Richmond City Health District

Current Highlights

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). 


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!





U.S. Surgeon General urged more Americans to carry Naloxone

On April 5, 2018, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., urged more Americans to carry Naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Richmond City Health District, with the help of Richmond City MRC provides REVIVE! training and free Naloxone at the Health District and to community groups and events. Call 804-205-3730 to find out the schedule, or to arrange for us to come to your group meeting or agency.  See the link below for the full story:

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.  About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.

Stroke is preventable. You may be able to prevent stroke or lower your chances of having a stroke.

Stroke is treatable. Learn the signs of stroke, and call 9-1-1 right away if you think someone might be having a stroke. Getting fast treatment is important to preventing death and disability from stroke.

Click here to Get more quick facts about stroke.


May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is excited to keep the journey from #0to60 going by encouraging everyone to #MoveInMay.

This May, stay motivated with the President's Council's Presidential Champions and Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) programs! Each program allows you to track your daily physical activity and earn awards.

There are countless ways to get moving and we are asking our partners to help us inspire all Americans to be active. We’ve created this #MoveInMay Playbook where you can find themes, tips and motivational messages that you can promote throughout the month. You can also get ideas to #MoveInMay and every day at exit disclaimer icon!



May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, the Centers for Disease Control and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested. Contact us at 804-482-5500 or your primary care physician for questions surrounding vaccines. Also, come to RCHD's clinic for testing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays - sign-in 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

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.