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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.

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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.


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

Internship Program


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


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: programs/warriors


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 and by email at

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
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.



Dr. Danny TK Avula is new Richmond City Health District Director

Richmond, VA - The Richmond City Health District welcomes Dr. Danny Avula, MD, MPH as its new Director. Dr. Avula has served as the Deputy Director for the Richmond Public Health Department since 2009. He is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and preventive medicine. In addition to his role as a public health practitioner, he continues to practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended medical school at the VCU School of Medicine, and completed residencies at VCU and Johns Hopkins University, where he also received a Master’s in Public Health. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at VCU, where he regularly serves as an advisor and preceptor to graduate and medical students.

At home, Dr. Avula loves to spend time with his wife and four kids, and he is deeply committed to community development efforts in the Church Hill neighborhood, where he has lived for the past eleven years. He has been recognized by Style Magazine as one of Richmond’s “Top 40 under 40,” by Our Health Magazine as one of Richmond’s “Top 15 Health Care Leaders under 40” for his commitment to improving Richmond’s health, and has been named to Richmond Magazine’s “Top Docs” list for the past four years. His work has also been featured nationally by the CDC, MSNBC, Christianity Today, and on the TED circuit with his 2014 TEDxRVA talk entitled "Dependence isn't a Dirty Word".

Dr. Avula serves on several community boards including: the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Communities in Schools of Richmond, YMCA of Greater Richmond, Richmond Sports Backers, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the Virginia State Board of Social Services. Dr. Avula is respected and recognized for his creativity and innovation in developing public health interventions, and the collaborative spirit he brings as he draws partners together to improve the health of the Richmond community.


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.

What is Zika?

Zika virus disease (Zika) is a viral disease spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected by feeding on infected persons. Zika virus is transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti (Yellow fever mosquito). Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) can also spread the virus. Both of these mosquitoes can also transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses. For more information, please visit

RCHD Provides Health Services to Refugees


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
To read press release, click here.



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

For other locations and times click here.

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.

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.
For Class Schedule click here

Call 804-205-3912 to register!

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Important Headlines


Public Advisory

Raccoons picked up from South Richmond neighborhood test positive for rabies: residents urged to take precautions to prevent rabies risk

The Richmond City Health District is reminding residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to rabies virus. In the past month, raccoons picked up in two separate incidents within the same neighborhood by Richmond Animal Care and Control tested positive for rabies. The south Richmond neighborhood area is bounded by Glencove Lane, Hagueman Drive, Bliley Road, and Junaluska Drive.

To prevent animal bites, the public is advised not to approach wild or stray animals either in wooded areas, on the streets, or if they wander onto your property; particularly if the animal is behaving strangely. Take the following steps to prevent family members and pets from being exposed to rabies:
 Don’t attract wild animals into your yard by leaving out pet food or uncontained garbage
 Vaccinate all cats, dogs and ferrets against rabies and keep their shots up to date
 Don’t allow your pets to roam freely through the neighborhood; keep them on a leash when walking them
 Report stray animals to your local animal control agency

Rabies can be deadly; it is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is in the saliva of rabid animals and can be transmitted through a bite or by getting infected saliva in the eyes, mucous tissue or an open wound. If you or your pet are attacked or bitten, report it to the health department or animal control authorities. If possible (without danger or risk), restrain the animal so that it can be tested, or get a good description of the animal that you can provide to authorities. If you are bitten, promptly seek medical attention.

For more information about rabies and animal bites, visit


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

Healthy Corner Stores

Richmond City Health District seeks citizens’ input on new healthy food survey



The Richmond City Health District has launched a new health initiative called the Richmond Healthy Food Access Survey to address issues related to obesity, food deserts and food insecurities.


In order to address these important health issues in the city, citizens can now provide valuable feedback to the Richmond City Health Department regarding what they would like to see in their neighborhood as it relates to increasing their access to healthy food options.  From now until April 30th, city residents can text “YES” to 804-292-2265 and then be guided through a text-based survey which asks questions about their interest in gaining access to healthy foods in their neighborhoods. Spanish-speaking residents can text “SI” to 804-419-7355 for a Spanish translation of the survey.  Standard text messaging prices may apply.  Door hangers regarding this survey have also been placed on doors around the city.

With these data, the Richmond City Health District hopes to make better informed decisions regarding the future implementation of their Healthy Corner Stores programs and the residents’ preferences for the varieties of fresh produce they would like in their neighborhood corner stores.

STD Awareness

April is STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month is here, along with the alarming news that sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. Recent CDC data for three nationally-reported STDs-chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis-show staggering numbers, with cases of all three diseases increasing for the first time since 2006.


Young people ages 15-24, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men continue to be at greatest risk for infection. We know that individual risk behaviors aren’t the only cause. Environmental, social, and cultural factors, including high numbers of STD cases in these populations and difficulty accessing quality health care, contribute to the higher STD burden.


The good news? STDs are preventable! There are steps each of us can take to minimize the negative, long-term consequences of these infections. CDC’s STD Awareness Month web pages are filled with resources and guidance for both providers and individuals. If our goal is to prevent STDs, then we need to know how to talk about them, when to test for them, and how to treat them.

Visit for more information.




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.



Last Updated: 04-28-2016

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