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Mon January 23, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-An Illinois pandemic flu website created to provide public health communicators with the latest information about seasonal and pandemic influenza has won a national award for excellence in public health communication.

The website was developed by the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (the Consortium), of which the DuPage County Health Department is a member.
The Consortium won a bronze award in the category Websites and New Media for the development of, a robust repository of information on public health crisis communications, working with the media and public during a flu pandemic, incorporating social media into communication plans and helping at-risk populations during a health emergency. 
"We are extremely proud that the premier nationwide voice of public health communication has recognized our work," said Maureen McHugh, Consortium President and DuPage County Health Department Executive Director. "After all, public health is about preventing illness and injury, and that means educating people to help them understand and reduce their individual health risks."
The award came in competition sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition, which is the leading national organization for public health communication professionals. 
The site was originally created for public information officers, medical professionals and others who regularly communicate with the public during a public health emergency such as pandemic flu. However, the resource provides valuable health information for the public at-large, including important information about seasonal flu and flu prevention as well as hundreds of resources from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization.

Illinois Pandemic Flu was developed through a grant provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Illinois Pandemic Flu can be accessed at or

The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium is a 501 (c)(4) membership organization of the public health departments that serve the counties of Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will, and Winnebago, as well as the City of Chicago and Village of Skokie. The mission of the Consortium is to promote and protect the health of the region through networking and collaborative action that raises public awareness, builds constituency and influences legislation and policies concerning public health issues affecting northern Illinois. Visit for more information about the Consortium.

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