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2014 Statewide News Releases


March 7, 2014

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TAKES ACTION TO REDUCE HIV/AIDS
New campaign empowers women.

(Richmond, Va.) The most recent surveillance data collected by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)indicates that 6,600 women are living with HIV disease in Virginia.Forty-eight percent of those cases progressed to an AIDS diagnosis by the end of last year. This data shines a light on the impact that HIV has upon women. more>>


January 29, 2014

Enhancements to WIC Program will Benefit Participants and State
Virginia Issues EBT Cards and Launches New Management Information System

(Richmond, Va.) This past November, the Commonwealth of Virginia introduced a new system to manage eligibility and business functions for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), while simultaneously transitioning from a paper voucher system to an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT card, system. more>>


January 23, 2014

Funding Available for Organizations Serving Summer Meals to Virginia Children
Deadline to apply for this year’s Summer Food Service Program is April 25, 2014

(Richmond, VA) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is looking for financially viable organizations that can serve meals to children during the summer months. Organizations that participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will be reimbursed by VDH for the meals that are served. Participating sponsors will also be reimbursed for certain allowable administrative costs associated with serving the meals. In addition, all participating organizations receive technical assistance from VDH staff. All participating sponsors are required to attend the SFSP training provided by VDH. Training dates will be publicized on VDH’s SFSP website when finalized. more>>


January 6, 2014

Take Precautions in Extreme Cold Weather

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encourages everyoneto protect themselves against serious health problems that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold.

“When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced, causing cold-weather health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia,” said State Health Commissioner Cynthia Romero, MD, FAAFP. “Neither of these conditions should be taken lightly, and all Virginians should take the necessary steps to lower their risk of exposure.” more>>


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