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Health & Human Services

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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.

From Health & Human Services Department Director Ike Ogbo.

Welcome!  I am pleased to introduce you to the Evanston Health & Human Services Department, one of only four 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.


If you're interested in working with our Department and are a student, we host interns and help students fulfill practicum requirements.

 Health & Human Services Department

  • Provides access to housing, healthcare, food, shelter and mental health services to Evanston residents in need of such services
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles through education and wellness programs
  • Protects public health through programs such as lead poisoning prevention, communicable disease surveillance, beach water testing, licensing, food safety, emergency preparedness and vector/rodent control 
  • Provides human service intervention responses to victims of crime or trauma and families experiencing youth-related crisis
  • Provides coordinated activities for our seniors as it pertains to advocacy and provides coordination of programs devoted to the welfare and development of youth and young adults in Evanston
  • Regulates built environments to protect the health of your community
  • Provides access and work in collaboration with community partners, government departments and local service agencies to achieve desired goals.

New for 2020

Illinois state legislature has passed a bill requiring all single-occupancy restrooms in public buildings to be designated as gender neutral, effective January 1, 2020.  Exterior signage that marks the restroom, as a restroom, shall not indicate any specific gender.

Single-occupancy restroom is defined as a full enclosed room, with a locking mechanism controlled by the user, containing a toilet stall, and no more than one urinal.

The new law applies to existing, as well as future places of public accommodation or public buildings. Places of public accommodation include, but are not limited to, a wide range of entities, such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors' offices, pharmacies, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, private schools, and day care centers.

Compliance will be monitored by a health officer or health inspector.

For additional information, contact Evanston 311 (847-448-4311)


Health & Human Services Department
2100 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL 60201

Director:  Ike Ogbo
Hours:  Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
P: Evanston 311 or 847-448-4311
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After Hours Communication

For after hours communicable disease or bioterrorism emergencies, please call 847-448-4311 and stay on the line to be connected to someone immediately.

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