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The Importance of Family Support

Submitted by Lauren Hoefert You often hear the phrases, “Family is everything,” or, “That’s what family is for.” No two statements could resonate more for the Immke family of Pontiac. Elaine Immke, 58, and Henry Immke, 77, grew up on each of their family’s corn and soybean farms near Pontiac. They are second cousins, with […]

The Future Fight Against Opioid Abuse Opioid Legislation in Congress Part 3

By Alexander Germanis Drug abuse is a plague of the modern era. It is a serious problem that negatively affects individuals, families, and even entire communities. Our community of Bloomington-Normal is, unfortunately, not immune to its influence. Opioids are one of those drugs that is not only abused by a large percent of the population, […]

What Is Safe Families for Children?

By Jessica Kober  “Surrounding families in crisis with caring, compassionate community” Safe Families for Children is a movement of thousands of churches and tens of thousands of volunteers across the country who are passionate about helping and caring for at-risk children and their parents. Designed to extend and strengthen the community safety net for at-risk […]

Re-Imagining Rehabilitation for Seniors Heartland Health Care Center-Moline Using Computer Generated “Virtual Reality” System t

Submitted by Heartland Health Care Center – Moline Seeking to enhance physical rehabilitation for patients, Heartland Health Care Center in Moline has recently installed a “virtual” rehabilitation system for aging adults in their therapy department. Called the OmniVRTM, this technology is making the rehabilitation process more fun and exciting for patients. The OmniVR uses a […]

Helping Your Neighbors in Need 2018 Foodshare Canathon

Have you ever been really hungry — stomach hurting and there is no food in the house nor any money or means to purchase food? That is the situation in the homes of over 30,000 people right here in central Illinois at least once a month. That is the reason that, for 34 years, the […]

Human Trafficking It Happens Here

By Sara Dillefeld, Director of Human Trafficking Services According to the United Nations, there are approximately 30 million victims of human trafficking around the world. Most people have a perception that human trafficking only happens in faraway countries or to undocumented people who are brought into the United States, but the reality is that Illinois […]

A Local Journey to National Public Health Accreditation

By Nicole Ingold, BA, Director of Strategic Performance, Peoria City/County Health Department Health departments across the state work every day to combat new public health threats and keep people healthy. They provide services such as ensuring safe food and water, collecting data on diseases that affect our community, and providing life-saving vaccines. Local health departments […]

The Dr. Gary Johnson Free Dental Clinic

By Alexander Germanis There is no greater way to attain a form of immortality than by doing good works. This Veteran’s Day, November 11, the doctors of Doran, Capodice, Efaw, and Ocheltree, LLC, are once again joining with local dentists to bring the Gary Johnson Free Dental Clinic to the community. Named for Dr. Gary […]