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Jackson County Health Department Celebrates National Public Health Dept Week

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Jackson County Health Department

This is National Public Health Week and Jackson County Health Department celebrates by recognizing their community partners and dedicated staff who work together to address rural health challenges.

Public Health focuses on disease prevention and intervening actions aimed at the population as a whole. Rural areas, like Southern Illinois, when compared to urban areas, often face greater risks of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, unintentional injury from motor vehicle crashes, and opioid overdoses. Access to health care is also lower in these areas.

Jackson County Health Department monitors health trends, and works with numerous community partners to develop and implement interventions to address rural health challenges. Learn more on their website, www.jchdonline.org

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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