Community Health

Margaret Lewis reduced


We welcome Margaret Lewis who accepted the position of Community Health Coordinator under the Recreation and Parks Department. Margaret has her nursing degree from Bradley University and has been employed at the Village of Park Forest Health Department for over seven years. She served as Interim Director of Nurses Plus for the past year and a half until its closure June 30, 2018.

She comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge in a variety of settings, but children and seniors are her passion. The new Community Health Coordinator will make weekly visits to meet with residents living in the area senior buildings, be a resource for health information for the community, planning programs and seminars that promote healthy lifestyles, oversee the annual farmers market, medical equipment loan closet and health inspections for the village.

“I am excited to begin my new journey within the village, assisting the community to live healthier lives in the future”. “Stop by and say hello soon”.

Contact Information:  Recreation & Parks Department
                                     350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466

Park Forest Main Street Market extractedPark Forest Main Street Market is open Saturdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., May through October, for shopping, food, and entertainment. For more information visit the Park Forest Main Street Market website or contact Margaret Lewis at 708-748-2005.

Park Forest Main Street Market Website


Programs and Events


Understanding Grief
Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. There are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss, find new meaning, and move on with your life.

Join the Park Forest Senior Citizens Advisory Commission and guest speaker from Journey Care on September 11th at noon to discuss “Understanding Grief”. This discussion will include suicide and depression.

Please register at the Recreation & Parks Department or call 708-748-2005 to register over the phone. 

Ages 21 & older                FREE                      
Village Hall, Boardroom 
32612-01     Tuesday      12 pm-2 pm     Sept 11

Get your Pneumonia and Shingles Shot
Clinic Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2018  - 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Location:  Rich Township - Shirley J. Green Senior Center, 297 Liberty Dr., Park Forest, IL 

Pneumonia and Shingles shots administered by the Pharmacy Team at your neighborhood Jewel-Osco
Bring your Medicare/medical insurance cards. Earn a coupon to save 10% on your grocery purchase at Jewel-Osco!

Healthy Aging Class (Free) 
Offered by Jewel-Osco Dietitian 
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:  Rich Township - Shirley J. Green Senior Center, 297 Liberty Dr., Park Forest, IL 
Call 708-748-5454 to register for class. 

  • Seminar presented by a dietician from Jewel-Osco discussing Health Aging
    Class participants sample two easy-to-fix dishes while learning about the 5 Steps to Healthy Aging! 
  • Participants also receive a 42-page guide filled with tips for cooking and shopping for 1 or 2, plus 30 delicious and quick recipes that help people follow the 5 Steps to Healthy Aging.

Influenza and Pneumovax Immunization Clinic
60 years & Older
Rich Township - Shirley J. Green Senior Center
297 Liberty Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466
Call for reservations: 708-748-5454

Flu and Pneumonia shot clinic, vaccines administered by Jewel-Osco pharmacy team. Free with Medicare Part B, bring Medicare card. Medicare pays for pneumonia shot after the age of 65. Please call 708-748-5454 for reservation.

Clinic Dates:
Thursday, September 27, 2018  9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, October 25, 2018       9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Clinic Referrals for School Physicals and/or General Services 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

CDC Articles: (Click on link below) 

Mission Possible: Achieving Health Equity through Inclusive Public Health Practice