Kane County Health Department Milestones
Open House
Quality of Kane Open House
Kane Kares Video
Kane Kares Video Production
by Robert Wood Johnson
Immunization Clinic at
Cougars Stadium
Walk to School 
Walk to School Day
at Freeman School
in Aurora
Fit For Kids 2040 Plan
TB Screening
TB Screening at
Hesed House in Aurora
 Kane County Health Department accredited by Public Health Accreditation Board
 Community Health Assessment process begun in partnership
   with five hospitals, Inc Board, United Way.
 Health Department Strategic planning goals set.
 Quality of Kane initiative begun.
 Uncertain funding from the state caused discontinuance of
   most direct services, resulting in the layoffs of 60 employees.
   Health Department re-aligned to reflect 10 essential services.
 Accreditation process begun
 In April 2009, grants totaling $160,000 were made to three
   Kane County community coalitions—Activate Elgin, the Healthy
   Living Council of Aurora, and the Delnor Hospital.
   KCHD started a community garden of about one acre in size
   down the street from the Aurora office on Highland Avenue
 H1N1 pandemic. During the spring, five schools closed when
   students were diagnosed as “probable” cases. CDC guidance
   changed, and no more schools were closed. However, public
   health agencies needed to gear up for the “second wave”
   expected to hit in the fall. On Oct. 26, KCHD conducted three
   simultaneous mass clinics at local high schools, where we
   vaccinated more than 10,000 people. A second mass clinic
   was conducted at Elfstrom Stadium on Dec. 5, when another
   1,830 people were vaccinated. And close to 10,000 more took
   advantage of KCHD’s appointment-based system, for a total
   of 21,586 vaccinated.
 First “Vital Signs” published, presenting a report card to the
   community on the state of our residents’ health. The action
   plan is a summary of the ongoing work by the Department
   and its community partners on our five community health
 Fit  for Kids Funders Consortium formed
 In January, a food service worker at a restaurant in Geneva
   was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, which set in motion what
   would become one of Kane County Health Department’s most
   ambitious initiatives to protect the public. By the end of the
   week, more than 3,000 customers received IG shots, and
   KCHD staff had returned more than 1,000 calls taken on the
   hotline. The health department received no reports of any
   cases of hepatitis A.
 A Health Department sanitarian found that a store in Aurora
   was selling homemade, unlicensed cheese. A laboratory
   analysis found that this cheese was contaminated with the
   same salmonella PFG as that which a total of 52 Kane County
   residents, 17 in 2006 and 35 in 2007, were sickened.
   In October, a Kane County judge fined the grocery store
   $3,000 after its owners pled guilty to selling “improperly
   labeled” and “adulterated” cheese.
 Mary Lou England retires, Paul Kuehnert named
   Executive Director
 Making Kane County Fit for Kids campaign is launched
 County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay convened a
   future search conference to map out the future of the
   Health Department. More than 75 stakeholders and decision
   makers participated over a period of two days on May 15
   and 16.
 County received nearly 14 inches of rain in August, while the
   average monthly total is 4.62 inches, causing the Fox River
   and its tributaries to flood. KCHD staff worked closely with
   American Red Cross chapters, as well the Kane County
   departments of the Office of Emergency Management,
   Water Resources, Development, and the Division of
Third  IPLAN adopted; The health priorities are:
    Increase access to health care—both primary care and
       specialty care—for Kane residents who are uninsured and
       under-insured (more than 60,000 Kane residents are
       estimated to be affected)
    Eliminate the higher infant death rate experienced by
       Kane County’s African-American community
      (currently this rate is 3 times higher than Kane’s
       overall rate)
    Prevent Cardiovascular Diseases
      (the number 1 killer in Kane County)
    Increase Access to Mental Health Care
      (currently a very fragmented “system” in Kane County)
    Maintain core Public Health services that protect all
       Kane residents
       (e.g., restaurant inspections, well and septic services,
        and emergency preparedness and response)
 Kane County Health Department marks 20-year anniversary
 KCHAIN (Kane Community Health Access Integrated Network)
   is a new countywide initiative that targets low income
   uninsured, underinsured, and publicly insured residents of
   Kane County.
 A northern Illinois regional pertussis outbreak which included
   Kane County resulted in identification of 140 cases of
   pertussis during 2004 in contrast to 2 cases in 2003.