Richmond City Health District


The Power of Home

A home is more than just a place to live; it’s a haven where you feel a sense of belonging. To create a culture of health in Richmond where every person has a chance to thrive, we need sustainable, affordable, diverse and inclusive communities that foster that belonging for all.


Housing is one of the most efficient ways to improve health. Where we live and who we live alongside determines whether we have access to good jobs, reliable transportation, quality schools, grocery stores that offer fresh produce, and space for recreation and community.

Richmond City Health District is on a mission to expose and address the root causes of health disparities by partnering with communities and organizations that seek to do the same. This week, we’re uniting to shine a light on the power of home to shape our health, our opportunities, and our ability to evolve and grow as a city.

Regardless of income, neighborhood, education level, or race, our quality of life depends on access to a healthy, safe, and sustainable home. We cannot move forward as a city until we address barriers preventing so many families from this cornerstone of thriving.

Questions, comments or ideas about creating diverse and compassionate communities? Email or, contact your Council member and ask them to consider intentionally designed diverse communities as part of the solution toward better health and better lives for all.

Public Health Week is a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Together, we are celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for fair and healthy policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships, and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Current Highlights

In September 2017, Richmond was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize, joining just 8 communities selected this year, and 34 other communities across the country to be recognized as leaders in creating opportunities for all residents to live healthier lives.

We are proud to have received the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize, along with seven other communities around the country that are working to improve health. Click Here to learn more.

Health inequality in Richmond is a complicated problem. To improve health for everyone, we need to ask hard questions about history, housing, education, food access, transportation, employment, health care access, and the environment. To address these complex issues, we want to include residents as partners in these conversations, and support residents to become agents of change in their own neighborhoods and families. By coming together as a community we can achieve long-term solutions that really work.

The end goal for Richmond is health equity and a commitment to prioritizing health and opportunity in the policies that govern us, the programs that support us, and the development projects that are changing the landscape of our city.

Richmond won the Culture of Health Prize because we’ve made a good start on this path, but we still have a long way to go before a true Culture of Health exists in our city.  The video above documents this point in our journey, and we look forward to sharing updates as we make progress together in the months and years to come.

You can also view Richmond’s in-depth Culture of Health profile on the RWJF website and learn more about the Culture of Health Prize here (include hyperlink titled RWJF Culture of Health). 


Mayor Stoney in partnership with the Richmond City Health District and Richmond Public Schools want parents and 5th grade students, who will be age 10 by the end of 2018, to take up the Challenge to have 5th graders get the TdaP vaccination before the end of this school year.

Virginia law requires all students entering the 6th grade to have documented proof that they’ve received a TdaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster) vaccination or they will not be allowed to attend classes. Every year, hundreds of Richmond students are kept out of school because they haven’t been vaccinated.

During the LEVEL UP CHALLENGE, Richmond City Health District will provide FREE TdaP vaccinations for fifth graders at Richmond Public Schools. Schools and students who participate, will have a chance to win prizes!





U.S. Surgeon General urged more Americans to carry Naloxone

On April 5, 2018, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., urged more Americans to carry Naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Richmond City Health District, with the help of Richmond City MRC provides REVIVE! training and free Naloxone at the Health District and to community groups and events. Call 804-205-3730 to find out the schedule, or to arrange for us to come to your group meeting or agency.  See the link below for the full story:

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.  For more information, please visit:

April is National Minority Health Month

April is a time to learn more about the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S. The theme for 2018 is Partnering for Health Equity which highlights partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels that help reduce disparities in health and health care. This year, the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will celebrate impactful public and private sector collaborations that advance health equity and help improve the health of the nation. For more information, visit .


Be Healthy RVA

BeHealthyRVA is a user-friendly, web-based data repository of population health data, evidence-based practices, and information about health resources and activities in the Greater Metro Richmond and Northern Neck regions.

We invite grant writers, community leaders, public officials, employers, educators, and health care providers to use the site as a tool for grant writing, community assessment, strategic planning, and identifying best practices for improvement, collaboration and advocacy. It is our hope that through this tool we can align community health resources, set goals, and track the progress of the fantastic work occurring within our community. Visit

Click here for information on Health Fairs, Outreach and Speaker Request Form,  STI Evening Screening Clinic, Food Safety Training, WIC, Tobacco Free Schools, My Meal Detective and Refugee Program.