Crater Health District

Working together to foster healthy communities through disease prevention & control, health promotion, environmental protection and emergency preparedness & response. The District serves the cities and counties of Dinwiddie, Emporia, Greensville, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Surry and Sussex.

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The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Medical and non-medical backgrounds needed.

  • Low time commitment
  • All training is FREE
  • Become engaged in Public Health

ACES Summit June 1-3, 2017

The Crater Health District will host “Beyond ACEs: Building Community Resistance” summit on June 1-3, 2017. Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Thus, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

We invite a variety of participants – teachers, healthcare providers, social services, community members, etc. – to learn about ACEs and how understanding ACEs can improve delivery of care, and build resilience to prevent negative impacts of ACEs. More information about the summit schedule and any costs will be posted here. For more information about ACEs, visit the CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences page.

Crater Celebrates National Public Health Week!

From April 3 – 7, 2017, the Crater Health District (CHD) will host several activities to celebrate National Public Health Week and promote awareness of all the work involved in helping build healthy communities.

CHD has partnered with local chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to carry out Health Walk Challenge throughout the week. Walking is a great way to stay physically active, and the best part – it’s free!

On Tuesday, April 4th, the Crater Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will canvass the campus of Virginia State University to promote awareness of good hand hygiene.

On Wednesday, April 5th, CHD has partnered with American Red Cross to do a blood drive at the Petersburg Health Department. Community and staff interested in donating should contact Stacie Desper at 804-862-8947 or We will also be hosting a food drive. Community and staff are encouraged to drop off low-sodium canned goods, whole grain or wheat pasta to the designated box located at each local health department.

On Thursday, April 6th, MRC will sponsor an MRC Walk For Public Health.

On Friday, April 7th, CHD will host a Public Health Academy for high school juniors and seniors. Students will spend the day learning what public health is, career opportunities from our Public Health Professionals panel, and gain hands-on experience through public health activities.

On Saturday, April 8th, the week will culminate with a Ride For Public Health – a collaboration with Kuntry Boyz Swagg Motorcycle. Motorcyclists will begin their public health awareness ride from the Prince George Health Department and end at the Petersburg Health Department. Music, food, and health-related vendors will be present at the Petersburg Health Department.

For more information about these events, please contact coordinator Tiffany Cox at 804-862-8951 or