Richmond City Health District

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).  


Current Highlights

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!






March is National Nutrition Month

"Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money. Click here to learn more about National Nutrition Month.

Centers for Disease Control Says "Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu

Don't let the flu keep you from having a healthy New Year. Visit here to "Take 3" actions to fight the flu.

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.