Chester, IL


Regional Office of Education

1 Taylor Street, Room 101

Chester, IL 62233

Voice: 618.826.5471

Fax: 618.826.5474

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Health - About Us

The Randolph County Health Department has served the community since June 28, 1966.


Randolph County Health Department - Chester
2515 State St Chester, IL 62233 (618) 826-5007 
Randolph County Health Department - Sparta
211 N. Hasle St Sparta, IL 62286 (618) 443-2995
       Fax:  (618) 826-5223

Programs and services provided by the Health Department include:

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) - WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is administered in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC is a federal nutrition program that provides: Nutrition Education; Nutrition Counseling; Breastfeeding Support; Nutritious Foods and Referrals to Other Services. WIC helps parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. The combination of nutrition education, nutritious foods, and yearly heath care visits strengthens families long after their WIC eligibility has ended. Call for income guidelines and/or to schedule an appointment. 

Tuberculosis (TB) Program - Program focuses on prevention and control. Mantoux testing, verification of preventive Reported Case therapy and follow-up are included in the identification component of program. Patient management, education, contact investigation and follow-up are activities in the treatment component.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Program - Program offers follow-up to residents who have positive STD cases. Education, counseling, verification of appropriate treatment and surveillance are a part of the program aimed at modifying transmission of these infections. Testing and treatment is provided and/or referrals are given.

Family Case Management - The program objective is to ensure entry into prenatal care resulting in improved pregnancy outcomes, reduction of premature births and low birth weight babies and decrease infant deaths. 

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - Provides questionnaire assessment and finger stick screening for children. Children with blood lead levels >5ug/dl are confirmed by venous testing, which can be done at a local hospital or through the primary health care provider. Nutrition and hygiene/housekeeping skills education is provided and the blood level is monitored. Environmental investigation is done according to program guidelines by Illinois Department of Public Health regional staff.

Environmental Health - Food Sanitation - Food establishments are inspected based upon level of risk according to actual food handling practices. Fee may apply.

Environmental Health - Private Sewage - We permit and inspect private sewage disposal systems for new home construction and repairs to existing systems. We also investigate complaints concerning failed septic systems. Fee may apply. 

Environmental Health - Food Sanitation Temporary - Temporary food functions, such as picnics and fairs, need to contact us during their planning phase for information and/or regulations that pertain to them and to discuss inspections as needed.

Environmental Health - Private Water - All new water wells are permitted and inspected. Water sampling and testing is available. Corrective actions for unsatisfactory test results are recommended.

Communicable Disease (CD) Program - Program initiates surveillance and compiles reported diseases for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Education regarding prevention of communicable disease transmission is presented to individuals or groups upon request. Health and safety information is available to residents traveling to foreign countries.

Genetics Program - The program provides case finding through utilization of a genetic screening tool. Education and referral services are available to newborns and children and their families in need. Nurses review questionnaire, provide education and make referrals as indicated.

Tobacco Use Prevention Program - Residents receive assessment and counseling via the Illinois tobacco Quitline, 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937).