Directory of Health Department Services
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable batteries, such as Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), Lithium, Zinc-Air, Silver-oxide, and Small Sealed Lead Acid. These batteries can be dropped off at the Skokie Health Department, 5127 Oakton Street.
Common household batteries are no longer accepted at Illinois EPA-sponsored household chemical waste events and facilities, due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. On the other hand, rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals, which pose a threat to our environment and have a marketable recyclability.
To learn more about batteries and how to properly recycle batteries click here.
Birth and Death Registry
Certified certificates for births and deaths that have occurred in Skokie since 1969 are available for purchase. Information on where to obtain certificates for births and deaths that occurred outside of Skokie is available.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Blood pressure screening clinics by appointment, offered to only Skokie residents, on Mondays 9 a.m to 12 noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m to 12 noon or 2 p.m to 4 p.m. Please call for exact times. Clinics can also be scheduled for special events at schools, health fairs, work sites, etc.
Child Safety Seat Program, seat rental Infant/toddler car safety seats are available from the Skokie Health Department for short-term loan to Skokie residents. This service can be especially useful to grandparents when their grandchildren come to visit. An advance reservation is recommended and a $10 payment is required for each seat borrowed.
Child Safety Seat Program, installation inspections
Certified Child Safety Seat Technicians offer education and inspections on car seat installations by appointment to Skokie residents. For more information, call the Health Department at 847-933-8252.
Colon-rectal Screenings The Skokie Health Department provides home testing kits to Skokie residents & non-residents that work in Skokie, for a $10 charge. Once the test is completed, the kit should be returned to the Health Department for analysis. Follow-up recommendations are provided by the nursing staff. Stop by the Skokie Health Department, 5127 Oakton Street to pick up your test kit.
Communicable Disease Control Medical personnel and other professionals are required by law to report communicable diseases to the Skokie Health Department. Public health nurses provide consultation to affected residents and institutions. Disease investigations may involve chicken pox, strep throat, hepatitis, salmonella, and more than 50 other reportable conditions. Special screening services and immunization clinics are conducted if necessary to control disease outbreaks. If you would like information regarding a communicable disease, call 847-933-8252.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs
Recycle used CFL bulbs at the Skokie Health Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A limit of 12 CFL bulbs per household per visit only. Owners of multiunit buildings or multiple houses and business owners, please call SWANCC at (847) 724-9205 or go to their website www.swancc.org for drop off locations.
Learn more about CFLs and how to properly recycle CFL bulbs by clicking here.
Diabetes Screenings Diabetes screening are available to Skokie residents & non-residents that work in Skokie, for a $5 charge by appointment. Follow-up recommendations are provided by the nurse. Call the Skokie Health Department at 847-933-8252 for more information or to make an appointment.
Emergency Preparedness One of the primary goals of the Village of Skokie is to provide a safe and secure Village through Emergency Preparedness.
Environmental Complaint Investigations Air pollution, weed complaints, hazardous waste concerns, and numerous other health hazards are investigated by the Skokie Health Department. Call the Environmental Health Division at 847-933-8484 to file a complaint.
Environmental Health Education Programs Skokie Health Department staff can provide educational programs on a wide variety of environmental topics for schools or organizations in Skokie. Sanitation training programs are also available for food service employees. For more information, call the Environmental Health Division at 847-933-8484.
Expired or Unwanted Medications When medications are no longer needed, it's important to dispose of them properly. The Health Department collects expired, unwanted or unused medications for disposal Mondays through Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Controlled substances (for example pain medications) are not accepted but can be brought to the Skokie Police Department. Please keep the medications in their original containers leaving the names of the medications visible on the containers. Any over the counter liquids can be placed in the trash.
Flu Shot Clinics The Skokie Health Department offers flu shots to eligible Skokie residents every fall with no out-of-pocket expense. Medicare Part B is billed for reimbursement when possible. Contact the Health Department at 847-933-8252 for further information.
Food Complaint Investigations The Skokie Health Department conducts regular inspections of restaurants, groceries, processors, institutions, vending machines, mobile vendors, and food delivery vehicles to insure compliance with food safety regulations. The Department also investigates and documents citizen complaints regarding the sanitation of establishments. Epidemiological investigations of reported food borne illnesses are done by the sanitarians and nursing staff when necessary. For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Environmental Health Division at
Food Service Sanitation Training The sanitarians of the Skokie Health Department will provide food safety education programs to food service employees and community groups upon request. Call 847-933-8484 for more information or to schedule a presentation.
Foreign Travel Information The Skokie Health Department provides current information on worldwide disease outbreaks and immunization recommendations for travel to various foreign countries. Call the Health Department at (847) 933-8252 to receive the latest information before you travel.
Honeybee Keeping in Skokie
Backyard beekeeping has become an increasingly popular hobby, the Village Board passed regulations in November 2013 to ensure that best practices are used by beekeepers in the Village.
Immunizations are provided to Skokie residents for a fee by appointment. For more information on immunization costs or to schedule an appointment, contact the Skokie Health Department at 847-933-8252.
Immunization Clinics, Child
Immunizations are provided to eligible children 18 and under living in Skokie or attending a Skokie school for a $5 clinic fee by appointment. Consultation on what immunizations are needed is provided by the nursing staff. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Skokie Health Department at 847-933-8252.
Regular inspections of day care centers and nursing homes are conducted by the Skokie Health Department's Personal Health and Environmental Health Divisions to enforce Village and State regulations. Citizen complaints are investigated and documented. Call 847-933-8252 or 933-8484 to file a complaint.
Lead Screenings Children age 1 year to 6 years who live in Skokie or attend a Skokie school can receive a blood lead screening test from the Skokie Health Department. There is a $25 fee for this screening and appointments are required. The fee is waived for income eligible families. Call 847-933-8252 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information on hazards of lead.
Lipid Profile Screenings The Skokie Health Department offers the lipid profile screening by appointment to Skokie residents and non-residents that work in Skokie. The screening measures your total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels. There is a $15 fee for the screening. Call 847-933-8252 to make an appointment.
Needle and Syringe Disposal The Skokie Health Department participates in a needle and syringe ("sharps") disposal program sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. Residents who regularly dispose of used needles and syringes are able to obtain a puncture-resistant disposal box and return it for appropriate disposal when it is full. Drop off times are Mondays through Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rat Control in Skokie
The Village of Skokie has an aggressive rat control program (PDF) that includes inspections for rats, treatment of burrows, and ensuring preventive measures are in place. Residents are encouraged to report rat sightings to the Health Department at 847-933-8484, or by using a new online reporting form. Rats live in areas where there is food, water and shelter. Rats can be prevented by bagging garbage securely in containers, picking up fallen birdseed, cleaning up after dogs, and maintaining property.
Rethink Your Drink
The Skokie Health Department and NorthShore University HealthSystem are partnering to help you Rethink Your Drink. Making the switch from consuming sweetened drinks to water will dramatically decrease your overall sugar intake and lower your risk for developing many chronic diseases. Click here for more information.
The Skokie Health Department is now recruiting participants for the South Asian Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (SAHELI). Research shows that South Asians have a higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population. In order to help, the Health Department is partnering with Northwestern University to bring SAHELI to the Skokie community.
The study is designed to provide culturally appropriate nutrition and health education to lower the risk of heart disease in South Asians. For more information about the SAHELI study and how to enroll, email South Asian Health, or call the Skokie Health Department at 847-933-8252.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Public health nurses provide consultation and referrals for affected individuals, including for HIV/AIDS.
Solid Waste Investigations
Skokie Health Department sanitarians will respond to complaints of improperly stored refuse, improper storage of hazardous materials, and illegal dumping of materials. Violators will be issued warning notices and given citations if necessary to insure the problem is corrected. Call 847-933-8484 to make a complaint.
Stop Smoking Clinics
The Skokie Health Department offers stop smoking programs several times a year. There is no residency requirement for this program. There is a fee for this service and registration is required prior to the first session. For the dates of the next clinic and to reserve a space, contact the Health Department at 847-933-8252.
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Swimming Pool Inspections
The sanitarians of the Skokie Health Department conduct regular inspections of all public pools in Skokie. Inspection of and consultation regarding private pools is available upon request. Citizen complaints are investigated and documented. For more information, to request an inspection, or to file a complaint, call 847-933-8484.
TB skin tests are available at the Skokie Health Department for residents and individuals needing a test for employment in Skokie. The tests are $10 and appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 847-933-8252.
Vision & Hearing Screenings Skokie Health Department vision and audiometric technicians provide screening for children attending private and parochial schools, preschools, and day care centers in Skokie. For more information call 847-933-8252.
Water Supply Sampling
The Skokie Health Department collects approximately 70 water samples monthly at various locations throughout the village to assure water quality and safety. Residents can request sampling at their residence if they are concerned about the safety of their water supply. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has mandated that municipalities publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) on water quality. The Village of Skokie purchases its water from the City of Evanston, and Evanston has provided the information contained in the Village of Skokie's CCR on water quality. See a copy of the current water quality report. For more information or to request that a sample be taken, contact the Environmental Health Division at 847-933-8484.