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January 29, 2021

 

 
 
 
 

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging all Illinoisans to make safety a priority this winter. IEMA and the National Weather Service (NWS) developed a Winter Weather Preparedness Guide to help Illinois residents stay safe during winter weather. “Being unprepared for winter weather is not only inconvenient, but it can be dangerous,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “We are encouraging all Illinoisans to take a few minutes to put together your home and vehicle emergency supply kits and review the steps you should take to stay safe during hazardous winter weather.” The Illinois Emergency Management Agency maintains the Ready Illinois website which includes critical safety information to help Illinoisans before, during and after any hazard, man-made or natural. The winter weather preparedness guide is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

 
 
 
 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program (PHNP) integrates community health centers, community-based organizations, and public health partners to coordinate resources for our most vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. The Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), in partnership with the Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA), was awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to serve as the Regional Coordinator for regions 2-9 of the PHNP to ensure coverage for these activities through direct services and/or sub-awarding to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other community-based agencies. Funding levels to serve as a sub-contracted agency for the PHNP will vary, with base funding expected to start at $30,000. For more information, see the Illinois Public Health Association website.

 

 
 
 
 

Ready in the Middle is an emergency preparedness initiative focused on pre-teens, teens, and their families. RITM helps youth participants and their families identify risks and hazards in and around their home by taking part in a comprehensive home hazards hunt. After potential hazards are identified, the family discusses strategies to mitigate risks. There is also an emergency preparedness component to RITM.  "Ready in the Middle involves the entire household, teaching everyone to identify and mitigate risks and hazards in and around the house," says Duane Friend, Illinois Extension energy and environmental stewardship educator. After identifying the risks and hazards, families discuss solutions to enhance safety and preparedness. The program focuses on children’s bedrooms, baby nurseries, adult bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and laundry areas, as well as outdoor areas, such as the backyard or pool area. The program includes safety and risks related to electrical wires, cords, outlets, heating and cooling elements, and firearms. Families review the home's emergency equipment, make local emergency contact lists, make escape plans, go over communication plans, and make first aid kits. Check your local Extension office to find the closest location for the training.

 

 
 
 
 

On February 12, Local Government Education will host the second in a telehealth webinar series provided in cooperation with Rural PartnersPart 2: The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities will define telehealth and examine its development and changes in healthcare during the pandemic. On February 17, Part 3: The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies looks at research suggesting that access to care, or convenience, is a major determinant of demand. Presenters will address the questions: How significant is telemedicine as a model for healthcare provision in Illinois? Does preference for telemedicine differ between the metro and the nonmetro population? What is the societal value of telemedicine? Last week’s Part 1: SIU Medicine’s Telehealth Program and Experience covered how SIU Medicine’s “telehealth to the home” services have expanded and continues to work toward future demand. To find more information on the series (or register), go to https://go.illinois.edu/LGE.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 12 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 2): The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities

February 17 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 3): The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies

February 19 - Governor's Hometown Award Application Due Date

February 24 & 25 - 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

March 2 - 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners

 

 
 
 
 
 

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