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Local health officials participate in public health academy

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Local health care providers are looking to bring the most up to date care, and resources to the tri-states.

Bev Rossmiller from the Tri-State Health Care Coalition; Suzanne Ellerbrock from Blessing Hospital; Ellen Vonderheide with the Adams County Health Dept.;  and Earl Bricker with the United Way of Adams County are participating in the National Leadership Academy for the public's health.

Adams county is one of just 20 teams in the nation selected to participate in the academy.

The year long program aims to bring medical professionals up to date on how to deal with chronic illnesses.

"Our disease patterns and health in the country has shifted, in the last century from acute disease to chronic disease. You hear about obesity, you hear about diabetes, you hear about heart disease, these are the major killers right now, of our population causing pre-mature death that's avoidable and preventable," said Dr. Arthur Chen with the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health.

The program includes webinars, peer networking and an applied population health project

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