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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.


Internship Program

Internship

The RCHD Internship Program seeks to prepare the next generation of public health professionals by giving students interested in public health opportunities to gain skills relevant to the field. RCHD interns will tackle projects relevant to public health in Richmond under the guidance of RCHD public health professionals. For more information CLICK HERE.


Get Fit with the Active RVA Warriors

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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

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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day is a reminder to get the facts, get tested, and get involved to take care of yourself and your partners.

An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and that number grows by almost 50,000 every year. One in eight people who have HIV don't know it. That means they aren't getting the medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid passing HIV to others.

CDC has found that more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people who have HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. Early linkage to and retention in HIV care is central to managing HIV and promoting health among all people living with HIV. HIV medicines can keep people with HIV healthy for many years, and greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to their sex partners.

Get the Facts
Protecting yourself and others against HIV starts with knowledge. Knowing the facts about HIV will help you make informed decisions about sex, drug use, and other activities that may put you and your partners at risk for HIV.

  • Learn the basics about HIV, how to prevent HIV transmission, and the steps you can take to protect yourself and others.
  • Talk about what you learn with your friends and other people who are important to you.
  • Empower even more people via social media. Share your new knowledge with your friends online.

Get Tested
The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to get tested.

Visit www.cdc.gov/hiv for more information.


Kara

Kara Holmes is the new
Richmond City Health District’s Nurse Manager

The Richmond City Health District also welcomes Kara Holmes, RN, MA, BSN, OHN as its new nurse manager. Born in Canada and recently married, Ms. Holmes has worked in ICU, hospice, occupational health and case management for a public health agency. She holds a Master’s in health promotion and health education.

Ms.  Holmes also notes that infant mortality and working with the disabled hold a special place in her heart. In addition, Ms. Holmes has broad experience managing a national wellness website; extensive experience as a wellness program nurse manager which is her focus; and creating and training a team of nurses across three sites. Ms. Holmes and her husband also spend time with troubled youth.

During her free time, Ms. Holmes enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming and sky diving with her son.  She is also a grandmother of a five month old who is the love of her life along with her two family dogs.


RCHD Provides Health Services to Refugees

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Richmond City Health District welcomes patients of all nationalities, ethnicities, races, and religions. We have been treating refugees from all over the world for years, and we will continue to do so with accuracy and compassion.

RCHD provides health services to newly arrived refugees and asylees. This includes an initial health screening, the purpose of which is to identify and treat any existing condition that could be passed to the public. During the initial visit, we take a health history, conduct laboratory tests for infectious diseases and chronic conditions, and our doctor performs a physical exam. Refugees follow up with RCHD for any recommended immunizations, and they are referred to our other clinics for additional services when necessary, such as maternity clinic. RCHD also completes the health portion of a refugee’s green card paperwork once they become eligible to apply. Please contact our Refugee Nurse at 804-482-5481 for more information.


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.


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.


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!

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Important Headlines

Zika Virus

 

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Prevent Zika Virus by reducing mosquitoes around your home

Zika virus disease (Zika) is a viral disease spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. Reducing the numbers of mosquitoes around your home and in the community reduces the risk for mosquito borne illnesses. The most effective and environmentally sound method of eliminating mosquitoes is to eliminate the places where they breed; dump, treat or remove any container on your property that can hold water. Containers are their most common habitat, so you are the first line of defense against the Asian tiger mosquito which is one of two species in Virginia able to transmit Zika virus. Tiger and Yellow Fever mosquitoes lay eggs only in containers of water, fly and bite mainly during daylight hours, and will enter your home where they rest on walls and then bite day or night. 

 

When outside, protect yourself from being bitten by properly using insect repellent; wear light-colored long sleeved shirts and long pants when possible. Avoid areas where mosquitoes are abundant and stay indoors when they are most active, usually early morning and dusk. However, Tiger mosquitoes will bite throughout the day.

 

For more information about Zika virus, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/zika-virus-update/, and http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html


June is Men's Health Mont h

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Men’s Health Month purpose is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

 

Men should make their health a top priority and take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. There are many easy things that can be done every day to create a healthy lifestyle.

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these tips for men on leading a healthy life: types of cancer.

 

• Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products.

 

Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Eat healthy foods, control portion sizes, and be active to keep your weight in check.

 

Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

 

Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today! Also, avoid secondhand smoke.

 

• Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer.

 

• Take any medications you need. Thousands of deaths could be prevented each year by taking medications properly. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for all medications, including those that help control conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.


• Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.


• Manage stress.
Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it’s important to protect your mental and physical health.


• Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and your health. See your doctor if you think you have a serious problem. Sleep apnea, a common problem in which your breathing stops briefly, can increase the risk of accidents and certain health problems.


• Know your numbers. Learn how your lifestyle affects your risk of health problems. Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), or any others you may have. If your numbers are high or low, your doctor or nurse can explain what they mean and suggest how you can get them to a healthier range. Be sure to ask him or her what tests you need and how often you need them.


• Stay safe. Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work. It also means using condoms, washing your hands, taking care of your teeth, and wearing sunscreen.

 

Also, make sure to pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or symptoms of any kind, be sure to see your doctor right away. Don’t wait!

 


 

View this video to learn more about our Healthy Corner Stores initiative....then the video

Healthy Corner Stores


Fitness


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Meal Detective

Get food safety information for eating out 


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.

 

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Last Updated: 05-26-2016

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