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.
Throughout the month of May, the HealthSpace Teen Clinic will observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. The goal is to continue providing students with teen-friendly sexual and reproductive health education and services. The Teen Clinic group will visit local schools during lunch sessions and take a holistic approach to raising awareness about teen pregnancy and encouraging the students to start preparing and talking about their future.
“If we can help teens practice how to deal with difficult decisions about sex responsibly, before they are faced with them, then they will be more likely to make confident, responsible decisions when the time comes,” says Daysha Downing, HealthSpace Teen Clinic Health Educator, “so this month we are promoting the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz as a way to start a conversation about sex, love, relationships, and teen pregnancy.”
The online Teen Pregnancy Quiz walks participants through scenarios in which they will have to make decisions about having sex. As participants navigate through the scenarios, they are also provided with information about preventing pregnancy and survey results on what teens really think about sex and relationships (hint: it’s not what television and movies would have you think).
“Tools like this can help you have – what can often feel like a very uncomfortable – discussion about sex and what it really means: that sex has consequences,” says Mrs. Downing. Share the quiz and start the conversation about sex and teen pregnancy today. For more information about the HealthSpace Teen Clinic, visit our services page.
Are you a food service provider? Own a restaurant? Operate a facility's cafeteria?
New health regulations require that the person in charge (PIC) of a food service establishment be able to demonstrate knowledge in food safety. To prepare food service establishment PICs for this responsibility, the Crater Health District will hold the two-day ServSafe Essentials Certification Course in May, June and October. Courses fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don’t delay, register today! Visit our Environmental Health section for more information about the course and registration.
The Crater Health District will receive approximately $436,000 annually for four years to reduce and prevent chronic disease and health disparities as part of a federal CDC grant awarded to the Virginia Department of Health.
“We are excited to be awarded this funding opportunity to enhance current community efforts that are focused on reducing health disparities by preventing and managing chronic diseases,” said Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH, Health Director of the Crater Health District.
The funds will be used to develop programs across the district in Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Sussex, and Surry counties and the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg. Working with locally-driven, diverse collaborative networks (referred to as Community Action Networks, or CANs), the District will implement targeted activities that directly serve its communities. The focus will be on policy, system and environmental changes that address the prevention and control of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke and that reduce health disparities in these areas among our citizens in the District.
“Working in partnership with public, private and nonprofit health and human service providers, local governments, schools, faith based community and others , we can make the Crater Health District a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Together we create opportunities to help Virginians live longer, healthier lives. Our goal at VDH is to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation” said Dr. Hart. Click here for the full news release.