About the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium

The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium is a 501 (c)(4) membership organization of the public health departments that serve the counties of Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will, and Winnebago, as well as the City of Chicago and Village of Skokie.

The mission of NIPHC is to promote and protect the health of the region through networking and collaborative action that raises public awareness, builds constituency and influences legislation and policies concerning public health issues affecting northern Illinois.

NIPHC also works to ensure effective communications in the event of a regional emergency through the public information officers (PIOs) that work for health departments in the Chicago metropolitan area. The PIOs meet and hold conference calls regularly in order to share best practices and prepare responses to regional health events such as food borne illness outbreaks, West Nile virus and influenza. Through coordinated messaging, press releases, newsletters, brochures, social media and other forms of communication, the PIOs in the region are dedicated to speaking in a unified voice to provide accurate, credible and timely health information to their diverse populations as well as stakeholders and the media.

This pandemic influenza web site was created through a grant provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The goal is to assist other PIOs throughout the state to better communicate with their residents in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak. Special emphasis has been placed on hard-to-reach populations.

Thank you to the health departments of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Winnebago counties for their assistance with this website.

Read the NIPHC After Action Report on H1N1 2009