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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

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.


Self-Monitored Blood Pressure

This informative video focuses on hypertension, the importance of people self-monitoring their blood pressure as a personal health care maintenance technique, and offers self-monitoring tips

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Improve the Health and Health Equity of Our City

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Free Youth Sports Physicals

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Free Youth Sports Physicals for City of Richmond middle (13 years and up) and High School students.

New STI Evening Screening Clinic

Beginning August 2nd, the Richmond City Health District will offer an evening STI clinic the first Tuesday of each month. Clinic registration will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or until clinic capacity is reached.  The evening hours will hopefully help make it more convenient for members of the public to get tested and to know their STI status.

The Richmond City Health District First Tuesday STI Clinic details:

  • First Tuesday of the month beginning August 2nd.
  • Registration from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (or until clinic capacity is met).
  • Free screening for syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
  • Screening only. Persons needing treatment will be given appointment to our weekday STI clinic.

For information about our STI Clinic, call 804-482-5500.

It's Hurricane Season

Plan now for hurricanes. Write down your plans and discuss with your family members.

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.

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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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

October is SIDS Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity


Understanding the Problem

About 3,500 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are called sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID). Often, an autopsy alone cannot explain these deaths without investigating the scene and reviewing the infant's medical history.

The most common causes of SUID include the following:

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year old that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation that includes a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the medical history. SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants aged 1 to 12 months. About half of SUIDs are SIDS.

  • Unknown Cause is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year old that cannot be explained. Often, a thorough investigation was not conducted, and cause of death could not be determined.

  • Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB) is the leading cause of infant death due to injury. Things that can lead to accidental suffocation or strangulation include the following:

    • Suffocation by soft bedding—for example, when a pillow or waterbed mattress covers an infant's nose and mouth.
    • Overlay—for example, when another person rolls on top of or against the infant.
    • Wedging or entrapment—for example, when an infant is wedged between two objects such as a mattress and wall, bed frame, or furniture.
    • Strangulation—for example, when an infant's head and neck get caught between crib railings.

    Parents and caregivers can take the following actions to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death:

    • Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
    • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
    • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
    • Keep soft objects such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
    • Do not smoke during pregnancy or around the baby because these are important risk factors for SIDS. The risk of SIDS is even stronger when a baby shares a bed with a smoker. To reduce risk, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby. For help in quitting, call the quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit smokefreewomen.

    For more information, please visit:


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.