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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Richmond City Health District is getting Richmond kids ready with early vaccinations and physicals needed for school
The Richmond City Health District’s annual Back to School Event for Richmond residents only is Friday, August 24th, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Health District Clinic located at 400 East Cary Street. This event is first-come, first-served and no appointment is needed. Please eat and drink before arrival. Also, parents and guardians must be present with their children.
All vaccinations for daycare and school-entry will be available along with the required TDaP booster shot for rising 6th graders. Parents are reminded that 6th graders will not be allowed to attend class without documentation/proof showing that they have received a TDaP vaccination. Also, free physicals for school-entry and Head-Start will be provided in partnership with the VCU School of Nursing. No sports physicals are being provided this year.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
All adults should get recommended vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become ill and pass diseases on to others. Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed by a health care professional. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease).
Vaccines protect babies from 14 diseases by the time they reach 2 years of age. It is very important that babies receive all doses of each vaccine and receive each vaccination on time. After 6 months of age, CDC recommends children receive a yearly flu vaccine.
Vaccination is important because it protects the person getting the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems). Follow us on Facebook and Twitter in the month of August for daily facts on the importance of vaccinations.
Be Food Safe This Summer
Summer has begun, which means that many people in Virginia will be taking out their grills and spending more time outdoors. For tips on safe and enjoyable outdoor cooking all summer long, please visit: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/blog/2018/06/01/start-a-food-safe-summer-this-memorial-day/.
Summer Safety Tips
Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, be active and spend time with friends and family. As schools let out and summer approaches, it is important for us to remember to stay healthy and safe under the sun and in the water. This summer, take precautions to help keep your family safe from disease and germs. Please visit: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/summer-injury-and-illness-prevention/.
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.