FHN in the Community


Flu Shots

FHN offers a series of flu shot clinics each year, beginning in October. These clinics are open to the public and held at locations across northwest Illinois. Each year's schedule is announced in late summer. For more information, contact FHN Community Services at 815-599-7437 or email jroach@fhn.org.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides meals Monday through Friday to those with a physician's diet order who reside within Freeport city limits. A deposit equivalent to 2 weeks delivery is included in the application process. The meals include a choice of lunch and/or evening meal, both of which will be delivered around noon. The lunch is served hot and costs $4, and the evening meal is brought cold and costs $3. No deliveries are made on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. For more information, call 815-599-6752.

Northwest Illinois Medication Disposal Program

Free, environmentally safe disposal of waste medications available through FHN and local law enforcement officials. For more information, contact the Freeport Police Department at 815-235-8222 or the Stephenson County Sheriff's Department at 815-235-8290.

MedReturn boxes are located in the lobby of the police department buildings in:

  • Byron Police Department, 232 West 2nd Street, Byron, IL
  • Forreston Police Department, 103 South 1st Avenue, Forreston, IL
  • Freeport Police Department, 320 W. Exchange Street, Freeport, IL
  • East Dubuque Police Department, 193 Sinsinawa Avenue, East Dubuque, IL – needles only
  • Galena Police Department, 311 N. Bench Street, Galena, IL
  • Hanover Police Department, 207 Jefferson Street, Hanover, IL
  • Lake Carroll Clubhouse, 3-200 Association Drive, Lake Carroll
  • Lanark Police Department, 111 S. Broad Street, Lanark
  • Mt. Morris Police Department, 105 West Lincoln Street, Mt. Morris, IL
  • Mount Carroll Courthouse, 301 N. Main Street, Mount Carroll
  • Oregon Police Department, 115 North 3rd Street, Oregon, IL
  • Ogle County Sheriff's Department, 202 South 1st Street, Oregon, IL
  • Pecatonica Police Department, 405 Main Street, Pecatonica
  • Polo Police Department, 116 South Franklin Avenue, Polo, IL
  • Savanna Police Department, 333 Chicago Avenue, Savanna
  • Shannon Police Department, 17 E. Market Street, Shannon
  • Stockton Police Department, 155 W. Front Avenue, Stockton
  • Thomson Police Department, 2100 Market Street, Thomson
  • Warren Police Department, 516 Anson Street, Warren
  • 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Treatment Referral Routing Service

For Needle Disposal in Northern Illinois:

  • Use a securable container, like a coffee can, milk bottle, plastic soda bottle, laundry detergent bottle, etc.
  • Place the sharps into the container carefully with the points down.
  • Do not overfill the bottle. About half full is the best time to dispose of it.
  • Glue the lid in place! You may also secure some lids with heavy tape, like duct tape.
  • Wrap the container in several plastic bags and then tape the entire package securely.
  • Clearly print “DO NOT RECYCLE” on the outside of the package.
  • Place in regular garbage for disposal.
  • Instructions from the State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

MedReturn Medication Disposal Program brochure
National Drug TakeBack flyer

Parent Enrichment Program

The Parent Enrichment Program is designed to assist parents in their role as a child's first and most important teacher and to help promote a strong and healthy parent-child relationship. The program provides child development information and activity ideas brought to the home by a trained professional at the parents' convenience.

In addition to the programs listed below, other activities include playgroups and parent workshops. For more information about our Parent Enrichment Program, call 815-599-7315 or email rdadezhepler@fhn.org. Learn about the national program at www.parentsasteachers.org.


  • Car Seat Safety Checks: This program provides safety checks to ensure that child car seats are properly installed.
  • Behavioral and School Intervention Program: This program works with young children, their parents, and their teachers to address behavior problems in preschool through six years old. Children are referred by school staff, healthcare providers, and parents.

Personal Emergency Response Systems

Phillips Lifeline is one option of personal emergency response systems currently available for those of any age needing this service. The cost varies based on the system selected and shipping options for home delivery. Personal emergency response systems aren't just about falling. System choices include options for GPS tracking, medicine reminders, and waterproof devices.

Contact Phillips directly at 1-800-LIFELINE or 1-800-543-3546.

Philips Lifeline:

  • 7+ million subscribers worldwide
  • Offers direct access to our 24/7 U.S. call centers
  • You choose the service options to match any lifestyle

Top 50 Program

The Top 50 Program provides information on health, wellness, prevention, stress management, and health screenings for those aged 50 and older. Top 50 regularly schedules blood pressure and cholesterol screens, flu shots, and support groups. Please contact us at 815-599-7437 or email jroach@fhn.org for additional information or to be placed on our mailing list.

Win With Wellness

Win With Wellness

FHN is proud to be a part of Win With Wellness!

Win With Wellness is a community-based wellness initiative aiming to help people live healthy lives through better food choices and regular exercise. Participants learn more about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, and tools are provided to help reach goals in these areas.

Healthy eating behaviors are encouraged through the Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS®) program, a national weight-loss support group that's helped millions of people for over 60 years with weight loss and improving health by focusing on improvement, rather than perfection. Another element of Win With Wellness is the Heart-To-Heart program, where educators help participants build skills for healthier eating and getting more physical activity.

The Win With Wellness team of healthcare and wellness specialists is available for community-based presentations about how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Presentations can be arranged at almost any time or location, including worksites.

Businesses or groups interested in setting up a TOPS group or looking for a speaker on a health and wellness topic can call 1-866-590-8499.

As one of the Win With Wellness partners, FHN is pleased to be working with: Stephenson County Health Department; Carroll County Health Department; the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford - Department of Family and Community Medicine; FHN Health System; Monroe Clinic (SSM) Health System; United Way of Northwest Illinois; OSF Saint Anthony College of Nursing; and Freeport School District 145 to make this important wellness program a success.

Find out more about Win With Wellness.