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.
Hopewell Health Department and Animal Control are issuing a rabies alert after a raccoon from the 3000 block of Sherwood Lane, tested positive for rabies. Pet owners in this area and throughout the city, are advised to check shot records for their pets to ensure that their rabies shots are up to date. It is strongly recommend that the public refrain from feeding or having contact with any wild or stray animals because rabies is a potential fatal disease. It is very important for parents to remind their children to never approach wild or stray animals or to touch any animal they don't know.
For more information you may call the Petersburg Health Department at (804) 862-8944 or Hopewell Animal Control at (804) 541-2204.
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.