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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
Blog: Health officials learn about rural public health issues
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By RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall
Oct. 1, 2012 10 a.m.

The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of

their staff recently attended the 2012 1st Annual Northern Illinois Rural

Public Health Institute.

Gail Ripka, Health Department Administrator; Sandy Sommer, RN Health

Department Director of Clinical Services; Carrie Boelens, Community Health

Educator; and Bethany Stapel, Health Department Intern attended the

conference held recently at the Holiday Day Inn - Rock Island, Illinois.

Sommer notes, "The goals for the Institute attendees were to provide an

opportunity for professional growth, educational enrichment and networking

to those professionals who work in the fields of: rural public health,

health care, surveillance, epidemiology, mental health, chronic disease,

agriculture and education."

Areas of interest covered during the 3-Day conference included: SIREN

Health Network Training; Veteran's Mental Health; Social Media Mechanics;

Using Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health; Community Health

Assessments; Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Illinois Communities; Worksite

Wellness; and updates on the latest health information.

Sommer adds, "At the conclusion of the Institute, participants were able

to understand and analyze trends and developments in the field of rural

public health through lectures, exercises, discussion and professional

networking. In addition, this conference provided our Health Department

staff with important information that will give us great insight in

continuing our goal of better serving the residents of Henry and Stark

County."

For more information on the services available to local residents,

through the Henry and Stark County Health Departments, call the Department

at (309) 852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find

us on Faceboook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments


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