Allows all programs to be adequately funded.
Dog Therapy Program
Carefully selected dogs and handlers visit patients to offer comfort, companionship and other health benefits. Click here to learn more.
Cardiac Wellness Project
Programs designed to educate people in our community on ways to prevent the #1 cause of death - heart disease. About 1 in 3 Americans has heart disease. The CGH Cardiac Wellness Program aims to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease by identifying and educating individuals who are at high risk for heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis, diabetes and hypertension. Health educators conduct monthly community cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose screenings and host a major event in February during Heart Month.
Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program
Promotes screening of individuals age 50 and older of this highly preventable cancer. Visit the Digestive Disease Center page. Watch the video here.
Diabetes Prevention Education
Focused on identification of pre-diabetes and prevention of type 2 diabetes. Did you know that 1 in 3 children born today will develop type 2 diabetes? The rates of childhood diabetes and obesity have tripled in the past 30 years, leading health experts to predict this current generation of children will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. In addition, 51 million Americans have pre-diabetes, with many children now also being diagnosed with this normally adult-only disease. This program aims to help individuals identify whether they are at risk of developing diabetes through education and by holding blood sugar screenings monthly at various locations.
Eyeglasses for Kids Program
Free eyeglasses for financially eligible school-age children in our five-county service area. Almost 2,100 children have received a free eye exam and eyeglasses since the program started in 1995. Area school nurses are our link to finding youth who are eligible for this valuable service. Click here to learn more.
Nutrition & Fitness Initiative (includes the CGH Learning Garden Project)
An educational effort to encourage children and adults to alter their lifestyles through increased physical activity and making healthy food choices.
"Today's children face serious health problems," says Dr. Eric Kuhns, family practitioner at CGH Main Clinic. "Quite literally, the unhealthy shape of over 30 percent of today's young people may hasten the onset of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer well before what's considered normal." To counteract the spiraling childhood obesity problem, action is needed. But while children are a major focus, our programs are offered year-round for adults as well.
Changing lifestyles one child, one family, one school, one community at a time is the goal of the Nutrition & Fitness Initiative. The CGH Centennial Learning Garden Project is part of this program. In addition to the gardens, education-based programming is carried out in the classroom, after school, at CGH, at the library, Women Out Walking, and with other partners like Selmi's Greenhouses, University of Illinois Extension-Whiteside County/Master Gardeners, Whiteside County Health Department and YMCA.
Nutrition & Fitness Initiative offerings include: Centennial Learning Garden Project, Women Out Walking, cooking demonstrations, Strong Women, Strong Bones class, "Fresh Fridays" in the schools, health education booths in the workplace and schools, Intergenerational Cooking Club and the CATCH Program at area schools.
Lung Cancer Prevention Program
A continued effort to help individuals quit smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of second-hand smoke, includes monthly smoking cessation classes.
Dedicated to educating about risk factors of prostate and testicular cancer.
Prescott Dental Clinic
Low-cost dental care for children and adults. Joint effort with the Whiteside County Health Department. The clinic provides services for children and adults who meet income guidelines. The Foundation provides support for daily supplies.
Nursing and Healthcare Scholarships
Nursing and healthcare scholarships for 25 local youth/adults attending college.
Workplace Wellness Program
On-site workplace screenings and education centered on lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. Community Services staff work with local businesses to offer low-cost screenings and education to help employees manage their health. Educational materials, newsletters, monthly screenings, health risk assessments and walking programs are all offered for a custom plan for each business.Click here to learn more.
Women's Cancer Prevention Program
Year-round breast/gynecologic cancer education and services, including financial assistance for mammograms, Pap tests and physician visits. Includes a major breast cancer awareness event in October, programs on breast and gynecologic cancers, Two-for-One Mammogram promotion; Blooming Box health education service; voucher program for under-served with major partners Team Underwires and Whiteside County Health Department. Click here to learn more about cancer care and area resources.