The Director of Health Promotion and Public Relations represents the Macon County Health Department on a variety of committees. Some of these are as follows:
“This Side Up – In My Own Bed” Safe Sleep for Babies Awareness Project – this project was developed because of the high infant mortality rates in recent years in Macon County. In collaboration with Decatur Memorial Hospital, the Macon County Health Department, Neuhoff Media, and St. Mary’s Hospital, funds have been raised to purchase safe sleep packets to be given out to every Macon County baby born. The purpose of this project is to inform parents, childcare providers, grandparents, and other caregivers about the safest way for babies to sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and prevent co-sleeping deaths. For more information about this project or to make a donation, please call Brandi Binkley at (217) 423-6988 extension 1114. For general information about SIDS, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/sids/index.htm.
Life Goes On Committee – the MCHD encourages you to become a registered organ and tissue donor. There are a lot of myths surrounding donation, so check out the website and information and make the decision to save a life – or several lives! It takes less than a minute to make this heroic commitment - just visit www.LifeGoesOn.com. For a speaker on this topic, please call Brandi Binkley at (217) 423-6988 extension 1114.
Human Services Agency Consortium (HSAC) – HSAC promotes and facilitates collaboration and information-sharing among social service providers and community agencies. It is a private, not-for-profit organization. Members represent diverse agencies within Macon County and the surrounding area that share the common goal of improving human services and community life. For more information about HSAC and what it can offer you as an individual or your non- or for-profit business or organization, please visit http://www.decaturnet.org/hsac/.
Decatur Area Asthma Coalition - the mission of the Decatur Area Asthma Coalition is to improve the quality of life for people with asthma through awareness, education, and advocacy. The coalition serves Macon, Piatt, and DeWitt Counties. For more information please call Brandi Binkley at (217) 423-6988 extension 1114. Website information will be available soon.
Decatur Health Coalition - this coalition is a collaboration of the MCHD, both area hospitals, the Community Health Improvement Center, and several other community organizations. This coalition plans 2 events per year; one for World COPD Day in November and another for World Health Day in April. If you would like additional information about this coalition or the events held, please call Brandi Binkley at (217) 423-6988 extension 1114. Website information will be available soon.