Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments
Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments are separate entities that, beginning January 1, 2019, have a shared leadership team.
Henrico County Health Department
The Henrico County Health Department exists and acts to protect the health of communities within Henrico County. These communities include residents, visitors, newly arrived immigrants, pregnant women, infants, school children, and many more. Chances are you are a beneficiary of the health protective services of the Henrico County Health Department if you: eat in a restaurant or cafeteria; need an immunization; live in a house with a well or septic system; received nutritional supplements and counseling while pregnant; experience a foodborne or sexually transmitted illness; experience a death in your family.
The Henrico County Health Department may offer services not available at the Richmond City Health District.
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.
Visit the website for the Regional Opioid Taskforce: opioidsolutionsrva.com.
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.
September is National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." Follow us on social media for weekly themes related to saving for a disaster, making a plan for a disaster, teaching youth to prepare for a disaster and getting involved in your communities preparedness. Learn more at https://www.ready.gov/september.
September is National Food Safety Education Month
Learn how to be a food safety superhero! Take steps to help prevent food poisoning, and show others how to keep food safe.
Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food. Anyone can get sick from a foodborne illness (also called food poisoning). But some groups of people are more likely to get sick and to have a more serious illness. These groups are:
- Children younger than 5
- Adults aged 65 and older
- People with health problems or who take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness
- Pregnant women
Follow us on social media all month long as we share food safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
It's Hurricane Season
Hurricanes don’t only affect people living along the coast. They can still cause damage even if you live hundreds of miles from the shore. If you’re in an area where hurricanes are a risk, you need a plan.
CDC can help you make an emergency plan. Go to Make a Plan: Develop a Family Disaster Plan for help.
Even if there’s no risk of a hurricane right now, make sure you and your family are prepared.
- Stock up on emergency supplies for your home and car.
- Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them near every phone in your house or on the refrigerator. Program them into your cell phone, too.
- Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it. Read the National Fire Protection Association’s tips for using fire extinguishersExternal.
- Find out where the nearest shelter is and the different routes you can take to get there if you have to leave your home.
- Make sure that everyone in your family knows what the warning sirens in your area sound like — and what to do if they go off.
2019 Tick season is here
Tick season is here and that means it’s time once again for people to protect themselves and their loved ones (including pets) from tick bites. Last year, nearly 60,000 cases of tickborne disease were reported to CDC by state health departments and the District of Columbia. Though we can’t predict how bad any particular season will be, we know that reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tickborne infections.
For more information on Lyme Disease and tickborne illnesses, visit the new resource: https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/lyme-disease/index.html