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).
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June is Men's Health Month
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/features/healthymen/index.html to learn what men can do to stay healthy.
June is National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month, a month dedicated to improving security in our homes, workplaces, and communities. Safety can be improved in several ways at home, on the job, and on the go, from installing alarm systems to developing emergency plans. Visit https://nearsay.com/c/493531/216040/how-you-can-celebrate-national-safety-month to learn how you can celebrate National Safety Month.
June is National Healthy Homes Month
This year's theme, "Unlocking the Potential of America's Children: Check Your Home-Protect Your Family" focuses on the opportunity to protect current and future generations of children from the exposures to lead from contaminated paint, dust and soil; through the importance of home assessments and the impact it has on your health.
The aim of National Healthy Homes Month, is to: raise awareness of the importance of home assessments and their impact on health; educate the public about free, local resources available; and encourage implementation of local activities and events in target communities. Visit our Lead Safe and Healthy Homes website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/healthy-homes/ for more resources.
It's Mosquito Season: Fight The Bite...Prevent Mosquito Borne Disease
Zika and West Nile virus are viral diseases that spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. Reducing the numbers of mosquitoes around your home and in the community lowers the risk for mosquito borne illnesses. The most effective and environmentally sound method of reducing the mosquito population is to eliminate the places (stagnant water) where they breed. Richmond residents are encouraged to dump, treat or remove any container on their property that can hold water and allow mosquito larvae to grow.
Learn more about preventing Zika virus at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/zika/.
Don't get bugged by ticks; they carry disease. Visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/tick-borne-disease-prevention-and-control/ for more information.