The Health Promotion Dept offers various services
to our communities in the Winnebago County

Programs and Services

Audio-Visual Screenings - Vision and hearing screening for pre-school to school age students in private/parochial schools.

International Travel - Education, recommendations and immunizations for persons traveling to foreign countries.

Oral Health - Oral health education, referrals and preventive dental services offered in Winnebago, Boone and Stephenson County schools.

Health Promotion - Health promotion screening activities for industry and general population. Flu and pneumonia immunizations, adult immunizations, blood tests and prostate screening for men.

And other programs available

  WCHD @
555 North Court Street - Second Floor
Rockford, IL 61103 
 Locations  Mailing Address:
401 Division Street
PO Box 4009
Rockford, IL 61110-0509
 How do I
get services?
 Please call the number below for more information.
 Hours  Monday through Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
 Contact  815-720-4264







In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks the USA Freedom Corps was created. The Medical Reserve Corps and Citizen Corps are component organizations within the USA Freedom Corps.

Medical Reserve Corps LogoMedical Reserve Corps consists of active or retired health professionals, individuals with relevant health related skills and many other area residents working in harmony with local health and government officials, professional emergency responders, non-profit organizations and other local service agencies to provide emergency relief -enhancing our area's capacity to respond to large scale public health emergencies such as biological/chemical terrorism, epidemic disease or other public health crises.

Professionals from all disciplines (practicing, inactive or retired) - we need nurses, physicians, dentists, EMT's, pharmacists, veterinarians, teachers, medical technicians or aides, psychologists, social workers, clergy, biologists, IT / administrative staff and many others. All members of the community are encouraged to volunteer for various support functions in a manner appropriate to their skills or training.


Prepare for a worst case scenario - a bioterrorism attack such as smallpox or anthrax. In the case of such an event, the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will report to one of 13 designated temporary mass prophylaxis clinics. We need the ability to immunize the entire tri-county population within 96 hours. This emergency procedure must be carried out without drawing personnel from current hospital staff that will be needed for the projected high demand at these facilities. Once prepared for this, we can be prepared for any disaster.

Short training sessions will be available to volunteers. The sessions you may choose to attend will depend upon your role in the Medical Reserve Corps. Your time investment in this community-based emergency response organization can be a minimal 2-hour initial training/information session, one-time or annual tabletop exercises or drills and the potential benefit to the health of our community is immeasurable. Optional additional training/ certifications will be offered as available. In the event of an actual community emergency or disaster we do NOT need fear and confusion – we need residents prepared first at home and then to help others. Will you be a part of a long-overdue revitalized effort for organized public health emergency and disaster volunteerism?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, click here. If you need any additional information, contact Karla Chester at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Theresa James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mailing Address:
Winnebago County Health Department
Medical Reserve Corps
401 Division Street
PO Box 4009
Rockford, IL 61110-0509

DATE:  12 JAN 2012


The Winnebago County MRC has scheduled two Orientation meetings for propspective MRC volunteers and current MRC volunteers. These meetings are scheduled as follows:

THURSDAY, 16th FEB 2012 6:30pm - 7:30pm


TUESDAY 21st FEB 2012, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

You can elect to attend either meeting as they are offering the same agenda. Both meetings will take place in the Conference Room located on the Ground Floor of the new health dept. facility located at:

555 Noth Court Street, Rockford IL 61103

Both meetings will include: an introduction to the new Winnebago County Organizational Chart (to include the new Specialty Volunteer Response Teams), overview of this years MRC activities, and the Training and Exercise calendar for 2012. A question and answer session will then follow.

For current MRC members, an opportunity to update your contact information and to apply for one of the new Specialty Volunteer Response Teams will be provided and an opportunity for you to provide your ideas and suggestions for the future will be offered.

If you are not a current member of the Medical Reserve Corps, we will demonstrate ways for you and your family to be prepared for an emergency and show you a way to make a differance in y our community.

For all current members of the Winnebago County MRC, letters requesting an update to your Volunteer status have gone out in the mail. The deadline for replies will be January 31st 2012. After that date any member who has not been heard from will have their file archived. Any member whose file is archived may request re-activation of their file by contacting the staff listed below.

Karla Chester at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (815)720-4033.

The first edition of the Winnebago County MRC newsletter for 2012 will be sent to the e-mail addresses provided and will also be posted on the website, along with the 2012 Training and Exercise calendar.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the staff listed above.

We have a fantastic and exciting year planned, and we can't wait to work with you to prepare our community for emergencies.


Karla Chester
Winnebago County MRC Coordinator

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