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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 Morgan Wheeler, Program Coordinator 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.