Community Health

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Community Health - Recreation & Parks Department
Margaret Lewis, Community Health Coordinator
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466
Office: 708-283-5663 / Cell Phone: 708-825-5205

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Community Health Services
•Wellbeing checks on residents
•Medical equipment loan closet
•Annual farmers market management
•Food service health inspections (retail food, daycare, and restaurants)
•Health monitoring of senior building residents
•Health services referrals (i.e. homemaker, primary care, immunizations, home health)
•Health information resource (diabetes, heart disease, cancer)


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(Listed Alphabetically)

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Click on the link below for a listing of resources: 

Resource Guide

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 Community Resource Guide


AARP Community Connections

AARP Fit Guide   AARP Home Fit Guide 

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American Cancer Society

Early Detection Helps Prevent Deaths from Breast Cancer

Skin Cancer

American Heart Association LogoAmerican Heart Association

American Heart Association Articles:  (Click on links below)

Health Threats From High Blood Pressure

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American Lung Association

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American Red Cross

Blood Pressure Information:  Basic Steps to Helping Control Your Blood Pressure

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Energy assistance, Family Support and Community Engagement, Housing Services, Home Weatherization
and WIC (women, infants & children)

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Center for Disability & Elder Law

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Influenza (Flu)

Mission Possible: Achieving Health Equity through Inclusive Public Health Practice

Cholesterol Information:  Do you Know Your Cholesterol Levels?

Clinic Referrals for School Physicals and/or General Services

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ComEd - Residential Hardship
Are you past-due on your electric bill and have a financial hardship due to job loss, illness, military deployment, disability, or as a senior citizen? If so, you may be eligible for assistance through ComEd's Residential Special Hardship program. Income-eligible, residential customers can apply once every two years for grants of up to $500* based on need and availability of program funds.

Diabetes and Your Heart Video:

Flu Shot Information
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu.

Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk from flu; many of whom are also at high risk for COVID-19 or serious outcomes. Click on the link below for more information.

People at High Risk For Flu Complications

Preparing for the 2020-2021 Flu Season?  Here is what you need to know.

Food Pantries

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The Pantry of Rich Township
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 pm 
22013 Governors Highway
Richton Park, IL 60417

St. Irenaeus Church
Monday 9 am - 1 pm
Thursday 2-6 pm
78 Cherry

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Food Safety.Gov
People at Risk

Food Service Sanitation and Safety Certification Course at Prairie State College

Greater Chicago Food Depository logoGreater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago's food bank. We provide food and hope for Chicago and Cook County. Find food and get involved.

Health In Aging

Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues 

Tips for Preventing Serious Falls

Illinois Department of Public Health

For a detailed listing by Services and Department visit

Food Safety During the Holidays 

LIHEAP - Low Income Home Entergy Assistance Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with
their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization
and energy-related home repairs.

Medical Sharps and Needle Disposal
When it comes to disposing of “sharps” we’ll get right to the point. Medical needles, syringes, lancets and auto injectors are all considered to be “sharps” and must be disposed of properly. When sharps are just loosely thrown into the garbage, they pose a potential risk of injury and could be a major health hazard to garbage collectors. Sharps should never be disposed of in household recycling carts. Click on the link below for more information from Homewood Disposal.

Mobility Loss
Mobility loss puts older adults at risk. Research shows exercise can help, Visit
for more information.

Nicor Gas – Energy Assistance Program Energy Assistance Programs for Residential Customers
We believe everyone has the right to clean, safe and reliable natural gas. You deserve peace of mind when it comes to paying your bill. If you’re experiencing financial hardship and aren't able to pay your bill, explore the available energy assistance funds. For additional help understanding your options, finding the right grant or understanding your bill, please call (888.642.6748). We're here to help and support you.

NIH – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
Health Tips for Older Adults

Park Forest Community Cares Fund
The Park Forest Community Cares Fund is a partnership between the Village of Park Forest and Respond Now. Through the program, Park Forest residents experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus may be eligible for a one time credit to their Park Forest utility bill account. Contact Respond Now at 708-755-4357.

Respond Now
1439 Emerald Ave, 
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Respond Now provides immediate, short-term assistance so families can meet their day-to-day needs and focus on looking for more long-term solutions. With the assistance of partners, donors, staff and volunteers we strive to break the cycle of poverty.

Respond Now assists our clients through the following services: food pantry, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, foreclosure prevention, SNAP Outreach, Medicaid Expansion assistance, prescription medication vouchers, temporary lodging, transportation, clothing, Community Garden, books for children, Holiday Giveaway and Back-To-School backpacks and supplies.

Rich Township
22013 Governors Highway
Richton Park, IL 60471

Senior Services 
Rich Township Senior Services
297 Liberty Dr.
Park Forest, IL 60466

Bloom Township Center
425 Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
708-754-9400 ext. 7270

Senior Services of Will County
251 N. Center St.
Joliet, IL 60435


 How Often Should I Have My Cholesterol Checked?

 4 Ways to Sculpt Your Arms and Shoulders Sitting in a Chair

State of Illinois Department of Human Services Pandemic EBT (B-EBT) Snap Benefits 
Need Help Buying Food for Your School Age Children?
Apply for P-EBT SNAP Benefits. This is a special benefit that can help you buy food for your school age children 3 to 17 years old and 18 to 22 years old (in high school), who would receive National School Lunch Program free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session.Visit P-EBT SNAP Benefits Flyer for more information. 

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
333 South Wabash Ave, 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 906-2350 

USDA (US Department of Agriculture)  
Choose My Plate



About COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments, and public health partners throughout Illinois, and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 that was first identified in December 2019 during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, including the United States, since it was detected and was declared a public health emergency for the U.S. on January 31, 2020 to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to the threat.  The World Health Organization announced March 11, 2020 that the spread of coronavirus qualifies as a global pandemic.

In addition, Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation March 9, 2020 regarding COVID-19 that gives the state access to federal and state resources to combat the spread of this newly emerged virus.

The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported January 21, 2020 and the first confirmed case in Illinois was announced January 24, 2020 (a Chicago resident). The first cases outside Chicago and Cook County were reported March 11, 2020 in Kane and McHenry counties. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on the CDC webpage at Illinois case totals and test results are listed here.

Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to be mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Preliminary data suggest older adults and people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems seems to be at greater risk of developing serious illness from the virus.

If you are sick and have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, stay home and call your medical provider.  Keep in mind there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill can isolate at home. While at home, as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people. Those who need medical attention should contact their health care provider who will evaluate whether they can be cared for at home or need to be hospitalized.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats.  Rarely animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people.

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide.  However, the emergence of novel (new) coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, have been associated with more severe respiratory illness.


Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell 

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.


Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through

  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • rarely, fecal contamination


The following can help prevent the spread of coronaviruses and protect yourself from becoming infected.

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick

There are currently no vaccines to protect against human coronavirus infection


There are no specific treatments. To help relieve symptoms

  • take pain and fever medications
  • drink plenty of liquids
  • stay home and rest
For more information visit:

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV): Frequently Asked Questions

Hand washing tips: How to clean your hands to protect against coronavirus.
The best line of defense against getting the flu, a cold or coronavirus is to wash your dang hands. Click on the link below. 


Has loneliness and depression set in due to COVID ? 

Click on the link  - Reach out to friendly AARP voluntee

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Click on the links below for more information:

COVID-19 - Cook County Department of Public Health (

Covid-19 Vaccine Information 


Community Health Center | Will County Health Department

Will County Covid Vaccine Survey