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New website designed with the users in mind

Health department site aims to be ‘public health resource’

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:20 p.m. CDT

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JOLIET, Ill. — A new look awaits visitors to www.willcountyhealth.org, the official website of the Will County Health Department.

After more than nine months of development in consort with Sprocket Websites, Inc. (Naperville IL), the Health Department has debuted its newest community resource.

According to Health Depart-ment Executive Director John Cicero, the new site provides visitors with a wealth of topical information and numerous means of access.

“We are the community’s public health resource,” Cicero said. “In addition to the programs and services we offer, there is a storehouse of general information on our site covering all aspects of public health. Visitors now have the opportunity to access whatever they need with just minimal effort.”

When visitors arrive at the website, they will be greeted by a home page with a simple horizontal menu designed to help them find the programs or services they desire. Health Department news can also be found on the home page and images associated with the news articles provide a visually stimulating experience. A powerful search box is also available so that users can type in a word or phrase; allowing them to search on their own terms.

When viewed on a tablet or smart phone, the website automatically responds with a version that makes the various pages of available information easier to read and navigate. Specially trained Health Department staff are able to quickly post, store and share new information on the site so that users can access breaking developments without delay.

“We think there is something for everyone when it comes to ease of use on the site,” Cicero added. “We invite the community to visit the site regularly because it provides them with an opportunity to see all the resources we have to offer.”

Funding for the redesign was provided by CenterPoint Properties, an Oak Brook-based firm focused on the development, acquisition and management of industrial property and transportation infrastructure that enhances business and government supply chain efficiency.

CenterPoint Properties presented the Health Department with a check for $50,000 March 15, 2012 during a regularly scheduled Will County Board meeting.

The Health Department Main Office Complex is located at 501 Ella Avenue in Joliet. Satellite offices are located in Bolingbrook and University Park.

Primary medical and dental services are available at the Will County Community Health Center, 1106 Neal Avenue in Joliet, just steps south of the Ella Avenue headquarters.

Questions concerning agency programs and services should be directed to info@willcountyhealth.org or call (815) 727-8480.

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