Check out our mobile unit schedule, bringing our services to you! We are offering Women Infant Children (WIC) services. At select locations, we are offering free COVID-19 and flu vaccines for people who are uninsured and underinsured. The COVID-19 and fluvaccine clinics are scheduled on a monthly basis, so please check our schedule regularly: Mobile Unit Schedule
¡Échale un vistazo a la agenda de nuestra unidad móvil, llevamos nuestros servicios a ti! Estamos ofreciendo servicios para Mujeres, Infantes y Niños (WIC). En localizaciones selectas, estamos ofreciendo vacunas contra COVID-19 y contra la gripe gratis para las personas que no tienen seguro o tienen seguro limitado. Las clínicas de COVID-19 y vacunas contra la gripe se programan mensualmente, así que favor de revisar nuestro horario regularmente: Agenda de la Unidad Móvil
Multiple states have reported potential cases to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of high blood lead levels (BLLs) in children consuming recalled cinnamon-containing applesauce products that have high levels of lead. Do not eat, sell, or serve multiple brands of recalled apple cinnamon fruit pouches. FDA's investigation is still ongoing.
Investigation of Elevated Lead Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches (November 2023)
Peer to Peer Referral / Refiera Al Programa de WIC
Are you familiar with our Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program? WIC helps parents to feed their children well during critical periods of growth and development. Getting started is simple! Complete the survey on the flyer below to begin the intake process or go to: https://redcap.dph.illinois.gov/surveys/?s=RK93KRFJTDXXK3YE.
Esta familiarizado con nuestro programa para mujeres, bebes y ninos (WIC)? WIC ayuda a los padres a alimentar bien a sus hijos durante los periodos criticos de crecimiento y desarrollo. Comenzar es simple! Complete la encuesta en el volante a continuacion para comenzar el proceso de admision o vaya a: https://redcap.dph.illinois.gov/surveys/?s=4PCELNAA7FE8X8CD.
Bed Bug & Tick Information
Transportation Information for Boone County Residents:
Did you know that the Boone County Council on Aging, also known as the Keen Age Center (2141 Henry Luckow Ln., Belvidere, IL 61008) offers rides to Boone County residents. Please see details below:
Monday through Friday / 8:00am to 4:30pm
Adults under 60 - $2.00 each ride
Adults over 60 – by donation
Children Under 12 - $1.00 each ride
Children 3 and under must have a car seat
Children under 12 must be escorted by an adult
The Keen Age Center also has a medical escort car to assist with medical rides to adjoining counties; the medical escort car is $1.00 per mile. This service requires a minimum of one week’s notice, dependent upon availability.
The Keen Age Center can also pick someone up at their home and connect them with the Rockford bus. The Rockford bus picks up at the Keen Age Center at 9:10, 12:10, 2:10 and 5:10. Boone County residents can call 815-975-9059 to schedule appointments.
Boone County Health Department Resource Guide (Revised February 2022) - This is a resource guide created by the Boone County Health Department that includes emergency hotlines (national, state and local) and resources for COVID-19, mental health and substance use, employment, and community services such as food pantries, housing, childcare, legal assistance, senior services and veteran's services.
Food Recalls and Outbreaks
Food Pantry Information
List of food pantries within 25 miles of Boone County
To report dead birds as it relates to Avian Flu, please see the information below or visit the IL Department of Agriculture's website at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Animals/AnimalHealth/Pages/Highly-Pathogenic-Avian-Influenza.aspx
Goodwill Grads GED Program
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is offering GoodGrads GED program to Boone County residents! Classes start in September and space is limited, so register today! To register call (815) 965-3795 or visit: www.goodwillni.org/educational-programs.
Well & Septic
The general goal of the Private Water Program is to protect the public health by assuring private water wells and pumps are installed to provide safe drinking water through the administration and enforcement of the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor’s Licensing Act, Water Well Construction Code Law, and the Water Well Pump Installation Code Law.
Food Permits & Sanitation
In Boone County, a food permit is required when any business establishment or organization, public or private, provides food prepared or sold at retail, for human consumption whether on or off the premises.
Medication Disposal Site In Poplar Grove
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 another permanent location for Boone County residents to dispose of prescription medications. In addition to the Public Safety Building, at 615 North Main St in Belvidere, you may now drop off unused medications at the Candlewick Lake Administration Building at 13400 Hwy. 76, Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Please click here for details.
Lead Poisoning in children is serious....and preventable.
The Boone County Health Department has a grant program in place for Boone County residents that help identify and correct lead paint hazards in homes. Please see our link to the left 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 mission of the Boone County Health Department is to serve our community by preventing the spread of disease, promoting equitable wellness & protecting the public's health.
The vision of the Boone County Health Department will guide & inspire the community to enjoy a high quality of life by:
- Redefining the role of public health delivery and advocacy
- Advancing a culture of diversity, health equity, inclusion, and justice
- Building strong community engagement & collaboration
We build a culture of excellence through integrity, respect, collaboration, innovation, and responsiveness. The five pillars are as follows:
- Integrity - We strive to build the public's trust by maintaining the highest standards of accountability, consistency, equity, and transparency.
- Respect - We approach all people with compassion and dignity, recognizing the importance of diversity, so that we may enrich the well-being of everyone.
- Collaboration - We actively engage in partnerships to improve health and support a strong public health system.
- Innovation - We creatively apply information and research to be a revolutionary leader in public health.
- Responsiveness - We ensure our work is efficient, timely and responsive to the public's needs, values and priorities.
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,
|1204 Logan Avenue
|Phone #: 815-544-2951
|Email Health Department
|Belvidere, IL 61008
|Fax #: 815-544-2050
|Hours: M-F 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
|For after-hours public health emergencies only & urgent communicable disease reporting, please call the Boone County Sheriff non-emergency dispatch at 815-544-2144, and they will contact a Public Health Official.