The Department of Public Health and the State Board of Health will hold virtual meetings this week for input on plans to address the biggest public health issues in Illinois.

The hearings are scheduled for three straight afternoons, starting on Tuesday, with the goal of gathering comments for the State Health Assessment and the State Health Improvement Plan.

Specifically, the agencies said participants can offer their perspectives on significant public health issues in Illinois, including maternal and infant health, mental health and substance use disorder, and health equity.

The agencies will compile the information when developing the final versions of the plans, which are due to the General Assembly by the end of the year.

The proposals are part of what the agency called “major components” of the statewide  five-year plan to address the priority public health issues facing Illinois communities.