The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Medical and non-medical backgrounds needed.
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.
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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.
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.
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