Community Health Needs Assessment
The Richmond City Health District along with local health systems and neighboring public health departments are working together to conduct a COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT (CHNA).
Collecting feedback and views from a variety of people will help us understand how to meet the needs of the community and direct resources to help every resident be their healthiest.
TAKE THE CHNA SURVEY AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
(Survey participation is anonymous and compiled results will be shared with the public.)
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
TRAINING RESIDENTS TO BECOME RESCUERS
Persons who complete the REVIVE training are given knowledge and resources needed to save a family member or friend who has overdosed on opioids. REVIVE! is helping people learn how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose emergencies by administering naloxone.
FREE FLU SHOTS
Richmond City Health District is offering FREE flu shots while supplies last. We are accepting walk-ins for infants > 6 months, children, and adults at our Cary street clinic (401 E. Main Street) between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday -Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Minors will need to have a guardian/parent to provide consent.
Our Resource Centers will take walk-ins for adults only (sorry kids) during clinic hours at the following Resource Centers: Monday: Creighton; Tuesday: Gilpin; Wednesday: Mosby and Thursday: Southwood. Visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/resource-centers/ for hours and location.
Kick the Habit for American Heart Month
So you’ve decided to quit smoking. Great! It’s one of the best things you can do to improve your health and add years to your life. It’s not easy — but you can do it. You’re more likely to quit for good if you prepare for your last cigarette and the cravings, urges and feelings that come with quitting. Learn more at https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking-tobacco.
Almost no one quits smoking the first time they try. Without support, it can feel impossible. But you don’t have to do it alone, and you can still quit for good no matter how many times you’ve tried. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW to find out more, or visit quitnow.net/Virginia for free, confidential support. Also, visit a "Guide to Quitting Nicotine Products and Tobacco."
The Tips From Former Smokers® campaign features real people with compelling stories of their suffering as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
February is American Heart Month
Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.
Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking). Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.html.