National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

DEA National RX TakeBack. Saturnday, April 27 | 10a.m.-2p.m. DEATakeBack.com

April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S. When you have unused or expired medications lying around, they could fall into the wrong hands and be abused. Flushing medications down the toilet is dangerous to public health.

Dropping your medications off at a collection site is a quick and safe way to make sure they are disposed of properly.

Virginia will take part Saturday, April 27, 2019. If you have unused, expired or unwanted medications, drop them off at a collection site in your area from 10am-2pm, no questions asked. Drop off is free and anonymous.

Measles Cases in the US

As you may know, there have been multiple outbreaks of measles in the U.S. So far this year there have been 465 cases in 19 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.  The majority of measles cases are in New York City and New York state, which are primarily among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities and associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel. Read More

NPHW Friday: Climate Change

National Public HealtFriday,. April 5. National Public Health Week. Climate Change. NPHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. Group of people cleaning up a beach.h Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the fifth day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Friday: Climate Change

In the fall of 2018, State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver, conducted a “Listening Tour” across the Commonwealth. He met with local health officials and community members to understand the health needs and concerns of those VDH serves. Through this tour, it became apparent that the public health effects of climate change are of high concern among Virginians. Climate change has been linked to more frequent and extreme natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding and drought. It is expected to negatively affect food security, water and air quality; and can increase the risks of vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. A VDH working group is working to identify health related impacts of climate change in Virginia, identify vulnerable populations, outline relevant data, programs, and research in collaboration with internal and external partners, and develop recommendations.

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NPHW Thursday: Technology and Public Health

Thursday. April 4. National Public Health Week. Technology and Public Health. NPHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. someone syncing their fitness watch with their phone.National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the fourth day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Thursday: Technology and Public Health

New technologies are quickly transforming the public health landscape and can be a potent public health tool. The Virginia Department of Health Data Portal was developed to provide a convenient, interactive access point for health-related data for the state of Virginia. This portal is a comprehensive source for community health assessment, public health and population health data that is open to all. It provides interactive data at the most granular level available, and is updated continually with new information as it becomes available.

Visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/data/ to access the Data Portal.

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NPHW Wednesday: Rural Health

Wednesday. April 3. National Public Health Week. Rural Health. NPHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. Child riding a bike.National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the third day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Wednesday: Rural Health

Virginia’s rural areas are often tight-knit communities full of mutual respect, hard work, and determination. These communities also face unique challenges such as a lack of health care providers, access to health care and affordability issues. The Virginia State Office of Rural Health within the Office of Rural Health aims to address and rectify health disparities affecting the state’s rural residents by helping develop long-term solutions to rural health problems or their root causes. Learn more about the Virginia State Office of Rural Health.

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NPHW Tuesday: Violence Prevention

Tuesday. April 2. National Public Health Week. Violence Prevention. NPHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. child with stop bulling written on his palms.National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the second day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Tuesday: Violence Prevention

The Virginia Department of Health provides many resources about preventing many kinds of violence in our communities. Resources include

April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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NPHW Monday: Healthy Communities

Monday. April 1. National Public Health Week. Health Communities. NOHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. Family jogging.

National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest State: For science. For action. For health.

Today is the first day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Monday: Healthy Communities

Health begins where Virginians live, work, and play. Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being highlights specific goals and strategies for communities to give everyone a chance to live a healthy life. Every Virginian deserves the opportunity to be healthy, and you, too, can help make that possible. Join us in this effort to assure well-being for all Virginians.

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