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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.


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

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!


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.


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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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/


 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.


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: 07-02-2015

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