Portsmouth Health Department


The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving a healthy and safe community.For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact 866-531-3068

** Environmental Health Services Important Notice **

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be migrating to a new data system, Environmental Health Database (EHD), starting June 20, 2019. For about 7 to 10 days, some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of our database will be interrupted. In addition, due to the mandatory training requirements for the new data system, the Portsmouth Environmental Health Office will be minimally staffed between June 10-19, 2019. We will still be able to receive permit applications, accept and process payments, administer Certified Pool Operator tests and field customer complaints. VDH will work to minimize any interruption in services during and after this data transition period. W we thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

2017 Portsmouth Community Health Survey Report

Being able to assess the health status and needs of a population at the local level is an important role for public health, particularly when used to supplement readily available state and national data. Because of this, in the spring of 2017, the Portsmouth Health District (PHD) began the process of planning to conduct the 2017 Community Health Survey (CHS), using the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) methodology, which is the third time CASPER methodology has been implemented in Portsmouth. The overarching goal of the CHS using CASPER methodology was to continue to build capacity at the local level in conducting this type of community assessment. The objectives of the CHS were the following:

  1. Gain a better understanding of health at the local/neighborhood level in Portsmouth
  2. Exercise and train public health professionals in using CASPER methodology in a local health district
  3. To gather individual and household data for the Portsmouth Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to measure progress in strategies identified by Healthy Portsmouth
  4. Engage specific communities by conducting household interviews; and 5) to learn and effectively use ArcGIS™ and the Survey123™ App to create spatial analysis maps of health indicators

Below are links to the report and GIS Interactive Tool.

CHS 2017 Report FINAL.pdf

CHS Interactive Data Tool

Portsmouth Health Department partners with EPA

The Portsmouth Health Department will be partnering with the EPA to bring a interactive, fun and educational workshop to Portsmouth on Saturday, September 8th. Please check out the flyer for more details.  Portsmouth-Environmental-Health-Workshop-Flyer.pdf (Requires Adobe Acrobat)

 Portsmouth Health Department Receives National Accreditation

The Portsmouth Health Department is accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board, and is the first health department in Eastern Virginia to achieve this designation. We are committed to the promotion, protection, and preservation of a healthy and environmentally safe community. Through data collection, continuous quality improvement, and community partnerships, the Portsmouth Health Department works to ensure the health and well-being of Portsmouth residents.

Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC

PHDMRC volunteers support local public health initiatives and emergency response. There are roles for both medical and non-medical volunteers.  Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccinations exercises and community disaster drills.  Train with local emergency response partners.  To volunteer, visit www.vamrc.org