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Richmond City Health District

RCHD

The mission of the Richmond City Health District is to promote healthy living, protect the environment, prevent disease and prepare the community for disasters.

The general operation hours at 400 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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RCHD Speaker's Bureau

Would you like to have a RCHD professional speak or provide a presentation to your group or organization? If so, the RCHD Speaker’s Bureau can help. We have a group of professional members who can present on a variety of public health topics or services. Please click here to go to the full Speaker’s Bureau webpage.


Resolve to Get Active

Active

Resolve to Get Active-Join a Free Fitness Class!

Hey RVA! Are you ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier new you? The Active RVA Warriors program recently graduated its first class of fearless fitness leaders who are prepared to motivate and inspire you to reach your health and wellness goals. Warriors offer free fitness classes in various locations throughout the city including schools, community centers, churches and senior residential facilities. Grab a friend and head to one of these free classes today! Click here for a list of class offerings and locations.


Help

The Richmond City community group called The H.E.L.P., Healing, Educating, and Loving People currently provides full HIV/STI screenings every Wednesday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. at 208 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA.  The group also conducts educational trainings/sessions on topics such as domestic violence and mental wellness. 

For more information, contact Donte’ McCutchen at 804-205-3750 or visit them online at www.helprichmond.org and by email at helpcenter804@gmail.com


RCHD Healthy Homes Initiative

Healthy Homes

The Richmond City Health District’s Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative wants to help make your house safer and healthier. Find out why and how to keep away pests and mold growth. You can also learn how to prevent trips, falls and fires as well as make the air in your home cleaner. For information, contact us at 804-205-3500 x7 ”or visit us at www.healthyhomesrchd.com

More information:
A Healthy Home for everyone
A Healthy Home (Spanish) Click here the visit the CDC Healthy Homes website
LSHHI Newsletter


Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative

Fatherhood

Creating a community culture: Connecting fathers to their families Richmondfatherhood.org
Call: (804) 482-8005


More Links

Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
Disaster Preparedness Brochure
School Physical Info.
Healthier Richmond Newsletter
Richmond Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
RCHD Annual Report
School immunizations
High Blood Pressure Center
Childhood Obesity and Type II Diabetes
Healthy Childbirth and Infancy
Organization Chart

New EPA Law Impacts Home Remodeling

Lead SaftyAttention Richmond building contractors: The law is changing. Will your work disturb ≥ 6 sq ft of LEAD-BASED PAINTED SURFACE? If so, you must become a Certified Renovator to work on pre-1978 housing or child- occupied facilities. Click here to learn more.  Email our staff to find out how we can help you become certified.

News

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RCHD to Promote Healthier Choices For Students

Obesity Prevention Grant

The Richmond City Health District (RCHD) received a Public Health and Health Services grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support obesity prevention initiatives. RCHD will partner with Richmond Public Schools, the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, the YMCA and Virginia Commonwealth University to implement a number of innovative strategies to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. These include “Smarter Lunchrooms” to improve the school food environment, hydration stations in elementary schools to encourage students to drink more water, and healthy eating and physical activity standards for out-of-school programs. CDC Public Health Prevention Service Fellow Abbey Johnson and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Thompson are the lead coordinators for the school initiatives. They can be reached at Abigail.johnson@vdh.virginia.gov and Andrew.thompson@vdh.virginia.gov          


Fruit
Register For Food Safety Training

The Food Worker's Class (food handlers) is a basic 4-hour course for line workers and persons who prepare or cook food. Cost is $30.00. Persons who complete training will receive a certificate.

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For Class Schedule click here

The Food Manager’s Class is a two-day class that's geared towards line supervisors and managers. This will be required training per State Food Regulations to have a Certified Manager on staff at all restaurants. Cost is $150.00 per person.
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For Class Schedule click here

Call 804-205-3912 to register!


AIDS Ribbon

Linkage to HIV Care

The Richmond City Health District is now providing linkage to care services for persons living with HIV in Central Virginia.  Our program staff will provide assistance to clients by connecting them to medical care and other support services such as mental health and substance abuse.  They will also conduct outreach and education services to the community aimed at increasing awareness.  Assistance is offered to medical providers and case managers that provide care to persons living with HIV, who have clients that are no longer in care or are at risk of becoming lost to care.  In addition, our program staff will conduct routine follow-up and retention services to clients to keep them actively engaged in their medical care. 

For more information about HIV linkage to cares services, contact Pamela Price at Pamela.price@vdh.virginia.gov  or Suzanne Roberts at 804-205-3751.


SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICALS
AT MOSBY RESOURCE CENTER

1536 Coalter Street
Sports physicals for MLK and Armstrong students
Call 786-0204 for an appointment


Adolescent Health Program

boys and girls

Richmond Teen Pregnancy
Rate Drops 40%

The Richmond City Health District Adolescent Health Program is delighted about reporting fewer teen pregnancies in the City of Richmond. The teen pregnancy rate from 2008 to 2012 shows a remarkable 40% drop. The Adolescent Health Program focuses on helping teens make healthy choices about their future and creating a supportive environment for adolescent health education throughout the City of Richmond.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Strategy
Teen Pregnancy Trends
Richmond Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Click here to visit the our web page. 

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Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions: What’s the Secret?

It’s that time of the year again! January 1 often symbolizes new beginnings, the time of the year when we reflect upon our successes and challenges of the past year and set personal goals or resolutions to achieve in the New Year. Let’s face it, most of us have a hard time sticking to our New Year’s resolutions, but keeping your resolution doesn’t have to be so complex! Here are six tips to help you achieve your goals in 2015.

Keep It Simple
This is probably where many of us struggle the most.  Don’t set big, lofty goals. Rather, start small. Think of one to three goals that you want to work towards. Make sure your goals are realistic and attainable.  If you’re not a big runner, you likely won’t compete in a 5k overnight, but perhaps you can start by running half a mile a day, and then slowly increasing your mileage. Soon enough, you’ll be ready for the big race.

Be Specific
Broad goals are harder to achieve.  Make your goals concrete and develop a step by step plan for how you are going to reach them. For example, say you want to save up for a summer vacation at the beach. What does your savings plan look like? You might set a certain amount away every month or you might cut down on eating out and entertainment. Either way, having a well thought out plan goes a long way.

Write It Down
You’re more likely to stick to your goals if you write them down. Writing your goals down will not only help you keep track of your goals, but it also provides clarity. Post your written goals as a constant reminder of your vision for the future. Keep a copy at your desk, on the nightstand next to your bed or on the refrigerator in the kitchen.

Get a Buddy
Share your list of goals with family and friends. You are not in it alone. In some cases you and your buddy may even share the same goal.  Accountability buddies can support you and keep you motivated and you can return the favor.  

Don’t Give Up
Keep at it when things get tough. Don’t get discouraged. Keep going. Remember, everyone hits a bump now and then.  Stay positive and think about how you can revise your plan, if needed. For instance, your goal may be to bring lunch to work rather than eating out. If everyday doesn’t work, try one or two days a week.

Reward Yourself
Treat yourself when you stick to your plan or when you reach your goals. There’s nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back from time to time. You deserve it! Enjoy a movie, a personal spa day or that item you’ve been eyeing at the mall.


 FACTS ABOUT EBOLA

Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.

 

The Richmond City Health District wants residents of the Richmond community to know that your public health department is fully involved and is working collaboratively with State and local agencies as well as private sector partners to enhance preparedness and to properly respond to the possibility of encountering a case of Ebola within our community. Although the risk of exposure to the general public is low, we are taking steps to protect the public’s health, just as we do everyday throughout the year. Foremost, we encourage you to become informed about the Ebola virus and to separate fact from fiction. Information about Ebola is provided on the Virginia Department of Health’s website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/ebola/ and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

 

Answers to frequently asked questions and information can also be obtained by calling an Ebola hotline established by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). The Virginia 211 Call Center will answer calls using frequently asked questions developed by VDH.  The Richmond City Health District Speakers Bureau can also be contacted to request presentations of educational information about Ebola virus.


Get Your Flu Shot

Have you received your flu shot? If not, come to the Richmond City Health District on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Flu shots are given by appointment only with limited walk-ins. Call 804-482-5500 to make an appointment.Visit www.flu.gov for more flu information. 

 


WIC helps Women, Infants and Children

WIC is the special supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is available at the Richmond City Health District and other local health departments. Program participants receive nutritional education and are able to shop at local grocery stores for foods that promote the health and growth of children.CLICK HERE for more information or look us up under RCHD programs.

 

WIC

 


Richmond Smiles Dental Van

Sadly, we are suspending the Richmond Smiles Mobile Dental Program  while we work diligently with our community partners and potential funders to determine how to meet the oral health needs of our citizens. 
REFERRAL TO LOW COST DENTAL CARE Click Here


Resource Centers

Resource Center

Working with community partners to provide health and referral services in RRHA communities.
Click here for more information.


Last Updated: 01-30-2015

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