Public Health, Department of

It is the mission of the Cook County Department of Public Health to optimize health and promote health equity for all people and communities of Cook County through leadership and appropriate collaborations between County, local, state and federal officials, as well as private health promoting institutions, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, while advocating for the environmental and social conditions necessary to advance physical, mental and social well-being.

CCDPH is the state certified public health agency for suburban Cook County with the exception of Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney Township. These three municipalities and one township have separate, state certified public health departments and are operated by the local unit of government. CCDPH is the official agency of county government that strives to meet the public health needs of its citizens through effective and efficient disease prevention and health promotion programs.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners established the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) on December 10, 1945. Decades later, CCDPH continues to improve the quality of life for suburban Cook County residents through the prevention of illness, early disease detection and the promotion of personal and community health. In 1945, the health department served a jurisdiction of 600,000 people on a budget of $162,000.00. Today, our budget nears $40,000,000.00 and over two million residents depend on CCDPH for disease control and prevention and health promotion activities. From 90 employees in the mid-forties, to more than 300 today, CCDPH has expanded its traditional health services from limited public health nursing to many personal, integrated clinic health care services.

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For more information, visit the Department of Public Health online at



Cook County/NACO Prescription Drug Discount Card

In September 2007, Cook County, in partnership with Caremark and the National Association of Counties (NACo), introduced the new Cook County Prescription Drug Discount Card Program. This free card is available to all county residents and can provide significant savings on prescription drugs with no income requirements, no age requirements, and unlimited use for the whole family.

Any county resident without prescription coverage can use this program. Even if you have insurance for prescription drugs, you may still benefit from the discount card, since it may save you money on prescription drugs your existing plan does not cover.


Access to Care

The department is the lead affiliate for implementing the Access to Care Program, in conjunciton with the suburban Primary Health Care Council. Access to Care provides subsidized health services to suburban Cook County residents with limited financial resources. Through a partnership with private physicians, care is provided tomroe than 13,000 suburban residnets at private clinics located throughout the suburbs.

Vital Records

Please be advised that as of January 31, 2003, the Cook County Department of Public Health has transferred its Vital Records department to the Cook County Clerks office and will no longer be providng the public with birth and death certificates.

Please visit the Cook County Clerks website at and click “Vital Records” for instructions and locations to obtain your records.