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IPLAN Data System
What is the IPLAN Data System intended for?

The IPLAN Data Set is a valuable collection of various health-indicator information that was previously not available from a single source. The Data Set was originally designed as a minimally-inclusive collection assembled to support local health needs assessments, but has also proven to be valuable to policy-makers, students, researchers, and the public for a variety of purposes. For more detailed or additional data beyond the scope of IPLAN Data Set, users are referred to the primary sources of the data, as cited within the Data Set's health indicator descriptions.

What is data aggregation?
Data aggregation is the grouping of multiple counties, communities or data years together verses the data item being displayed individually. The number of events displayed will be the lump sum for all the counties or communities combined for the year(s) selected.
Why do asterisks (*) appear on reports?
Reasons:
  1. Race and age group population estimates are not available for intercensal years (1991-1999), therefore a rate for each race cannot be calculated.
  2. The number of events is too low to calculate a rate. Depending on the indicator, the number of events must be greater than a specified number of events.
  3. Data is not available for the data year.
What strategies can I use to reduce the amount of *s on a report?
  1. Broaden the geographic area. For example, aggregate multiple counties.
  2. Aggregate multiple years so you can calculate a moving average.
  3. Broaden the topic
Where can I find detailed information for each indicator?
Every indicator has a description, profile and a listing of the data years available. All this information can be looked up at once or separately on the Indicator Details page, found in the IPLAN Data System menu. Also, this page contains an option to list all the indicators by name.
Can I generate a report that lists all the indicators at once?
Yes, however this report is limited to one county/community and one data year only. This report is referred to as a County Summary Report or Community Summary Report. These options are found in the IPLAN Data System menu.
Can I select multiple data years or multipe counties/communities at once?
Yes. To do so, press and hold the "Ctrl" key while you mouse click the selections you want. If you are selecting consecutive years, you can press and hold the mouse button and drag the mouse up or down. Once you have the desired years selected, release the mouse button.

SHARE
What is SHARE intended for?
SHARE provides access to health plans submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health by local health jurisdictions for all rounds of IPLAN. Users can select a combination of filters to target specific data elements, as well as use the search option using specific terms.
Is there a listing of examples on different ways to use SHARE?
Yes. There is a page named Helpful Examples found in the SHARE menu. This page lists many examples of how SHARE can be used.
Training
Where can I find a listing of training materials?
Training materials are located on the IPLAN Training page, found in the Resources menu. The training materials listed include presentations made by IPLAN staff and quick reference manuals on using the IPLAN Data System and SHARE.
Where can I find a listing of other data sources?
The Other Links page lists many web sites of other data resources. This page is found in the Resources menu.
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Subject Matter Experts New

    Access to care

    Adolescent Health Consultant(s)

    Alcohol Tobacco And Other Drugs Consultant(s)

      Alcohol

      Kimberly Fornero
      Bureau Chief
      Division of Community Health & Prevention
      Illinois Department of Human Services
      1112 South Wabash venue, 4th Floor
      Chicago, IL 60605
      (312) 793-1628
      Email: Kim.Fornero@illinois.gov

      Beth Welbes
      Senior Coordinator of Research
      Center for Prevention Research and Development
      University of Illinois
      510 Devonshire; Suite E
      Champaign, IL 61820
      217/333-3231
      Email: echamb@uuic.edu

      Mary Ellen Shannon
      Manager of Provider Services
      Prevention First
      720 North Franklin, Suite 500
      Chicago, IL 60610
      312-988-4646 ext. 230
      Email: maryellen.shannon@prevention.org

      Tobacco

      Chandana Nandi/Julie Doetsch
      Acting Program Managers
      Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
      535 West Jefferson Street
      Springfield, IL 62761
      217-785-1067
      Email: chandana.nandi@illinois.gov

      Email: Julie.doetsch@illinois.gov

      Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
      2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite J
      Berkeley, CA 94702
      510-841-3032
      Web Site: www.no-smoke.org

    Cancer

    Cardio- And Cerebrovascular Disease Consultant(s)

    Diabetes

      Cheryl A Metheny, MA, RD/LDN, CDE, CLC
      Coordinator
      Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
      Illinois Department of Human Services
      102 E De Young
      Marion, IL 62959
      618-993-7493
      Email: Cheryl.Metheny@illinois.gov

    Environmental Issues Consultant(s)

      Maryann Suero, PhD
      Children's Health Program Manager
      United States Environmental Protection Agency
      Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
      77 W. Jackson Blvd (D-8J)
      Chicago, IL 60604
      312-886-9077
      Email: suero.maryann@epa.gov

      Private Water Supplies

      Jerry Dalsin, PG
      Program Manager
      Division of Environmental Health
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      525 W. Jefferson Street
      Springfield, IL 62761
      217-782-5830
      Email: Jerry.Dalsin@illinois.gov

      Non-Community Water Supplies

      Eric Portz, PE
      Program Manager
      Division of Environmental Health
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      525 W. Jefferson Street
      Springfield, IL 62761
      217-782-5830
      Email: Eric.Portz@illinois.gov

      Gregory Matheny
      Environmental Engineer
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      Division of Environmental Health
      525 West Jefferson Street
      Springfield, IL 62761
      Phone: 217-782-5830
      Email: gregory.matheny@illinois.gov

      Private Sewage Disposal Program

      Chad Moorman
      Program Manager
      Division of Environmental Health
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      525 W. Jefferson Street
      Springfield, IL 62761
      217-782-5830
      Email: Chad.Moorman@illinois.gov

      Air Quality

      Ken Runkle
      Environmental Toxicologist
      Division of Environmental Health
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      525 West Jefferson St.
      Springfield, IL 62761
      217-782-5830
      Email: ken.runkle@illinois.gov
      important link for all Local Health Departments regarding air quality:
      Web Site: www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/mold_qa_fs.htm

    Infant Mortality Consultant(s)

    Mental Health Disorders Consultant(s)

    Obesity Consultant(s)

      Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH
      Director
      Center on Obesity Management and Prevention
      Children's Memorial Hospital
      2300 Children's Plaza, Box 157
      Chicago, IL 60614
      312-573-7762
      Email: kkauferchristoffel@northwestern.edu
      Alternative Contact Info: Lavonne Hopson - Administrative Assistant
      Available for brief consultation on a limited basis. More extensive consultation and higher frequency of consultation will be at a negotiated fee with the requestor(s). The consultation provided will be via phone and email. If anything more extensive is required such as face to face consultation, requestors will need to travel to Dr. Chistoffel and negotiate a fee for her time.

      Chilhood Obesity

      Jeff Sunderlin, MS, ATC
      Nutrition and Physical Activity Section
      Office of Health Promotion
      Division of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      535 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor
      Springfield, IL 62761-0001
      217-785-1060
      Email: jeff.sunderlin@illinois.gov

    Oral Health Consultant(s)

    Respiratory Disease Consultant(s)

    STD, HIV, and AIDS Consultant(s)

    Unintentional Injuries Consultant(s)

      Unintentional Injuries (Includes motor vehicle deaths and farm accidents)

      Jennifer L. Martin (Also Suicide Prevention)
      Injury Prevention Coordinator
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      Injury and Violence Prevention Program
      535 West Jefferson, 2nd Floor
      Springfield, IL 62761
      217-558-4081
      Email: Jennifer.L.Martin@illinois.gov

      Kathleen Monahan, MPH
      Project Director
      Child Health Data Lab
      Children's Memorial Hospital
      2300 Children's Plaza, Box 157
      Chicago, IL 60614
      312-573-7773
      Email: KMonahan@ChildrensMemorial.org

      Childhood Unintentional Injuries

      Darrell Patterson
      State Coordinator
      Illinois SAFE KIDS Coalition
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      535 W.Jefferson St.
      Springfield, IL 62761
      217-785-5937
      Email: darrell.patterson@illinois.gov

      Motor Vehicle Injuries

      Janet A. Holden, PhD
      Adjunct Assistant Professor (retired)
      UIC, School of Public Health
      747 S. Scoville Ave.
      Oak Park, IL 60304
      708-386-7179
      Email: janetholden@sbcglobal.net

      Johari Piersol
      Statewide Occupant Protection Coordinator
      Division of Traffic Safety
      Illinois Department of Transportation
      3215 Executive Park Drive
      Springfield, IL 62675
      217-558-0568
      Email: Johari.piersol@illinois.gov

    Violence Consultant(s)