Beyond ACEs SUMMIT – The impact of Race, Culture and Poverty

The Beyond ACEs SUMMIT 2019 will give providers and laypersons alike the opportunity to understand the basic language of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Persons familiar with the basic language and root causes of ACEs can further explore toxic stress and learn Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) practices. This year is historically significant because it marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Virginia. It was also a time that marked significant trauma. The information presented will explore the impact of race, culture and poverty both past and present through the lens of ACEs and Trauma. Speakers will present compelling and thought-provoking stories of trauma and resilience. Trauma-Informed Community Development and resilience-building resources will be available.

  • Learn the basic indicators of adverse childhood experiences
  • Understand how race, culture and poverty impacts human development
  • Become familiar with techniques to self-regulate when stress and trauma happen
  • Build resolution skills that help reduce trauma and build resiliency within individuals and community

This educational event will offer CEUs through Virginia Tech for everyone registered. (Some restrictions apply.)

Beyond ACEs Summit: Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9
Registration Cost: $155 through July 10 and $175 afterwards
Register at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/beyondaces/
LOCATION: Petersburg High School, 3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805

Hope Fest: August 9, 5-8 p.m. HOPE FEST is FREE!

The Beyond ACEs Summit and Trauma Responsive Initiative is a program of the Crater Health Department of the Virginia Department of Health, www.craterhd.net https://www.facebook.com/SouthsideTICN/

National HIV Testing Day is June 27

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).  Around 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV.  One in seven is not aware of their HIV status.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 13 to 64 get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime.  Others may benefit from more frequent testing.  Take the time this NHTD to get tested.  Find out your HIV status so you can get the prevention and treatment services you need!

It has never been easier to receive a HIV test in Virginia.  Testing is available at local health departments, health clinics, and select Walgreens.  Additionally, some individuals may be eligible for a free in-home HIV test kit.  For more information on NHTD, visit https://www.cdc.gov/features/hivtesting/.  To find a testing option convenient for you, visit www.virginiagetstested.org.

By committing to HIV testing, treatment, and prevention options like PrEP, we can prevent HIV and help people with HIV stay healthy.  For more information on HIV, HIV prevention, or HIV treatment, call the Virginia Disease Prevention Hotline at (800) 533-4148.

Posted by Disease Prevention Hotline on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Virginia’s LGBTQ+ Health Equity Symposium

In commemoration of PRIDE month, please join the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity and a myriad of community partners, for “The Fierce Urgency of NOW!: Virginia’s first LGBTQ+ Health Equity Symposium!” Plan to attend, Thursday, June 27, 9 AM – 3 PM at the James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, Va.

During this inaugural gathering, we will celebrate PRIDE month and the resiliency of the LGBTQ+ community, while also taking an honest look at who’s been left behind in the strides forward. Focusing on health equity and improving health outcomes beyond HIV/AIDs, this gathering will prove to be valuable for healthcare providers, public health professionals, community members, legislators and allies.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Free parking, on-site! Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fierce-urgency-of-now-virginias-lgbtq-health-equity-symposium-tickets-62447655619?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Pardon our Dust: Environmental Health Database Update

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be migrating to a new data system, Environmental Health Database (EHD), starting June 20, 2019.  For about 7 to 10 days, some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of our database will be interrupted.  These services include, but are not limited to:

  • the printing of approval letters and permits,
  • accepting and processing of onsite sewage system operation and  maintenance (O&M) reports,
  • responding to requests for data abstraction or publishing of reports, and/or
  • other general inquiries.

While VDH will work to minimize any interruption in services during and after this data transition period. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Illustration depicting a sign with a Hepatitis concept.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month.  Numerous states across the U.S. have seen an increase in the number of cases of hepatitis A.  This includes the state of Virginia.  It is important to be #HepAware2019 this May.  But what does this mean?  And what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?

  • Learn more about viral hepatitis. Knowledge is power.
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B. If you are in a group that may be at increased risk for hepatitis A or B, protect yourself from infection.  Your primary care provider should provide the vaccine.  Many pharmacies also carry the vaccine.  All local health departments also offer vaccinations.
  • Get tested. There are tests available for hepatitis B and C if you believe you have been exposed.  Find a testing center near you.

Learn, vaccinate, and test.  Follow these suggestions yourself and share this information with your friends and loved ones.

Advance Healthcare Directive Registry

man lying with laptop drinking coffee or teaAll adults can benefit from thinking about what their health care choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.  These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are.  VDH provides a free, secure tool to store end of life documents that protect your legal rights and ensure your medical wishes are honored if you are unable to manage your own care.  Visit the Advance Health Care Directive Registry to get started.

National Infant Immunization Week

Congratulations to the 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champions. #ivax2protect

This week, the Virginia Department of Health celebrates National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW).

NIIW is an annual observance that highlights the importance of vaccines for infants. The week celebrates the work of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. As part of NIIW, one healthcare provider in Virginia is selected as the state winner of the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award. This award recognizes a provider who contributes to public health by promoting childhood immunization.

This year’s CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award winner is Donna Deadrick of Carilion Children’s Pediatric Medicine.

Congratulations, Donna Deadrick! The hard work of healthcare professionals across the state helps to ensure a healthy start for Virginia’s youngest residents. VDH thanks everyone who serves as an immunization champion for their community!

Want to help in an emergency? Sign up for the Va MRC

medical reserve corps at an eventWhen emergencies like hurricanes hit Virginia, there are ways you can help. One way is by joining the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  Virginia’s MRC is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Each of Virginia’s 27 local MRC units is comprised of teams of medical and public health professionals who, along with interested community members, volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and assist during emergencies throughout Virginia. Learn more and sign up.

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.