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Richmond City Health District


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.

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.

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

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


Creating a community culture: Connecting fathers to their families
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.

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.



STI Push

Active RVA


Active RVA Warriors Program Recruiting New Sites to Host Free Fitness Classes

Are you interested in bringing fitness to your neighborhood? The Active RVA Warriors program, a partnership of the Richmond City Health District (RCHD), Sports Backers, Fit to Go and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, trains members of the community to become professional fitness instructors. Recently, the first class of instructors were recruited to lead free group exercise classes. Now, we are looking for community partners (churches, community centers, retirement homes, schools, etc.) who are interested in hosting a class. Classes will feature movements incorporating cardio, strength and flexibility. 

Host Site Requirements: 

•  Class must be free and open to the

•  Site must have a multi-purpose room
    that can hold a minimum of 10-15

•  Class must be held at least once per

Please feel free to contact Abigail Johnson at 804-482-5506 or if you are interested in hosting a site.


The Virginia WIC program is in the process of transitioning to a paperless system for food benefit management. The program will shift from the use of paper food instruments/checks to electronic benefits transfer (EBT), or ‘eWIC.’

Over the past few months, State WIC office staff, along with local WIC clinic staff, has worked to ensure that this process does not interrupt our service to our participants.

To manage the process and ensure as seamless a transition as possible, the State was divided into four regions: Eastern, Northern, Western, and Central. The transition to eWIC has occurred in all but one region, Central. The Central region – which includes the City of Richmond – will transition to eWIC by the first week of May.

The eWIC benefit card may be used at any store with a window decal that says, “Virginia eWIC Benefit Card Accepted Here!” A list of stores that accept the eWIC benefit card can be obtained from local WIC offices.


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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September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness


If an emergency occurred tomorrow, would you be ready?


National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events. We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages that impact communities for days at a time.


As commendable as they may be in their profession of assisting those in need, police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care for at least a short period of time following an incident; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.


You are not helpless in the face of an emergency. With just a few simple steps, you can Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example in your community.


Be Informed
Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. It is important to understand potential risks where you live.

What you can do:

  1. Bookmark to stay informed on severe weather.
  2. Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency.
  3. Get practical tips on preparing for disaster at

Make a Plan
Make sure that you and your family are prepared for an emergency. Ensure that you can go for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or other local services.
What you can do:

  1. Prepare a disaster supply kit with at least three days of food and water.
  2. Create a Family Emergency Plan, so that your family knows how to communicate during an emergency.
  3. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

Get Involved
Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your preparedness story. Let your friends and family know that you’re prepared for an emergency – and that they should be prepared too. Research has shown that many people won’t prepare until they see others doing so.
What you can do:

  1. Share your preparedness story on Facebook so that friends and family will know what you’ll do in case of disaster.
  2. Tell the world you’re prepared on Twitter using hashtag #NATLPREP.
  3. Get involved with your local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), American Red Cross Chapter or train with a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

You don’t know when an emergency might occur. These simple steps will help you be prepared for the worst.
For more information tailored to specifics needs such as people with disabilities, seniors, assisting children, business readiness, and even information for your pets, see

Woman and baby

September is National Infant
Mortality Month

During the month of September, the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) is highlighting the importance of preventing infant deaths by encouraging safe sleep practices for their newborn. Safe sleep information is a vital and essential component of parent education. According to the State Fatality Review Team, safe sleep related deaths are the leading cause of infant deaths in Virginia.  While visiting the RCHD Clinical Services for their prenatal care, all parents receive safe sleep information along with a combination of related brochures, handouts, door tags, t-shirts and hands on demonstrations in English and Spanish.
In order to keep your baby safe, follow these simple steps:

  • Babies should sleep alone on a firm mattress.
  • Babies must be placed in a “face up” sleeping position.
  • No stuffed animals or toys should be in the crib.
  • The room temperature should not be excessive (hot or cold).
  • Babies should be dressed appropriately and not weighed down with blankets, snow suits, etc. 
  • The risk of death increases when a parent or care provider is under the influence of drugs, alcohol or is sleep deprived.

For more information, please visit:

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. 

Resource Centers

Resource Center

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

Last Updated: 09-11-2014

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