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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.


FREE Group Exercise Instructor Training

Active

Apply to be a Fitness Leader in Your Community

The Active RVA Warriors program is recruiting the next class of fitness leaders! Sponsored by the Richmond City Health District, Sports Backers, Fit to Go and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Warriors program is a free six-month training program in group exercise instruction. We’re looking for people with passion and leadership to apply to our next class for the program. Participants will receive practical experience by leading their own group fitness class throughout the duration of the program. Upon completion of the program, participants will be equipped to pass a nationally certified exam.

For more information and to complete an online application visit: http://www.activerva.org/about/ programs/warriors

The application closes June 12, 2015.

Contact: Abbey Johnson at Abigail.johnson@vdh.virginia.gov OR 804-428-5506


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
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.

News

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.


SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICALS
AT MOSBY RESOURCE CENTER

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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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Although many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only older adults, strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly a quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65.
Each year, almost 800,000 strokes occur in the United States. Strokes often lead to serious, life-changing complications that include:

  • Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body.
  • Problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory.
  • Problems understanding or forming speech.
  • Difficulty controlling or expressing emotions.
  • Numbness or strange sensations.
  • Pain in the hands and feet.
  • Depression.

To help protect yourself and your loved ones, learn what steps you can take to prevent a stroke and how to spot a stroke if one occurs.

Lowering Your Risk for Stroke
Demographic factors such as family history, age, sex, and race/ethnicity can all play a role in an individual’s stroke risk. Regardless of your background, however, there are several things you can do to lower your chances of having a stroke.
For example, cigarette smoking contributes to one in every five strokes in the United States. Smoking—and even exposure to second-hand smoke—can thicken the blood and make it more likely to clot. Thicker blood flow can lead to increased plaque buildup in your arteries and damage to the blood vessels leading to the brain, which can cause or worsen a stroke. So, quit smoking—or better yet, don’t start.

Know your ABCS of health:

    • Appropriate Aspirin therapy: Ask your doctor if taking aspirin is right for you.
    • Blood pressure control: Keeping your blood pressure under control reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke. More than half of the world’s stroke deaths are caused by elevated blood pressure levels.
    • Cholesterol management: Get your cholesterol checked regularly and manage it with diet and physical activity or with medication, if needed.
    • Smoking cessation: Get help at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet that’s low in sodium.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent or control diabetes.
  • Limit your alcohol intake (fewer than two drinks per day for men, or one drink per day for women).

Recognizing the Signs of Stroke
When responding to a stroke, every minute counts. The sooner a patient receives medical treatment, the lower the risk for death or disability. If you or someone you know exhibits the following signs or symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.

Remember, getting immediate medical attention for stroke is crucial to preventing disability and death, so don’t delay—dial 9-1-1.
To learn more about reducing your risk for stroke, visit Million Hearts™ , a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over 5 years.


Teen

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Teens consistently say that parents–not peers, not partners, not popular culture–most influence their decisions about relationships and sex. That’s right...believe it or not; your teens want to hear from YOU.

 

In recent years, there has been an ongoing trend in the reduction of teen pregnancies in Richmond City. From 2008-2012, we have seen a drop from 916 teen pregnancies to 497 teen pregnancies. Though there is a downward trend in teen pregnancy nationally and in Virginia, the decrease in Richmond represents a 40% reduction in the teen pregnancy rate since 2008, compared to the state reduction of 36%.

 

CLICK HERE to visit the Richmond Health District Adolescent Health website. Also, visit: http://thenationalcampaign.org/


 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: 05-16-2015

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