Bureau, Putnam & Marshall County Health Departments
Administrator: Hector Gomez
Address: 220 East High Street, Hennepin, IL 61327
Monday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
The mission of the Putnam County Health Department is to prevent disease and promote & protect health through education, collaboration, and public service. Our vision is to be a collaborative agent for change in health problems that our community faces and to become a health/wellness provider and resource for all in our community.
The environment directly affects our health status and plays a major role in our quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. Health department staff permits and inspects food facilities, water wells, geothermal wells and septic systems, inspects state-licensed tanning and body art facilities, tracks West Nile Virus activity and provides Food Handlers and Certified Food Sanitation Manager Classes and consultations to ensure that our community has the healthiest environment possible. See our website for forms and class information.
Infectious diseases continue to pose a threat to public health. The health department works in several ways to prevent disease in our community.
- The communicable disease program provides investigation and follow-up on reportable communicable diseases.
- Our immunization program offers a wide array of both adult and child vaccinations. Not only can we bill most insurance companies, we also offer the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program for uninsured or underinsured children. There is no cost for these vaccines, and only a small administrative fee per visit, which is billable to Medicaid. Our public health nurses also draw blood to check lead levels in children and can tell you what vaccinations are recommended for travel abroad.
- Very low-cost laboratory services for most blood tests are offered every week. An order from your medical provider is required and results are usually available within a few days. Calling ahead for an appointment time is recommended.
The health department offers many programs aimed at keeping families healthy.
- As a part of our WIC program, we support children by encouraging breastfeeding and good parenting and by providing formula and food for age-eligible children, pregnant women, and new mothers. Our WIC families also receive vouchers to buy fresh produce at local farmers' markets. Certified breastfeeding counselors are on staff.
- Through HealthWorks we collaborate with DCFS to ensure foster children receive proper medical and dental care.
- Through our Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) we help women receive free cancer screening.
- The Genetics Program assesses family history for risk of certain genetic diseases, provides education on inherited diseases, and makes referrals.
CPASA (Community Partners against Substance Abuse) is a youth substance abuse prevention coalition that grew from the health department's community health needs assessment. Together they work to empower our youth to live substance-free lives.
BP Power is our youth coalition which covers 5 school districts. Its mission is to raise awareness of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse for fellow teens and is led by substance abuse teen advocates and leaders. Through BP Power we are helping to teach kids how to change their world.
Mental health involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. Good mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community. It isn't about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a perfect life. It's about living well and feeling capable despite challenges. Good mental health is within everyone's reach. Our health department is working together with our community partners to find ways to promote mental health in our community and to incorporate mental health education and encouragement into the programs that we do.
The Emergency Preparedness Program works to prepare our community for emergencies. By working to build strong relationships between response partners we ensure the best overall response, communication, and recovery assistance. We work to train public health workers and volunteers and educate the community in preparedness through our Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).
Our public health dental clinic works together with volunteer dentists and dental specialists to bring healthy smiles to the faces of many residents each year. We are an Illinois Department of Public Health "safety net clinic" with a mission to provide care for underserved populations, low-income families, and families qualifying for Medicaid. Under our discount program, qualifying patients have all of their dental care costs income-based.
The health department continually works to align available resources with our mission as well as the needs of the community and shares resources with other community partners. We collaborate with the Bureau County Health Department to administer public health services for our community members. While being neighbors, we also share very similar community health needs unique to our rural setting. By partnering together we can provide quality, responsive public health services economically for all. For more information please visit our website at https://www.bchealthdepartment.org/ or find us on Facebook!