The mission of the Boone County Health Department is to protect and promote health in Boone County.
50 Year Anniversary!
The Boone County Health Department is celebrating 50 years of Public Health in Boone County. Please join us for an Open House on Wednesday, September 21st from 4-6:30pm at our office at 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere IL. There will be a special presentation at 5pm, honoring Dr. Kent Hess for over 40 years of service to the Health Department, saying goodbye to our recently retired Administrator, Cindy Frank, and welcoming our new Administrator, Amanda Mehl.
West Nile Virus Season Is Here
West Nile Virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitos can then spread the virus to humans and other animals.
In an effort to track the presence of West Nile Virus, the Boone County Health Department is asking residents to call our office at 815-544-2951, Ext. 2 if they find a dead bird on their property. We can then determine if it is an appropriate specimen to send for testing for WNV.
Because mosquitos can breed in any standing water that is present for more than five days, and typically stay within a one mile radius of their breeding site, residents should also ensure that there is no stagnant water on or near their property. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminate all standing water and debris. Click here to view a flyer that shows common spots on a property where water can collect or poor maintenance can become a problem.
Please click on the link below from the Illinois Department of public health to view fact sheets, frequently asked questions, statistics, and other information regarding West Nile Virus in Illinois.
Illinois Department of Public Health Press Release click here.
For the most up to date information please visit the CDC website.
In an effort to keep prescription medications from being abused, and to stop accidental poisonings, addiction, and water pollution,the Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition is pleased to announce a permanent location for Boone County residents to dispose of prescription medications. Please click here for details.
Lead Poisoning in children is serious....and preventable.
The Boone County Health Department has a new grant program in place for Boone County residents that help identify and correct lead paint hazards in homes. Please see our link to the right entitled "Environmental & Regulatory Services" for facts on lead, to see if you qualify, and to find out how to apply.
Programs & Services
Please see our brochure for a brief description of our Programs & Services.
The BCHD will be recognized throughout the State of Illinois as:
- A catalyst to inspire and guide the community towards optimal health;
- A creative and innovative leader in quality public health program delivery;
- A model in public health program performance measurements;
- A team of public health professionals who exemplify common core values and goals.
In 1966, the Boone County Health Council, which was introduced in 1937, was dissolved and the Boone County Health Department (BCHD) was established by resolution. In 1985, Boone county voters passed a referendum allowing the county to levy a tax in support of public health. The department has since met the criteria necessary to be designated as a certified public health department by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Boone County Board of Health
A volunteer, 11-member Board of Health is appointed by the county board chairman and approved by the county board. Illinois state statute requires the board include: two physicians, a dentist, a county board representative, and interested community members. These volunteers serve 3-year terms and represent the community at large. The Board of Health governs health department operational issues such as the annual budget and the development of policy and procedures. For Board of Health meeting dates, minutes, and agendas, click here.