EMS WEEK 2019

EMS Strong – Beyond the Call

Virginians rely on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to respond to the call for help and to provide quality prehospital care during their greatest time of need. National EMS Week is May 19 – 25, 2019. EMS for Children Day, May 22, focuses on the pediatric patient and the specialized care required when providing treatment for them.

During this special week, we recognize the dedication of 35,817 EMS providers and 585 agencies in Virginia. We commend their continued commitment to the citizens of the Commonwealth and to the EMS system. We are especially thankful for their life-saving efforts, not just during this week but every day!

National EMS Week will feature a theme for each day of this special week. Learn more about EMS Week.

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!

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.

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

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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.

NPHW Friday: Climate Change

Today is the fifth day of National Public Health Week, the day’s theme melds with one of our newer initiatives – the Public Health impacts of Climate Change.

Friday’s Theme is Climate Change

Friday,. April 5. National Public Health Week. Climate Change. NPHW 2019 Virginia. Virginia Department of Health. Group of people cleaning up a beach.

Last fall, Dr. Oliver conducted a “Listening Tour” across the state, meeting with local health officials and community members to better understand the health needs and concerns of those we serve.  As the tour progressed, it became apparent that the public health impacts of climate change are of high concern for Virginians.

In response to those concerns, Dr. Oliver requested a VDH internal working group be established to assess the public health impacts of climate change and to outline our agency data and resources to address this issue.  In January of 2019, the VDH Climate Change Committee, or “C-3,” was formed. The C-3 includes representatives from VDH’s offices of Environmental Health, Drinking Water, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Health Equity.

View our Toolkit for more information about National Public Health Week.

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.

View our Toolkit for more information about National Public Health Week.

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.

View our Toolkit for more information about National Public Health Week.

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.

View our Toolkit for more information about National Public Health Week.