Richmond City Health District


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.


June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

About 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know they have it. People with HIV need to get a diagnosis as soon as possible so they can get treatment. Taking HIV medicine as prescribed can keep them healthy and protect their partners. According to a recent report, nearly 40% of new HIV transmissions in 2016 came from people who didn’t know they had HIV.

https://www.cdc.gov/features/hivtesting/index.html

RCHD celebrates National HIV Awareness this week                        

National HIV Testing Day is June 27th, and this week the Richmond City Health District and community partners are conducting various activities to raise awareness to encourage testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

On June 27th, the Richmond Health District is conducting a special FREE HIV testing clinic at 400 E. Cary Street from 8 AM to 4 PM.

On June 28th, the RCHD clinic will operate it’s regular morning STI clinic with registration 7:30 – 10:30 AM, and close at 11 AM. Then, the big finale event for our HIV testing week activities kick off at 6 PM, offering FREE testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Walk in anytime from 6-10 PM, first come, first served.

Activities include a raffle for movie tickets to Bow Tie Movieland and FREE Narcan kit dispensing (opioid overdose prevention medication).

For more information about the Friday, June 28th HIV Testing Event, visit the DoingITRVA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/840085576349745/.


Opioid Crisis

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 relieversheroin, 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.

More Opioid  Information

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.


Current Highlights

 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be migrating to a new data system, Environmental Health Database (EHD), starting June 20, 2019.  For about 7 to 10 days, some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of our database will be interrupted.  These services include, but are not limited to, the printing of approval letters and permits, accepting and processing of onsite sewage system operation and maintenance (O&M) reports, responding to requests for data abstraction or publishing of reports, and/or other general inquiries.  While VDH will work to minimize any interruption in services during and after this data transition period, we thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

 

June is Healthy Homes Month

This year's theme, Growing Up Safe and Healthy: 5 Minutes to a Healthy Home 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. National Healthy Homes Month aims to:

  1. Raise awareness of the importance of Home Assessments and the impact on health.
  2. Educate the public about free local resources available.
  3. Encourage implementation of local activities and events in targeted communities. 

Follow us on social media for regular updates and healthy homes tips.

 

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. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. Visit https://www.menshealthmonth.org/ for more information and follow us on social media for regular updates.

 

 

 

 

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.

Be Ready

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.

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.