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 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
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Attention 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.
During this time of year, one of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office. Sometimes, this can last for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.
However, before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
For more information visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BEREADY.
Richmond teen pregnancy rate drops 30%
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 2010 shows a remarkable 30% 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.
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Did you know that December 8-14, 2013 is National Influenza Vaccination Week? This is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination through December and into the New Year.
On Monday, December 9, 2013, the City of Richmond will host two vaccination events in partnership with the CDC initiative that encourages increased flu vaccination for underserved and underinsured populations. Free vaccinations will be provided from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to homeless clientele at Commonwealth Catholic Charities, 511 W. Grace Street.
Then the Richmond City Health District and Walgreens along with City leaders, Fresh Anointing Cathedral and community partners launch a kickoff event for the general public to celebrate the “It’s Not Too Late…Vaccinate” event at Fresh Anointing Cathedral, 3001 2nd Avenue, Richmond, Virginia from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free flu vaccinations, blood pressure readings, health screenings, health information, resources, light refreshments and giveaways will be available at this event. All ages are welcome.
For more information, contact Rafiat Williams at 804-205-3731. Spanish version flyer click here.
Last year’s flu outbreak serves as a reminder that it’s a good idea to get a flu shot—the sooner, the better.
In fact, a recent survey found that 47 percent of Americans surveyed reported that they are more likely to get a flu shot this year, given last year’s outbreak. To help you stay healthy, here are some tips on how to avoid the flu:
• Get the flu shot every year as early as you can: It’s important to get the flu shot every year because it is the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza to others and your immunity to the virus declines over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot as soon as vaccine is available.
• Keep it convenient: To make getting a flu shot more convenient, pharmacists offer the shot during daytime, evening and weekend hours. No appointment is necessary and many health plans are accepted, including Medicare Part B, which covers the cost of a flu shot.
• Wash hands frequently: Touching everyday items, such as door handles and other surfaces, can be difficult to avoid. To help combat germs, wash hands frequently (especially after coughing or sneezing) with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose.
• Practice good health habits: Getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking adequate fluids and eating nutritious foods are all healthy habits that can help to keep your immune system in top condition during flu season.
• Make sure children are safe: Children under 5 (especially under the age of 2) are at high risk for flu-related complications.
Remind school-age children of the importance of hand washing, coughing into their elbows rather than hands and using tissues when they sneeze.
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
If you’d like to have a Richmond City Health District Professional speak or provide a presentation about public health topics or services, contact us about the availability of a Speakers Bureau member. Click here to email your request and to learn more.
Working with community partners to provide health and referral services in RRHA communities.
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