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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


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

Back-To-School Immunization and School Physicals Clinic will be held on Friday, August 26th

The Richmond City Health Department is conducting a Back-To-School immunization and school physicals clinic on Friday, August 26th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 400 East Cary Street or use the clinic entrance at 401 East Main Street.


All immunizations needed for school and daycare will be available, as well as the T-Dap booster shot for students entering the 6th grade.


Free school physicals for Head Start and elementary school will also be available as well as sports physicals for middle and high school students.


Parents are reminded that students will not be allowed to attend class without documentation showing that they have received required school vaccinations. So, make sure they have all immunizations before school starts!


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Free Youth Sports Physicals

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Free Youth Sports Physicals for City of Richmond middle (13 years and up) and High School students.


New STI Evening Screening Clinic

Beginning August 2nd, the Richmond City Health District will offer an evening STI clinic the first Tuesday of each month. Clinic registration will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or until clinic capacity is reached.  The evening hours will hopefully help make it more convenient for members of the public to get tested and to know their STI status.

The Richmond City Health District First Tuesday STI Clinic details:

  • First Tuesday of the month beginning August 2nd.
  • Registration from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (or until clinic capacity is met).
  • Free screening for syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
  • Screening only. Persons needing treatment will be given appointment to our weekday STI clinic.

For information about our STI Clinic, call 804-482-5500.


It's Hurricane Season

Plan now for hurricanes. Write down your plans and discuss with your family members.


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.


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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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 www.ZikaVA.org.


Immunization Month

 

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th Century, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), encourage all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases and to provide the opportunity to remind the community of the importance of immunization.  While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, vaccination rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals.

 

Did You Know:

  • August is a great time to get immunized because, parents are enrolling their children in school, older students are entering college and adults and the health care community are preparing for the upcoming flu season. This makes August a particularly good time to focus community attention on the value of immunization.
  • Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that once routinely killed or harmed tens of thousands of infants, children and adults.
  • The viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases and death still exist and can infect people who are not protected by vaccines. Vaccine-preventable diseases have a costly impact, resulting in doctors' visits, hospitalizations and premature deaths. Sick children can also cause parents to lose time from work.
  • Maintaining high immunization rates protects the entire community by interrupting the transmission of disease-causing bacteria or viruses. This reduces the risk that unimmunized people will be exposed to disease-causing agents. This type of protection is known as community or herd immunity and embodies the concept that protecting the majority with safe, effective vaccines also protects those who cannot be immunized for medical reasons.
  • Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives. And we need to remind people that immunizations aren’t just for children. Vaccines are an important step in protecting against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases.

This year during National Immunization Awareness Month, the Richmond City Health District will provide school physicals for children ages 3 -7 on Friday, August 26, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Please bring yourchild’s vaccine record. We are located at 401 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.

 

Make sure that your family and friends are up-to-date on their immunizations.


Sepetember is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity


 

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

Healthy Corner Stores


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Meal Detective

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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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