Health & Human Services

Health & Human Services

The mission of the Evanston Health & Human Services Department is to protect, preserve, and promote wellness for people who live, work, and play in Evanston through creative and sustainable partnerships.

Your City of Evanston Public Health Facts


The risk of Zika virus to Illinoisans is very low. Zika virus is primarily spread
through the bite from an infected mosquito and not person-to-person like the flu.
The principal type of mosquito that carries Zika virus (Aedes aegypti) has rarely
been found in Illinois. It is more prevalent in tropical climates and cannot survive
the freezing temperatures in Illinois. 

Learn more at the links below:

Illinois Department of Public Health's informative Q and A post on Zika virus

Illinois Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease and Control



There have been several stories in the news about a respiratory illness called enterovirus D68 or EV-D68. EV-D68 has affected children in a number of states in the Midwest, including Illinois. EV-D68 has led to some children being hospitalized. The following fact sheet explains some basics about the illness and what you can do to help protect your child. 

Factsheet, Enterovirus D68
Posted September 11, 2014

The Evanston Health & Human Services Department was established by a group of physicians in 1874, when the population of Evanston was around 1,000 people. This took place three years prior to the founding of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

In 1908, the City of Evanston experienced an epidemic of Scarlet Fever, which spread through contaminated milk.

In 1911, the City of Evanston responded to a Typhoid Epidemic with 9 cases. As a result of this outbreak, a water sterilization plant was established.

Get Your Affordable Care Act Questions Answered

The Evanston Public Library and Connections are partnering to provide a full schedule of Affordable Care Act Navigators at the main library from November through the end of March to assist community members with their health insurance questions, health plan enrollment, and/or health plan changes. All are welcome to drop in for this free service. View library calendar for dates and times >>>

Participate in Walking Research Study

Dr. Terry Horton from Northwestern University is conducting a research study that will compare the health benefits of walking in natural areas and surburban environments. The Forest Preserves of Cook County along with several other organizations are helping to fund the study. Participants must be 18 to 35 years old and live in Chicago, Evanston or suburbs surrounding Evanston. Learn more >>>

2014 Evanston Health Summit 

Click here view the 2014 Health Summit page.

From Health Department Director Evonda Thomas-Smith

ethomas_web-thumb-240x240-3693.jpgWelcome!  I am pleased to introduce you to the Evanston Health & Human Services Department, one of only 4 certified municipal health departments in Illinois, and the oldest, having been established in 1874.  The Evanston Health & Human Services Department is the local face of a global network of professionals who strive to ensure the public's health through ongoing activities to protect residents and assess the needs of the community.

The Evanston Health & Human Services Department

Dental Access Days

The Evanston Health & Human Services Department partnered with the City's Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department to bring dental care to those in need as part of Dental Acess Days at the Levy Senior Center on September 5 and 6, 2014. 100 community members received access to $111,000 worth of free dental services!

What is Public Health?

Thanks to The University of Iowa College of Public Health for posting this on YouTube to share.



Health & Human Services Department

2100 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL 60201
Director: Evonda Thomas-Smith
Hours:  Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5pm

P: 311 or 847-448-4311
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