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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.

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.


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
Childhood Obesity and Type II Diabetes
Healthy Childbirth and Infancy
Organization Chart

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.


AIDS Ribbon

Linkage to HIV Care

The Richmond City Health District is now providing linkage to care services for persons living with HIV in Central Virginia.  Our program staff will provide assistance to clients by connecting them to medical care and other support services such as mental health and substance abuse.  They will also conduct outreach and education services to the community aimed at increasing awareness.  Assistance is offered to medical providers and case managers that provide care to persons living with HIV, who have clients that are no longer in care or are at risk of becoming lost to care.  In addition, our program staff will conduct routine follow-up and retention services to clients to keep them actively engaged in their medical care. 

For more information about HIV linkage to cares services, contact Pamela Price at  or Suzanne Roberts at 804-205-3751.


The Virginia WIC program is in the process of transitioning to a paperless system for food benefit management. The program will shift from the use of paper food instruments/checks to electronic benefits transfer (EBT), or ‘eWIC.’

Over the past few months, State WIC office staff, along with local WIC clinic staff, has worked to ensure that this process does not interrupt our service to our participants.

To manage the process and ensure as seamless a transition as possible, the State was divided into four regions: Eastern, Northern, Western, and Central. The transition to eWIC has occurred in all but one region, Central. The Central region – which includes the City of Richmond – will transition to eWIC by the first week of May.

The eWIC benefit card may be used at any store with a window decal that says, “Virginia eWIC Benefit Card Accepted Here!” A list of stores that accept the eWIC benefit card can be obtained from local WIC offices.


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

Adolescent Health Program

boys and girls

Richmond Teen Pregnancy
Rate Drops 40%

The Richmond City Health District Adolescent Health Program is delighted about reporting fewer teen pregnancies in the City of Richmond. The teen pregnancy rate from 2008 to 2012 shows a remarkable 40% drop. The Adolescent Health Program focuses on helping teens make healthy choices about their future and creating a supportive environment for adolescent health education throughout the City of Richmond.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Strategy
Teen Pregnancy Trends
Richmond Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Click here to visit the our web page. 

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Important Headlines

The Richmond City Health District wants residents of the Richmondcommunity to know that your public health department is fully involved and is working collaboratively with State and local agencies as well as private sector partners to enhance preparedness and to properly respond to the possibility of encountering a case of Ebola within our community. Although the risk of exposure to the general public is low, we are taking steps to protect the public’s health, just as we do everyday throughout the year. Foremost, we encourage you to become informed about the Ebola virus and to separate fact from fiction. Information about Ebola is provided on the Virginia Department of Health’s website at and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at


Answers to frequently asked questions and information can also be obtained by calling an Ebola hotline established by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). The Virginia 211 Call Center will answer calls using frequently asked questions developed by VDH.  The Richmond City Health District Speakers Bureau can also be contacted to request presentations of educational information about Ebola virus.



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Thanksgiving Day Food Safety Tips to be THANKful for... imagesturkey-thermometer.jpg

  • Be a Good Host - Wash Your Hands! The first step in any safe food handling is washing your hands to prevent the spread of germs to your guests. Thoroughly wash with soap and water for 20 seconds to ward off unwanted holiday visitors like Salmonella and Norovirus.
  • Thawing the Bird - The goal for thawing your turkey safely is keeping the turkey out of the "Danger Zone" of 40°F-140°F. In that zone, bacteria grow faster than you can say "Gobble" which will increase the risk of food borne illness.
  • Prepping for the Party - As you go about preparing the feast, you want to ensure that there is no cross-contamination of raw meat and your ready-to-eat foods. You may think that the turkey is the only food to be concerned with but we can't forget about hidden ingredients like eggs and milk, other meat products, or even some fresh produce.
  • Cooking for Safety - Of course everyone likes a golden turkey as the centerpiece of the dinner table, but ensuring your bird is cooked all the way is crucial to prevent food poisoning your family and friends. Cooking times are a great way to gauge the doneness of the turkey but utilizing a food thermometer is a must to be sure that the core temperature of the turkey is at least 165°F. Be sure all your side dishes are at the recommended cooking temperatures with a trusty thermometer. Use this list of cooking minimums.
  • Chill Out After Dinner - But not for too long! Any food left out for greater than 2 hours should be thrown out due to the rapid growth of bacteria. Store all leftovers in shallow containers in the refrigerator or freezer to get below that target zone of 40°F. You should probably do this before enjoying your pumpkin pie!
  • Leftovers for Days - The best part of Thanksgiving (besides time with loved ones) is the bountiful amounts of turkey, stuffing and gravy you have to feast on for days, 3-4 days to be exact. This will decrease your chances of welcoming in Clostridium perfringens, a common unfriendly bacterium that preys on your leftovers above 40°F. When reheating, make certain that the internal temperatures reach the Food Safe recommendation of 165°F. To get a better grasp on how to prepare your leftovers, look at's guidance.

Have a Happy and Food Safe Thanksgiving with these tips and resources!

Get Your Flu Shot

Have you received your flu shot? If not, come to the Richmond City Health District on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Flu shots are given by appointment only with limited walk-ins. Call 804-482-5500 to make an appointment.Visit for more flu information. 


November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month and RCHD is joining efforts around the country to raise awareness about the disease and offer tips, strategies and programs for early detection and prevention.


Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. affecting nearly 30 million adults and children. Another 86 million Americans suffer from prediabetes, and are at a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Early symptoms of diabetes are often mild and unfortunately many people are unaware that they have the disease until they develop serious medical complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness and chronic kidney disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is crucial to delay and prevent permanent disability and life threatening conditions.


If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes:


• Watch your weight
Balancing your calories is a simple way to maintain a healthy weight. Enjoy the food you love, but balance what you eat with regular exercise.  Also, avoid eating oversized portions.


• Eat healthy
Try some of these tips for a healthier diet:

  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. 
  • Compare sodium in food like soup, bread, frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Swap sugary drinks such as sodas and sports drinks for water.

• Get more active
Strive for 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 times a week.  Take the steps instead of the elevator, enjoy walking, biking or running; or try one of the free group exercise classes  offered through our collaborative Active RVA Warriors program.


• Schedule regular screenings
Regular blood pressure and blood glucose screenings can help detect the early warning signs of diabetes. Visit one of our Resource Center locations for free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.


Want to learn more about preventing diabetes? Visit the American Diabetes Association’s resource page for tips, recipes and information about living a healthy, active lifestyle.

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.




Richmond Smiles Dental Van

Sadly, we are suspending the Richmond Smiles Mobile Dental Program  while we work diligently with our community partners and potential funders to determine how to meet the oral health needs of our citizens. 

Resource Centers

Resource Center

Working with community partners to provide health and referral services in RRHA communities.
Click here for more information.

Last Updated: 11-19-2014

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