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We work to prevent the spread of about 70 reportable communicable diseases and enforce Cook County and Illinois public health laws, rules and regulations.

Forward Thinking

We gather and analyze communicable and chronic disease data and provide information about the priority health needs of our communities.

Problem Solvers

We plan for and address emerging health threats, and promote healthy living through public health services, education and community development.

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Problem Solvers

We are an affiliate of Cook County Health. For more information about Cook County Health and Hospital Systems, please click here.

Our Story

CCDPH brings residents, partners and resources together to optimize health and achieve health equity for all people living in suburban Cook County. We specialize in: chronic and communicable diseases, community health planning and epidemiology, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, lead poisoning, policy development, public information, and public health nursing.

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Leadership

Dr. Kiran Joshi

Senior Medical Officer and Co-Lead at Cook County Department of Public Health

dr-kiran-joshiDr. Kiran Joshi oversees CCDPH’s Behavioral Health, Chronic Disease, Communications, Community Engagement, Lead Poisoning Prevention, and Epidemiology Units. He is also an Attending Physician with the Department of Family Medicine at Stroger Hospital. Since joining CCDPH, Dr. Joshi has been responsible for overseeing the development of WePlan 2020, the community health assessment and improvement plan for suburban Cook County, advancing health equity as an agency and community health priority, and developing the agency’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic. He is co-leading the agency’s response to COVID-19. Dr. Joshi is also currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Rachel Rubin

Senior Medical Officer and Co-Lead at Cook County Department of Public Health

Dr. Rachel Rubin is board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. She moved into her senior medical officer position with the Cook County Health Department in 2014 and assumed the role of Co-Lead of the Department in March 2020. Her main areas of responsibility include oversight of the Communicable Diseases Unit, Environmental Health Services Unit, Integrated Health Support Services, and the Tuberculosis medical services and well as leading the Quality Improvement Program of the agency. She also has been serving as the agency’s incident commander for the COVID-19 response. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois, School of Public Health and has served as the Program Director of service grants from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Labor. She is part of the core faculty of the Preventive Medicine residency program at Cook County Health.

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Mission

To optimize health and achieve health equity for all people and communities of Cook County through our leadership and collaborations, focusing on health promotion and prevention, while advocating for and assuring the natural environmental and social conditions necessary to advance physical, mental and social well-being.

Vision

The Cook County Department of Public Health envisions a healthy Cook County where all people and communities thrive in safe, health-promoting conditions.

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Advisory Council

Learn more about our Community Health Advisory Council, upcoming and previous meetings, and membership.

Communicable Disease Prevention and Control

The Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit (CD) works to prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases within SCC. This responsibility is achieved through collaboration with those involved in the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and legal, ethical and social management of communicable diseases.

Community Epidemiology and Health Planning

The Community Epidemiology and Health Planning Unit (CEHP) Unit addresses health problems, disparities and trends by assembling, analyzing and disseminating data and information about the health of SCC. CEHP fosters coordination between CCDPH and other agencies in the region involved in community health planning efforts.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) coordinates public health preparedness efforts in partnership with various disciplines and local, county, state, and federal agencies to effectively plan for, respond to, and recover from events impacting the health of SCC residents and the safety of our employees.

Environmental Health Services

The Environmental Health Services Unit (EHS) is the regulatory arm of CCDPH and is empowered to enforce Cook County and Illinois state laws relating to environmental health issues within SCC. Environmental health inspectors regularly inspect, monitor, regulate, educate and advise the public on environmental health concerns that adversely impact human health.

Integrated Health Support Services

The Integrated Health Support Services Unit (IHSS) provides public health services to individuals and families. These services include: breast and cervical cancer referral, follow-up and case management; vision and hearing screening; public health nursing; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control.

Communications

The Policy Development and Communication Unit (PDCU) researches and analyzes public health policies, advocates for the adoption of science-based public health laws, rules and regulations and provides accurate and timely communications to SCC.

Prevention Services

The Prevention Services Unit (PSU) works in partnership with the community to build and sustain healthy environments. This unit is comprised of three departments – Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Violence Prevention – all involved in promoting and supporting healthy, active lifestyles in SCC communities, homes, schools, and workplaces. PSU is focused on preventing illness, injuries and deaths associated with such topics as chronic diseases, lead poisoning and violence.

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