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.
Building good health habits-like exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of water-are key elements to preventing many illnesses. Engaging youth about these basic building blocks of health is vital. In recognition of National Public Health Week, the Hopewell Health Department partnered with Hopewell City Public Schools to do its first National Public Health Week Art Contest. Fifth grade students were encouraged to enter and create posters illustrating simple, everyday things we all can do to be healthy. A panel of judges selected three winners and two for honorable mention.
On May 15th, the Hopewell Health Department hosted an awards ceremony to recognize students. Members from the Hopewell City Public Schools Superintendant’s office, James Elementary School, and the John Randolph Foundation attended the celebration. Winning artists received a $50 gift card to Books-A-Million and honorable mention artists received a $10 gift card. Their artwork proudly adorns the Health Department lobby.
The Health Department hopes to continue efforts like this to challenge youth in creatively thinking about public health. Thank you to all students that participated and for sprucing up the Health Department walls! Click here to view all the artwork.
The Petersburg Health Department will be starting a Men’s Sexual Health Clinic. "The Men’s Sexual Health Clinic will offer a convenient and confidential place where men can be tested for sexually transmitted infections and HIV after normal business hours. We look forward to the clinic playing a vital role in helping to improve the health of our community," shares Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH, Director of The Petersburg Health Department/Crater Health District.
The clinic will be open the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, July 14, 2014. The Men’s Sexual Health Clinic will offer services to males ages 18 and up by appointment or walk-in (based on availability). It will provide sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, HIV testing, & immunizations. Education and counseling on HIV and sexually transmitted infections will also be provided. All testing and treatment provided is at no cost and confidential. Click here for the full news release.
Petersburg Health Department is celebrating the lowest teen pregnancy rate in four years. The health department has seen a decrease in the rate of teen pregnancies within the City of Petersburg from 103.7 teen pregnancies per 1,000 females in 2009 to 66.7 per 1,000 in 2012. These rates represent a 36% decline.
The Petersburg Health Department continues its focus to provide ongoing collaborations across schools, businesses, City of Petersburg Government agencies, community and faith-based organizations. “We are actively engaged with our community partners," says Alton Hart, Jr. MD, MPH, Crater Health District Director, "it takes the entire community working together to provide guidance, education and services to continue the city’s decline in teen pregnancies.”
The Petersburg Health Department provides a number of youth services to assist teens. HealthSpace Teen Clinic and PRIDE are community based programs. >> Read more