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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. Macoupin County Healthy Families program is designed for women who are expecting their first baby. It is offered to a limited number of families within two weeks of the baby’s birth. Families can participate until the baby turns five years old. The program is provided in the home by a trained support specialist. The Healthy Families program provides activities and games that encourage a child’s growth and development, shares new information to support child rearing, helps parents build a baby book that records their child’s amazing talents, provides resources to support parents with raising a child, and completes questionnaires that screen and monitor a child’s development.

If you would like to get involved, contact Debbie Link, Program Coordinator at 217-854-3223 or [email protected].

Macoupin County Diabetes Coalition

Macoupin Diabetes Coalition was established in 2010 to increase diabetes awareness for people who reside in Macoupin County and those who are affected by diabetes.  This is a dedicated group of volunteers. Among their efforts has been several Dining with the Doc events that provide residents an opportunity to attend an educational event with a healthcare professional.  This group meets approximately five to six times throughout the year and welcomes new members.  For more information, call Debbie at 217-854-3223.

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.

Medical Reserve Corps Resources:
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 (112 South Macoupin Street, 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 Debbie Link at 217-854-3223 or [email protected].

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, Southwestern and Carlinville School Districts.

For more information or to join this group contact:

Christy Blank: 217-930-2283

Becky Hatlee: 217-716-2308

Samantha Thomas: 217-839-4165

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Group

This coalition meets quarterly to discuss and plan programs for the community that will help reduce the number of teen pregnancies occurring in Macoupin County.

Contact the Health Education Team at 217-839-4114 for information on the next meeting and how you can be involved.