The Illinois Pandemic Flu website (accessed at or was developed through a grant provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The site is a robust repository of information on public health crisis communications, working with the media and public during a flu pandemic, incorporating social media into communication plans and helping at-risk populations during a health emergency.

The site was originally created for public information officers, medical professionals and others who regularly communicate with the public during a public health emergency such as pandemic flu. However, the resource provides valuable health information for the public at-large, including important information about seasonal flu and flu prevention as well as hundreds of resources from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization.

NIPHC won a bronze award for in the category Websites and New Media in a 2011 national competition of the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) honoring excellence in public health communication.

NIPHC Award Press Release (PDF) | National Public Health Information Coalition Award (PDF)