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Healthy Families Illinois Advisory Board

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Macoupin County Healthy Families Illinois Program Advisory Board is a volunteer community group that serves the Macoupin County Healthy Families Illinois Program. Healthy Families is a program designed for parents who are expecting their first child. Families can voluntarily sign onto the Healthy Families Macoupin County Program prenatally up until the first-born child is 3 months of age. Once on the program, families can participate until their first-born child reaches the age of 5. Families have the option of opting out of the voluntary program at any time during their participation. Healthy Families is a nationwide program designed to support families expecting their first child by encouraging parent-child interaction, curriculum to support the family and child, developmental screenings and family assessments, resources, referrals, and helping the family to tap into their own unique strengths.  Our trained Family Support Specialists work with the families to provide effective home visits, focusing on each family’s needs and their child’s development.

If you would like to get involved and make a difference in the lives of our children in Macoupin County, please contact Morgan Wheeler, Program Manager at 217-854-3223 or [email protected].

Macoupin County Medical Reserve Corps

The Macoupin County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer group recruited trained, and maintained through the Macoupin County Public Health Department. MRC volunteers participate in annual public health training opportunities. In addition to public health emergencies, MRC volunteers learn the skills needed to respond to all Macoupin County disasters. All communication among volunteers is through phone or e-mail. As of now, there is not a commitment to monthly meetings. We are recruiting medical and non-medical volunteers who would be ready and willing to assist during a disaster, if needed. Prior experience in emergency response is not needed as we provide training, but experience is definitely welcomed.

The Macoupin County Medical Reserve Corps operates under the following mission statement:

‘Emergency response begins at the local level. The Macoupin County Medical Reserve Corps has been established to supplement the emergency response functions of Macoupin County, including response to Public Health disasters (pandemic influenza/ bio-terrorism), tornadoes, floods, chemical spills, earthquakes, etc. The MRC provides opportunities for citizens to train in response activities to better assist their communities and their families.’

Be your community’s emergency response resource. Join the Medical Reserve Corps today.

Macoupin County MRC Handbook
MRC Fact Sheet

To become an MRC volunteer, complete the MRC Application and return it to the Macoupin County Public Health Department (509 Illinois Avenue, Gillespie, IL 62033).

For more information regarding the Macoupin County Medical Reserve Corps, call 217-839-4111 or 217-839-4103, email: [email protected] or [email protected].

Safe Kids Program

The Macoupin County Public Health Department is a member of the Macoupin SafeKids Coalition.  Macoupin County SAFE KIDS is a coalition whose purpose is to reduce injury related morbidity and mortality rates among children ages 0 to 14 in Macoupin County and the surrounding area.  Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of injury death.  The objectives of this coalition will be accomplished by collaborating with state and local partners to promote safe lifestyle choices and behaviors such as using motor vehicle safety belts and child safety seats, wearing bicycle helmets and fire safety education.  For more information contact Morgan Wheeler at 217-854-3223 or [email protected].

Safe Kids Coalition Highlights

Advocacy on injury prevention
Car seat check up events
Fire Safety Education
Smoke detector distribution
Co-sponsored 32-hour Child Passenger Safety Classes
Bike Safety 
Farm Safety Days
Water Safety Activities
Participation in festivals/fairs

School Linked Health Center Advisory Board

The School Linked Health Center Advisory Board is a volunteer community group that serves the Maple Street School Linked Health Center. The Maple Street School Linked Health Center provides students with health care that addresses their needs as whole persons, physical as well as emotional, and that helps them to develop healthy lifetime habits which in turn will assist them in realizing their fullest potential. The Health Center is linked to the Gillespie, Bunker Hill, Staunton, North Mac, Northwestern, Mt. Olive, Southwestern and Carlinville School Districts.

For more information or to join this group, contact Bailey Jarman at 217-839-1526.