The Park Forest Health Department is a municipal resolution-type community health nursing service that was organized in 1952. The Health Department delivers a variety of health services consistent with the changing needs of the community. The Village Board is the Board of Health. Services are provided at the lowest possible cost to encourage active participation in wellness and prevention activities. Services are funded by the following resources:
- Insurance reimbursement
- Private contributions and grants
- Service fees
- Tax support
Keeping the Community Healthy
The following are keys to maintaining a healthy community:
The driving principle behind Health Department activities is the encouragement and empowerment of individuals and groups to pursue healthy behaviors and to reject lifestyle choices that produce illness.
Clinical Service Areas
The Health Department is organized into five clinical service areas.
- Environmental Health - This service area is responsible for food safety inspections and consultations to the Park Forest businesses and groups that serve food in the community. The Health Department staff collaborates with other village departments on housing safety issues for residents.
- Home Health (Nurses Plus Home Healthcare of Park Forest) - This service area provides skilled nursing care and other therapies in the patient’s home during recuperation. Bath and personal hygiene care, medication management, and well-being checkups are examples of available services.
- Mother, Child and Family Health - This service area currently provides School Physical Clinics, immunization, screening, and health education for children.
- Senior Health - This service area provides targeted monthly health screening services and consultation to Rich Township seniors. Consultation, maintenance, and prevention services are provided to all area older people. The department maintains nursing offices at Garden House, Victory Centre, and Cedar Ridge Apartments.
- Adult Health - This service area immunizes people over the age of 18, delivers a variety of preventative health education seminars, and provides screening clinics that target under served south suburban residents.