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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

Speaker

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.


Epi

Please visit RCHD’s new Epidemiology page for the latest information on Ebola, Listeria, measles and issues of public health concern.


Get Fit with the Active RVA Warriors

Active

Hey RVA! Are you ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier new you? The Active RVA Warriors program offers 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.

For more information and to complete an online application visit: http://www.activerva.org/about/ programs/warriors


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
Healthy Childbirth and Infancy

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

This is Public Health (Video)

This is Public Health


sports

SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICALS
AT MOSBY RESOURCE CENTER

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

For other locations and times click here.


Stop TB

Atlantic Hurricane
Season is Here

June 1st is the official start to the Atlantic hurricane season which runs through November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report that this year’s season is expected to be below normal.

This season, 6-11 named storms are expected along with 3- 6 hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes.

Since the Atlantic is expecting below normal hurricane activity this season, that’s no guarantee that a storm won’t make a catastrophic landfall.  Make sure that you and your family and loved ones are prepared and visit: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/
AmericasPrepareathon/view?objectId=
3221328&exp=e2
or www.ready.gov.

Stop TB

Support Tobacco-Free Schools

Richmond City Health District congratulates Richmond Public Schools on being acknowledged by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for adopting a 100% tobacco-free policy that restricts smoking and the use of any tobacco or smoking products by anyone on school property, school grounds, and school-sponsored events!  The 100% tobacco-free policy is an important intervention that will reduce exposure to harmful effects of tobacco and help prevent youth from starting use of tobacco.  Parents and members of the public are encouraged to support our schools in this effort to protect the health of our youth and make our community healthier.For more information about preventing tobacco use in our schools, visit   http://vfhy.org/tobacco.
To read press release, click here.


Smart

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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
For Class Schedule click here

Call 804-205-3912 to register!


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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STI


Doctor

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th Century, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), encourage all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases and to provide the opportunity to remind the community of the importance of immunization.  While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, vaccination rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals.

 

Did You Know:

  • August is a great time to get immunized because, parents are enrolling their children in school, older students are entering college and adults and the health care community are preparing for the upcoming flu season. This makes August a particularly good time to focus community attention on the value of immunization.

  • Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that once routinely killed or harmed tens of thousands of infants, children and adults.

  • The viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases and death still exist and can infect people who are not protected by vaccines. Vaccine-preventable diseases have a costly impact, resulting in doctors' visits, hospitalizations and premature deaths. Sick children can also cause parents to lose time from work.

  • Maintaining high immunization rates protects the entire community by interrupting the transmission of disease-causing bacteria or viruses. This reduces the risk that unimmunized people will be exposed to disease-causing agents. This type of protection is known as community or herd immunity and embodies the concept that protecting the majority with safe, effective vaccines also protects those who cannot be immunized for medical reasons.

  • Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives. And we need to remind people that immunizations aren’t just for children. Vaccines are an important step in protecting against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases.

This year during National Immunization Awareness Month, the Richmond City Health District will provide school physicals for children ages 3 -7 on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Please bring your child’s vaccine record. We are located at 401 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.

 

Make sure that your family and friends are up-to-date on their immunizations.


Extreme Heat


Stay Safe and Healthy This Summer

Men

 

The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. It's summertime once again. Here are some tips to help make your summer the best, and healthiest, one yet.

Grill and Chill
Whether you prefer burgers off the grill or a picnic in the park, one thing you don’t want on the menu this summer is food borne illness. Take these steps to help keep germs at bay.

  • Wash your hands before and after handling food.
  • When taking foods off the grill, do not put cooked food items back on the same plate that previously held raw food.
  • When grilling foods, preheat the coals on your grill for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the coals are lightly coated with ash.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that food reaches a safe internal temperature.
  • Never let raw meat, cooked food or cut fresh fruits or vegetables sit at room temperature more than two hours before putting them in the cooler or refrigerator (one hour when the temperature is above 90°F).
  • Make sure to pack plenty of extra ice or freezer packs in your cooler to ensure a constant cold temperature.

Beat the Heat
Heat-related illnesses claim the lives of hundreds of people each year, so it is important to take these precautions when working or playing outside during the hot summer months.

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages;
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that is light in color;
  • Reduce strenuous activities or do them during the cooler parts of the day.

 
Fun in the Sun
Your summer plans may include hitting the beach, or just spending more time outdoors. Make sure you plan to avoid sunburn, which can increase your risk of skin cancer.

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), when UV rays are strongest and do the most damage.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants with a tight weave are best.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Grab shades that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Rub on sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.

Swim Safe
Swimming is a fun way to stay cool and be active. Before diving in, make sure you know these tips for staying healthy and safe while swimming.

  • Avoid swallowing pool water or even getting it in your mouth.
  • Shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Take children on bathroom breaks or check diapers often.
  • Keep an eye on children at all times.
  • Kids can drown in seconds and in silence.
  • Never swim alone or in unsupervised locations.
  • Teach children to always swim with a buddy.
  • Don’t use air-filled swimming aids (such as “water wings”) with children in place of life jackets or life preservers.

 For More Information 1-800-CDC-INFO http://www.cdc.gov/


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

 


Resource Centers

Resource Center

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


Last Updated: 08-25-2015

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