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Richmond City Health District


The mission of the Richmond City Health District is to promote healthy living, protect the environment, prevent disease and prepare the community for disasters.

The general operation hours at 400 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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RCHD Speaker's Bureau


Would you like to have a RCHD professional speak or provide a presentation to your group or organization? If so, the RCHD Speaker’s Bureau can help. We have a group of professional members who can present on a variety of public health topics or services. Please click here to go to the full Speaker’s Bureau webpage.


Please visit RCHD’s new Epidemiology page for the latest information on Ebola, Listeria, measles and issues of public health concern.

Internship Program


The RCHD Internship Program seeks to prepare the next generation of public health professionals by giving students interested in public health opportunities to gain skills relevant to the field. RCHD interns will tackle projects relevant to public health in Richmond under the guidance of RCHD public health professionals. For more information CLICK HERE.

Get Fit with the Active RVA Warriors


Hey RVA! Are you ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier new you? The Active RVA Warriors program offers free fitness classes in various locations throughout the city including schools, community centers, churches and senior residential facilities. Grab a friend and head to one of these free classes today! Click here for a list of class offerings and locations.

For more information and to complete an online application visit: programs/warriors


The Richmond City community group called The H.E.L.P., Healing, Educating, and Loving People currently provides full HIV/STI screenings every Wednesday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. at 208 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA.  The group also conducts educational trainings/sessions on topics such as domestic violence and mental wellness. 

For more information, contact Donte’ McCutchen at 804-205-3750 or visit them online at and by email at

RCHD Healthy Homes Initiative

Healthy Homes

The Richmond City Health District’s Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative wants to help make your house safer and healthier. Find out why and how to keep away pests and mold growth. You can also learn how to prevent trips, falls and fires as well as make the air in your home cleaner. For information, contact us at 804-205-3500 x7 ”or visit us at

More information:
A Healthy Home for everyone
A Healthy Home (Spanish) Click here the visit the CDC Healthy Homes website
LSHHI Newsletter

Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative


Creating a community culture: Connecting fathers to their families
Call: (804) 482-8005

More Links

Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
Disaster Preparedness Brochure
School Physical Info.
Healthier Richmond Newsletter
Richmond Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
RCHD Annual Report
School immunizations
High Blood Pressure Center
Healthy Childbirth and Infancy

New EPA Law Impacts Home Remodeling

Lead SaftyAttention Richmond building contractors: The law is changing. Will your work disturb ≥ 6 sq ft of LEAD-BASED PAINTED SURFACE? If so, you must become a Certified Renovator to work on pre-1978 housing or child- occupied facilities. Click here to learn more.  Email our staff to find out how we can help you become certified.



Dr. Danny TK Avula is new Richmond City Health District Director

Richmond, VA - The Richmond City Health District welcomes Dr. Danny Avula, MD, MPH as its new Director. Dr. Avula has served as the Deputy Director for the Richmond Public Health Department since 2009. He is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and preventive medicine. In addition to his role as a public health practitioner, he continues to practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended medical school at the VCU School of Medicine, and completed residencies at VCU and Johns Hopkins University, where he also received a Master’s in Public Health. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at VCU, where he regularly serves as an advisor and preceptor to graduate and medical students.

At home, Dr. Avula loves to spend time with his wife and four kids, and he is deeply committed to community development efforts in the Church Hill neighborhood, where he has lived for the past eleven years. He has been recognized by Style Magazine as one of Richmond’s “Top 40 under 40,” by Our Health Magazine as one of Richmond’s “Top 15 Health Care Leaders under 40” for his commitment to improving Richmond’s health, and has been named to Richmond Magazine’s “Top Docs” list for the past four years. His work has also been featured nationally by the CDC, MSNBC, Christianity Today, and on the TED circuit with his 2014 TEDxRVA talk entitled "Dependence isn't a Dirty Word".

Dr. Avula serves on several community boards including: the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Communities in Schools of Richmond, YMCA of Greater Richmond, Richmond Sports Backers, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the Virginia State Board of Social Services. Dr. Avula is respected and recognized for his creativity and innovation in developing public health interventions, and the collaborative spirit he brings as he draws partners together to improve the health of the Richmond community.


Kara Holmes is the new
Richmond City Health District’s Nurse Manager

The Richmond City Health District also welcomes Kara Holmes, RN, MA, BSN, OHN as its new nurse manager. Born in Canada and recently married, Ms. Holmes has worked in ICU, hospice, occupational health and case management for a public health agency. She holds a Master’s in health promotion and health education.

Ms.  Holmes also notes that infant mortality and working with the disabled hold a special place in her heart. In addition, Ms. Holmes has broad experience managing a national wellness website; extensive experience as a wellness program nurse manager which is her focus; and creating and training a team of nurses across three sites. Ms. Holmes and her husband also spend time with troubled youth.

During her free time, Ms. Holmes enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming and sky diving with her son.  She is also a grandmother of a five month old who is the love of her life along with her two family dogs.

RCHD Provides Health Services to Refugees


Richmond City Health District welcomes patients of all nationalities, ethnicities, races, and religions. We have been treating refugees from all over the world for years, and we will continue to do so with accuracy and compassion.

RCHD provides health services to newly arrived refugees and asylees. This includes an initial health screening, the purpose of which is to identify and treat any existing condition that could be passed to the public. During the initial visit, we take a health history, conduct laboratory tests for infectious diseases and chronic conditions, and our doctor performs a physical exam. Refugees follow up with RCHD for any recommended immunizations, and they are referred to our other clinics for additional services when necessary, such as maternity clinic. RCHD also completes the health portion of a refugee’s green card paperwork once they become eligible to apply. Please contact our Refugee Nurse at 804-482-5481 for more information.

Stop TB

Support Tobacco-Free Schools

Richmond City Health District congratulates Richmond Public Schools on being acknowledged by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for adopting a 100% tobacco-free policy that restricts smoking and the use of any tobacco or smoking products by anyone on school property, school grounds, and school-sponsored events!  The 100% tobacco-free policy is an important intervention that will reduce exposure to harmful effects of tobacco and help prevent youth from starting use of tobacco.  Parents and members of the public are encouraged to support our schools in this effort to protect the health of our youth and make our community healthier.For more information about preventing tobacco use in our schools, visit
To read press release, click here.



1536 Coalter Street
Sports physicals for MLK and Armstrong students
Call 786-0204 for an appointment

For other locations and times click here.

Register For Food Safety Training

The Food Worker's Class (food handlers) is a basic 4-hour course for line workers and persons who prepare or cook food. Cost is $30.00. Persons who complete training will receive a certificate.

For Class Schedule click here

The Food Manager’s Class is a two-day class that's geared towards line supervisors and managers. This will be required training per State Food Regulations to have a Certified Manager on staff at all restaurants. Cost is $150.00 per person.
For Class Schedule click here

Call 804-205-3912 to register!

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Zika Virus



Prevent Zika Virus by reducing mosquitoes around your home

Zika virus disease (Zika) is a viral disease spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. Reducing the numbers of mosquitoes around your home and in the community reduces the risk for mosquito borne illnesses. The most effective and environmentally sound method of eliminating mosquitoes is to eliminate the places where they breed; dump, treat or remove any container on your property that can hold water. Containers are their most common habitat, so you are the first line of defense against the Asian tiger mosquito which is one of two species in Virginia able to transmit Zika virus. Tiger and Yellow Fever mosquitoes lay eggs only in containers of water, fly and bite mainly during daylight hours, and will enter your home where they rest on walls and then bite day or night. 


When outside, protect yourself from being bitten by properly using insect repellent; wear light-colored long sleeved shirts and long pants when possible. Avoid areas where mosquitoes are abundant and stay indoors when they are most active, usually early morning and dusk. However, Tiger mosquitoes will bite throughout the day.


For more information about Zika virus, please visit, and

May is Stroke Month



View this video to learn more about our Healthy Corner Stores initiative....then the video

Healthy Corner Stores



Meal Detective

Get food safety information for eating out 

WIC helps Women, Infants and Children

WIC is the special supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is available at the Richmond City Health District and other local health departments. Program participants receive nutritional education and are able to shop at local grocery stores for foods that promote the health and growth of children.CLICK HERE for more information or look us up under RCHD programs.



Last Updated: 05-18-2016

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