Diabetes, Springfield Illinois

Have you signed up for our September diabetes class?

If you are yet to attend one of our Living Well With Diabetes classes you can expect to learn, from a registered diabetic dietician, about the pancreas, insulin, the types of diabetes – Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes.  You will also learn how diabetes affects the body, including your eyes, nerves, kidneys, teeth, feet, heart and blood vessels. The diabetic dietician will go over good foot care to prevent any problems arising from your diabetes. Demonstrations on injection methods will also be given.

If you are diabetic you should see your doctor every three-to-six months, your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) annually, your dentist every six months, and your podiatrist (foot doctor) as needed. It is important to take your medicine every day, as prescribed.

Attendees will also go over how, when, and why you should monitor your blood sugar. In addition, you will learn how to manage low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Demonstrations on checking blood sugar will be given.

Eating healthy is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle for those with diabetes.  The diabetic dietician will explain and demonstrate how to prepare and eat balanced meals using The Diabetes Plate Method. You will learn a few easy ways to live a healthier lifestyle include; planning ahead, shopping with a list, and cleaning and storing food properly, as well as prepping some meals ahead of time. You will also learn how to choose healthy options when eating out. It is possible to prevent weight gain, lose weight, and maintain a healthy weight. Keeping a food record helps too.

It is advised that attendees make the very best of their support system through local support groups, weight management groups, online support groups, working out, and mental health counseling if needed.

Each class attendee is provided a book to take home and a bag of diabetes-related goodies, including a plate with three separated areas, measuring spoons, and a measuring cup.

For diabetic attendees that stay for the entire class, their name goes into drawing for a $50 gift card.

Our next FREE diabetes class is on Tuesday, September 25th 12.45pm to 3pm at Central Counties Health Centers conference room. Call Vickie at 217 788-2381 to reserve a seat.

Sesame Street Characters
National Association of Community Health Centers, Springfield Illinois

More sunny days are coming to our community health centers

President and CEO of Heather Burton Central Counties Health CentersThe National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) announced this week, at the 2018 Community Health Institute & EXPO in Orlando, that it is teaming up with Sesame Street to reach families with relevant resources to face every day and difficult challenges.

Resources will be made available to community health centers, like ours, nationwide.

Our President and CEO, Heather Burton, was at the conference when the announcement was made.

“We are really looking forward to seeing how the partnership with Sesame Street pans out for Central Counties Health Centers and the impact that might have on our youngest patients,” said Heather.

The NACHC and Sesame Street initiative is intended to address the needs of youngsters, particularly in the areas of trauma, emergencies (natural disasters and manmade disasters; such as gun violence) and all areas regarding the health and well being of children.

Heather, who attended the conference with Central Counties Health Centers board chair Julie Janssen and board member Racine Freeman, said it covered topics from patient centered medical home recognition to the health impact of human trafficking.

“The Community Health Institute & EXPO always provides a great opportunity to meet with our community health center colleagues from across the US, to learn about the newest trends and standards, innovations, and challenges. We are so lucky that our board chair and a member of our board are able to also represent Central Counties Health Centers at the conference.”

More than 51% of the Central Counties Health Centers’ board is made up of patients.


Central Counties Health Centers offers back-to-school check-ups

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to book your back-to-school check-ups.

Call 217-788-2300 to book your appointment today.

A yearly physical exam by your family’s pediatrician or doctor is an important part of your child’s healthcare. While specific requirements vary by school and/or sports organization, school and sports physicals can help ensure your child is healthy and prepared to join in activities.

A typical exam includes a review of your child’s complete health history to ensure you he or she is up-to-date with immunization and vaccine recommendations for their age.

School physical exams/proof of immunizations are required when your child is entering kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade.

Sports physical exams are required if your child plans to participate in a sport at the middle or high school level. Sports physicals are valid for a 12-month period.

School dental exams/waivers are required when your child enters kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades.

Vision exams/waivers are required when your child enters kindergarten.

Exclusion day is September 4.

Healthcare heroes, National Health Center Week, School Supplies, Springfield Illinois, Volunteer

National Health Center Week – celebrating our health heroes

National Health Center Week, which takes place between Sunday, August 12 and Saturday, August 18, celebrates the work of health centers across America and the home of our country’s healthcare heroes.

At our E. Cook St. location in Springfield, we will be distributing free school supplies, backpacks, and books all week long.

Tuesday, August 14 marks our Employee Appreciation Day, which we will be celebrating with ice cream, sundae fixings, cookies, and brownies.

Thursday, August 16 is our Patient Appreciation Day. In the morning, we will have Heartland Mini Hoofs delivering its Just Say Whoa to Bullying program at our E. Cook St clinic. This program takes a unique approach to bullying prevention by helping children recognize and respect the differences in each other and understand that everyone has something valuable to offer. By instilling these core values and encouraging good character, Just Say Whoa to Bullying builds a foundation of understanding and promotes a positive social environment, which – in turn – fosters kindness and good citizenship in our youngsters.

We’ll also have a cookout for patients and community members on Wednesday afternoon.

Our patients play an invaluable role in our centers because our board is made up of 51% of those who live in our community. We’re excited to celebrate patients and our consumer board members that keep our centers accountable and abreast of community needs.

We look forward to marking National Health Center Week 2018 with you.

Boy Dental Check Up
Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, Mission of Mercy, Springfield Illinois, Volunteer

Central Counties Health Centers’ staff to volunteer at Illinois Mission of Mercy in Springfield this month

2018 marks the fifth year of the Illinois State Dental Society Foundations’ Mission of Mercy, which takes place July 20 to 21 at the Bank of Springfield Center in downtown Springfield, IL.

Not only will Central Counties Health Centers’ have staff support the work that takes place at this year’s Mission of Mercy, but nearly all of our dental staff will be volunteering too.

Central Counties Health Centers’ staff are among other dental professionals in the state that have volunteered their time and skills to serve the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income population in great need of dental services.
Our dental staff, along with others from across Illinois, will be providing cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited partials.
Patients do not need to register but will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis clinic days.

In addition to the two-day event, on the 19th, volunteers will also screen up to 250 veterans, completing their registrations, medical triage, dental triage, and x-rays.

We are so proud to support this event and of our dental staff that is giving up their weekend to help those most in need.
Mission of Mercy is a great learning opportunity for dental students to volunteer as assistants and/or patient ambassadors.
If you are interested in volunteering, you must be 18 years or over, there are slots from 5.30am to noon and from 11.3am to 6 pm on the 20 and 21. In order for Mission of Mercy to be a success, the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation requires physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and hundreds of lay volunteers.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for one shift, two, or for the full day.

To register as a volunteer, or for more information, visit