5K Run, Fundraiser, Movember, Springfield Illinois, Turkey Trot, Uncategorized

Are you moving for Movember?

Around the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which also means we can take action to live happier, healthier and longer lives. November is Movember a movement started by two friends in Australia in 2003. By 2007 the movement had reached the US and now more than 5 million men across the world are growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues. As well as growing a mustache you can commit to running or walking 60 miles during November – that’s 60 miles for the 60 men lost to suicide every hour. And better yet, you can achieve some of those miles during our 5k Turkey Trot in Washington Park on Saturday, November 17 – so make sure you sign up!


We also understand it can be difficult to keep track of your health so here are five things to know and do:


Make man time

Stay connected. Your friends are important and spending time with them is good for you.


Have open conversations

Being there for someone, listening, and giving your time can be lifesaving.


Know your numbers

Talk to your doctor about prostate cancer at 50 and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are African American or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should have a conversation with your doctor at 45.


Know your body

Get to know what’s normal for you. Check yourself regularly and see a doctor if something doesn’t feel right.



Add more activity to your day; walk to a meeting, skip the elevator and take the stairs, or cycle to work instead of driving.


For more information about Movember, the positive impact it’s having, and how to get involved visit:

Hiring, Springfield Illinois

We are recruiting!

Central Counties Health Centers has a number of positions currently open that we are looking to fill. These include:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Licensed Practical Nurse

  • Certified Medical Assistant


Central Counties Health Centers provides primary and preventative medical and dental services to more than 16,000 residents of Central Illinois each year with locations in Springfield, Jacksonville, and Taylorville. As well as our own locations, we provide services at the Family Guidance Center, Salvation Army, and Helping Hands in Springfield.


We are also seeking an executive assistant in Springfield. The successful candidate will perform a variety of highly responsible, confidential, and complex secretarial and administrative duties for the CEO and senior executives. He or she will act as a liaison between Central Counties Health Centers, outside agencies, the general public, and staff; attend board and senior management team meetings, prepare minutes and reports for the CEO, and maintain sensitive and confidential information. Deadline November 9.


For more information or to submit your resume email

5K Run, Fundraiser, Springfield Illinois, Turkey Trot

Have you registered for our 5k Turkey Trot in November?

Our annual 5k Turkey Trot takes place on Saturday, November 17 in Washington Park.

The event is aimed at all levels whether you’re a serious runner or taking part in a 5k for the first time, we’d love to have you join us. Families and dogs are welcome.

The Turkey Trot launched in 2012 and since then has raised thousands of dollars for the Springfield community. Funds raised this year will benefit Central Counties Health Centers patient and community programs. If you are unable to participate but your company would like to sponsor the event please contact Melinda Rodgers on 219-788-2310 or email

In the past, we’ve had more than 200 runners and walkers take part and we would love for even more to cross the finish line this November.

Registration is $20 for ages 13-plus, $10 ages three to 12, and free to ages two and under. Online registration closes at 11.59 pm on Thursday, November 15.

To register for our 5k visit

You can also register in person on the day. Registration is from 9am at the Playground Pavilion. The 5k will start at 10am.

Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast self exam, Springfield Illinois

Breast cancer and early detection through self-examination

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your doctor if there are any changes.


How should a breast self-exam be performed?


1) In the shower

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps checked by your doctor.

2) In front of a mirror

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the shape, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3) Lying down

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

If you find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic – eight out of 10 lumps are not cancerous. For additional peace of mind, call your doctor whenever you have concerns.

Flu Season, Springfield Illinois, Uncategorized

Flu shots available now

Fall is fast approaching and that means flu season is right around the corner. The best protection against the virus is to get the flu shot.

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination is vital for those at high risk of serious complications from the flu. The most common complication from the flu is a bacterial infection of the lungs or bacterial pneumonia. This happens because the flu virus damages the lungs and causes inflammation, which then makes it easier for bacteria to invade the lungs and cause serious infection. Sepsis is another complication that can occur when the body overreacts to an infection. Sepsis can affect multiple organ systems and can lead to organ failure, which is fatal.

Although the flu vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get sick it does reduce your chances of getting the flu and if you do get sick it may be less severe.

As well as getting your flu shot, ideally before the end of October, take precautions to avoid exposure to the flu virus such as washing your hands frequently and staying away from people who are sick. Children six months through eight years who require two doses should receive their first dose of the flu shot as soon as possible to allow the second dose to be received by the end of October.

It is important to stay home if you have flu-like symptoms until at least 24 hours after the fever has gone. Flu-like symptoms include s a fever, body aches, and tiredness.

Flu vaccines are now available at all Central Counties Health Centers locations so call and book your appointment today.

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.