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Crater Health District

Working together to foster healthy communities through disease prevention & control, health promotion, environmental protection and emergency preparedness & response. The District serves the cities and counties of Dinwiddie, Emporia, Greensville, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Surry and Sussex.
 


 

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Hopewell Water Usage Impacted by Diesel Fuel Spill

March 3, 2015 4PM

A diesel fuel spill affecting the Appomattox River occurred this morning. Cleanup efforts are underway. In order to conserve water while cleanup is in progress, residents of Hopewell are under a mandatory water restriction and should avoid using water for non-essential activities. Bottled water will be distributed at Hopewell High School later today with a limit of 1 case per car. A Water Buffalo will be available to fill bulk containers with a limit of 10 gallons per car. 

For more up-to-date information about the spill response, visit the City of Hopewell website or contact the Hopewell Public Information Line at 804-446-0282.

While cleanup efforts are in progress, the Hopewell Health Department will be providing services in alternate locations on Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

  • Vital Records - provided at the Petersburg Health Department, 804-862-8949
  • Environmental Health - provided at the Petersburg Health Department, 804-862-8944
  • Teen Clinic services - providded at the Prince George Health Department, 3-6PM, 804-733-2630
  • Immunizations - provided at the Prince George Health Department, 1-3PM, 804-733-2630
  • WIC services - provided at the Prince George Health Department,  8:15am - 5PM, 804-733-2630

Updates on Hopewell Health Department services can be obtained by calling 804-458-1297. Additionally, updates will be posted on Crater Health District’s Website, Facebook page, and Twitter Feed.  

Measles - Multi-state Outbreak Update

February 2015

The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California. From January 1 to February 6, 2015, 121 people from 17 states in the U.S. have been reported with measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. To date, there have been no reported cases of measles in Virginia this year.

Click here for more information.

Got Questions About Ebola? VDH Ebola Hotline Now Open

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) opened an Ebola Hotline to help answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information. The number -- 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343) -- is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Virginia's 211 Call Center will be handling these calls using frequently asked questions (FAQs) developed by VDH.

Additional questions from the public not on the FAQs list are added to the FAQ document on the VDH website daily. Any updates or changes in guidance are also included in that information. Updates and answers to the FAQs are also shared daily on

District to Benefit from Grant to Reduce & Prevent Chronic Disease and Health Disparities

The Crater Health District will receive approximately $436,000 annually for four years to reduce and prevent chronic disease and health disparities as part of a federal CDC grant awarded to the Virginia Department of Health.

“We are excited to be awarded this funding opportunity to enhance current community efforts that are focused on reducing health disparities by preventing and managing chronic diseases,” said Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH, Health Director of the Crater Health District.

The funds will be used to develop programs across the district in Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Sussex, and Surry counties and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg. Working with locally-driven, diverse collaborative networks (referred to as Community Action Networks, or CANs), the District will implement targeted activities that directly serve its communities. The focus will be on policy, system and environmental changes that address the prevention and control of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke and that reduce health disparities in these areas among our citizens in the District.

“Working in partnership with public, private and nonprofit health and human service providers, local governments, schools, faith based community and others , we can make the Crater Health District a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Together we create opportunities to help Virginians live longer, healthier lives. Our goal at VDH is to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation” said Dr. Hart. Click here for the full news release.

Teen Pregnancy Rate on the Decline

Petersburg Health Department is celebrating the lowest teen pregnancy rate in four years. The health department has seen a decrease in the rate of teen pregnancies within the City of Petersburg from 103.7 teen pregnancies per 1,000 females in 2009 to 66.7 per 1,000 in 2012. These rates represent a 36% decline.

The Petersburg Health Department continues its focus to provide ongoing collaborations across schools, businesses, City of Petersburg Government agencies, community and faith-based organizations. “We are actively engaged with our community partners," says Alton Hart, Jr. MD, MPH, Crater Health District Director, "it takes the entire community working together to provide guidance, education and services to continue the city’s decline in teen pregnancies.”

The Petersburg Health Department provides a number of youth services to assist teens. HealthSpace Teen Clinic and PRIDE are community based programs.  >> Read more

 

Last Updated: 03-04-2015

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