Public Health Department

Public Health Dept. Administrator

 

310 E. Torrance Ave., Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone:  (815) 844-7174
Fax:  (815) 842-1063

  • Visit the Livingston County Public Health Department Website at:  www.lchd.us

The Health Department is in charge of designing programs to provide educational, preventative, and healthcare services for people of all ages.

“Assuring conditions in which people can be healthy”

The Public Health Department was established by resolution in June of 1966 and approved by popular vote through a county referendum in November of 1976.  The Livingston County Health Department has been awarded full certification by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Medicare certification for operation of a home health agency.

The Livingston County Board of Health, which oversees activities of the Health Department, is a board of eight members appointed by the County Board to serve three-year terms, who are eligible to be re-appointed at the expiration of their terms.  The Health Department Administrator is hired by the Board of Health.  The current Administrator is MaLinda Hillman, who was appointed to the position in 1996, after being employed with the department since 1980.  The department employs approximately fifty employees to carry out the programs and to provide administrative support.

Programs offered by the Health Department are designed to provide educational, preventative, and healthcare services for eligible citizens of all ages.

Programs available under Maternal/Child Health include: WIC (nutritional program for pregnant, breast-feeding women and children under the age of five); Family Case Management (assessment, referral, teaching and advocacy for pregnant women, infants); Healthy Families (intensive home visiting program concentrating on parenting skills for infants); Family Planning, Pontiac Township High School Based Health Center, school nursing, vision and hearing screening, immunizations, lead screening, dental sealants, health education, and home health.

The Chronic Disease Division includes: Medicare certified home health care, public health nursing, sliding scale homemaker services, nursing home prescreens, community care assessments for homemaker services, wellness clinics, adult immunizations, and health education.

The Environmental Health division of the department provides services in the areas of: restaurant and temporary food stand inspections, and certified food handler classes; issuing permits and providing assessments and consultations for septic systems and well water; conducting sanitary surveys prior to real estate transactions; and inspection of tanning beds for compliance with state regulations.

Operating funds for the Health Department are obtained from federal, state and private grants, home health services, fees, contracts, donations and the tax levy.  The total Health Department budget is approximately $1,500,000, of which only 10% comes from local tax dollars.

Many of the Health Department programs have specific eligibility guidelines, and the public is urged to call (815) 844-7174 for each program’s criteria.  The Health Department offices are located in the Health and Education Building at 310 East Torrance Avenue.