Health Department

Contact Us

1204 Logan Ave.
Belvidere, IL 61008
Phone #: 
815-544-2951
Fax #: 
815-544-2050
Hours: 
M-F 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.

Daily School Absenteeism Form

Our Mission

The mission of the Boone County Health Department is to protect and promote health in Boone County.

 

Hot Topics   

Ebola - Know the Facts:

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New Immunization Requirements for 2014-15 School Year

To help prevent illness and outbreaks due to vaccine-preventable diseases, Illinois is implementing new immunization requirements for the 2014-2015 school year. Beginning this year, children entering school at any grade level (kindergarten through 12) need to show proof of having received two doses each (instead of just one) of rubella and mumps vaccines. In addition, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade for the first time shall show proof of having received two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. 

For the following school year, 2015-2016, students will need to show proof of having received a meningococcal vaccination, something that is currently not required. For school entrance, students must show proof of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis b, varicella and pneumococcal (depending on age) vaccinations. More information about immunizations, including vaccination schedules, visit www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm.

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Summer Food Program in Boone County

More than two dozen organizations in Belvidere, Rockford, Loves Park, and South Beloit are providing healthy lunches and snacks to children. It's part of the City of Rockford and Lifescapes Summer Food Service Program. Check out the sites for Boone County.

Belvidere
First Presbyterian Church, 221 N. Main St. - Mondays only 12 to 1 p.m.
Ida Public Library, 320 N. State St. - Tuesday through Friday 12 to 1 p.m.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 401 N. Main St. - Thursdays only 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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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.

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 Information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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Programs & Services

Please see our brochure for a brief description of our Programs & Services.

 

Our Vision

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.

 

History 

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.