State Health Department Celebrates Black History Month

Joan WallsIn celebration of Black History Month, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is honoring African Americans in communities across Illinois who have made a positive impact in public health. Their theme is “Contributions Made by Blacks in Health and Medicine.”

“The life and legacy of Africans and people of African descent is relevant to all people of every race and it is important that we recognize and celebrate the contributions that black people have made to the nation and the world,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

The Department honored Champaign’s Deputy City Manager for Community Relations Joan Walls at a celebration on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Ms. Walls was selected for her work in violence prevention and human/civil rights.