Community Health

Margaret Lewis reduced

Community Health - Recreation & Parks Department
Margaret Lewis, Assistant Director & Community Health Coordinator
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466
Office: 708-283-5663 / Cell Phone: 708-825-5205
Email: mlewis@vopf.com
Website: www.villageofparkforest.com
Farmer’s Market website http://www.villageofparkforest.com/98/Farmers-Market 


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)


 


RESIDENT RESOURCES

WIC Here for you During COVID-19
Use Your SNAP Benefits to Buy Groceries Online
Free Benefit Help with The Greater Chicago Food Depository

Free Benefit Help with The Greater Chicago Food Depository (Spanish)



Resource Guide PhotoClick on the link below for a listing of resources:

Resource Guide
Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 Community Resource Guide

FLU SHOT INFORMATION


high-risk-433x288pxGetting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the 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 of the flu, many of whom are also at high risk for COVID-19 or serious outcomes. Click on the link below for more information.

https://getmyshot.org

People at High Risk For Flu Complications

FOOD PANTRIES


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The Pantry of Rich Township
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 p.m. 
22013 Governors Highway
Richton Park, IL 60417
708-228-5032
https://richtownship.org/food-pantry/

St. Irenaeus Church
Monday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday 2-6 p.m.
78 Cherry
708-748-6891
https://stirenaeuschurch.com/82

FOOD SAFETY RESOURCE LINKS


Food Safety gov logoFood Safety.Gov
People at Risk

Food Service Sanitation and Safety Certification Course at Prairie State College

Greater 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.

Illinois Department of Public Health   http://www.dph.illinois.gov

For a detailed listing by Services and Department, visit https://www.dph.illinois.gov/contact-us

Food Safety During the Holidays 

MEDICAL SHARPS AND NEEDLE DISPOSAL


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 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.

https://www.mydisposal.com/medical-sharps-and-needle-disposal

MOBILITY LOSS

Mobility loss puts older adults at risk. Research shows exercise can help, Visit https://onlinegrad.baylor.edu/resources/mobility-exercises/
for more information.
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NIH – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
Health Tips for Older Adults

TOWNSHIPS & SENIOR SERVICES


Rich Township
22013 Governors Highway
Richton Park, IL 60471
708-748-6722
info@richtownship.org

Rich Township Senior Services
297 Liberty Dr.
Park Forest, IL 60466
708-748-5454
https://richtownship.org/senior-services/

Bloom Township Center
425 Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
708-754-9400 ext. 7270
https://www.bloomtownship.org/185/Senior-Services

Senior Services of Will County
251 N. Center St.
Joliet, IL 60435
815-723-9713
http://willcountyseniors.org/locations/

SILVER SNEAKERS


https://www.silversneakers.com 

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SNAP, EBT, B-EBT, P-EBT

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 the 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
uw-mc.org 


USDA (US Department of Agriculture)  
Choose My Plate