The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve Under the direction of the Dementia Coordinator. This position provides functional administration and program support for the dementia program and other aging related efforts within the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Promotion, Division of Chronic Disease.
Supports the dementia coordinator with grant administration of all dementia and healthy aging related programs.
Consults with and assists the dementia coordinator in identifying and developing activities that align with the Alzheimer's Disease State Plan and reduce public health disparities for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Develops, prepares, and maintains documents, spreadsheets, and other reports for monitoring the coordination of quality statewide dementia efforts and trainings.
Engages in other healthy aging and older adult related efforts.
Assists with the organization of the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee activities, including but not limited to scheduling meetings, planning & posting agendas, recording & posting minutes, processing board member paperwork, administering and tracking training for board members.
Analyzes proposed legislative changes or new legislation that impacts dementia or older adults.
Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of duties enumerated above.
Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college.
Requires two years of professional experience in community organization, social service work, or in program planning and development.
Conditions of Employment
Requires appropriate, valid driver’s license.
Requires ability to travel in the performance of duties.
In Illinois, if you have eaten at a restaurant ... required hospital or nursing home care ... vacationed at a campground or swam at a public beach or pool ... drank a glass of milk ... got married or divorced ... had a baby, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has touched your life in some important way.
Assuring the quality of our food, setting the standards for hospital and nursing home care, checking the safety of recreation areas, overseeing the inspection of milk producing farms and processing plants, maintaining the state's vital records and screening newborns for genetic diseases are just some of the duties of IDPH.
In fact, IDPH has 200 different programs that benefit each state resident and visitor, although its daily activities of maintaining the public's health are rarely noticed unless a breakdown in the system occurs. With the assistance of local public health agencies, these essential programs and services make up Illinois' public health system, a system that forms a frontline defense against disease through preventive measures and education. Public health has provided the foundation for remarkable gains in saving lives and reducing suffering. Today, lif...e expectancy is 80 years for women and 74 years for men compared with fewer than 50 years at the at the beginning of the 20th century.
In the past, IDPH directed state efforts to control smallpox, cholera and typhoid, virtually eliminated polio, reduced dental decay through fluoridation of community water supplies, and corrected sanitary conditions that threatened water and food supplies.
Today, IDPH has programs to deal with persistent problems that require continued vigilance – infectious diseases, such as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and meningococcal disease; foodborne and communicable diseases, such as E. coli 0157: H7, monkeypox, salmonella and West Nile virus; vaccine preventable diseases; lead poisoning; lack of health care in rural areas; health disparities among racial groups, breast, cervical and prostate cancer; Alzheimer's disease; and other health threats -- sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, violence, and other conditions associated with high-risk behaviors. In addition, IDPH has been charged with handling the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of bioterrorism.
IDPH, which is one of the state's oldest agencies, was first organized in 1877 with a staff of three and a two-year budget of $5,000. IDPH, now has an annual budget of $2.9 billion in state and federal funds, headquarters in Springfield and Chicago, seven regional offices located around the state, three laboratories, and 1,200 employees.
IDPH is organized into 12 offices, each of which addresses a distinct area of public health. Each office operates and supports numerous ongoing programs and is prepared to respond to extraordinary situations as they arise.