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Tips for a Happy and Healthy Summer!

Summer may almost be over, but we still have more memories to make before the fall! Make sure you enjoy the rest of your summer happy and healthy with these quick tips!  

Behavioral Health Needs: Rockford/Winnebago Advisory Group

“The behavioral health needs that exist, coupled with the lack of clinical resources to adequately address the issues, have a far-reaching and negative impact on the overall health of our residents and our community,” said Mayor Tom McNamara. Healthcare experts from...

Community Health Workers: Who, How, and Why?

According to the American Public Health Association, a community health worker (CHW) is “a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to...

Hello, HelloInsight!

"Young people are dynamic and full of promise, with many different pathways to success." This is a quote directly from the homepage of an organization called HelloInsight. It encompasses the purpose of their program: helping youth development programs better...

Healthy Community Study – June Update

Our triannual Health Community Study is well underway as of June 2023. The Health Council completed the Community Analysis portion in May, a summary of data collected through various sources and will be publicly available along with the survey results. In...

RockfordReady Auburn Highschool TikTok Scholarship

The Health Council presented RockfordReady, the health literacy and covid vaccination grant we serve as a part of, with the idea of involving our youth in the health literacy conversation by engaging them through TikTok. This came to fruition April 2023-May 2023 for...

IRIS Pilot Launch

The Youth Mental Health System of Care (YMHSOC) initiative is facilitating the pilot implementation of the Integrated Referral and Intake System (IRIS). IRIS is a web-based referral application that improves communication among partners by streamlining the referral...

Rockford Summit on Racism

The Rockford Summit on Racism was hosted by Eliminate Racism 815 on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 at the UW Health Sports Factory. Over 400 people attended this gathering of interested community organizations, businesses, and concerned individuals. Included in the several...

2023 County Health Rankings National Findings Report

Click Here for the full 2023 CHR Report Introduction County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) brings actionable data, evidence, guidance and stories to support community-led efforts to grow community power and improve health equity. The University of...

Strengthening HCS2023 Through Community Partnerships: Region1 Planning

Region 1 Planning Council is conducting a 2023 Healthy Community Survey on behalf of the Rockford Regional Health Council. This survey will help Rockford Regional Health Council’s Health Community Study in identifying trends in the health status of our region. A...

Understanding Covid-19 Vaccinations: Glossary of Terms

This list, provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, identifies and explains new and frequently used terms used by health officials and media regarding vaccines and how to protect yourself during the pandemic. Isolation:  When a person is infected with a...

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What it Means to Be a Healthy Community

Community health is a lot more than just health care. It’s people and neighbors communicating and sharing ideas. It’s safe, stable housing. It’s economic opportunity for all. It’s available transportation. It’s government and citizens working together. Rockford Regional Health Council works as a catalyst for collaboration to help assure a healthy community. Join us! Become involved. Make a difference!

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