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

Get The Facts: ZIKA Virus

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.

Traveling? Find out where Zika virus is circulating at

Learn more about Zika at and

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


From Health Department Director Evonda Thomas-Smith

Welcome!  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

  • Ensures your access to healthcare, food, housing, shelter and 
    Mental Health Services
  • Encourages healthy lifestyles
    Clean Air Act / Smoking, Communicable Disease Surveillance, Food Establishment Inspections, West Nile Virus Surveillance, and Women Out Walking Program
  • Enforces the protection of natural resources and optimizes the sustainability of your community
    Beach Water Testing and Recycling Program
  • Regulates built environments to protect the health of your community
    Business Licensing, Healthy Homes Program, and Pest Control Services
  • Provides access to other government departments and local service agencies
    Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Community Partners, and Vital Records Division (Birth and Death Certificates)
  • Provides education and resources Mold Prevention

What is Public Health?

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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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