What is the Healthy Homes Initiative?
The Richmond City Health District’s Lead-Safe & Healthy Homes Initiative (LSHHI) takes a holistic approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies. We empower citizens and the Richmond community through education and intervention to properly maintain a healthy and safe home.
Community Partner Coalition
The goal of the LSHHI, along with our many community partners, is to address home-based factors that can result in injury or illness and/or exacerbate or prolong existing health problems. We help provide residents with an understanding of the cause and effect linkage of housing related conditions to health outcomes and provide recommendations for prevention, remediation, and referrals for intervention.
Childhood Lead Poisoning
Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a life-time. Lead-Safe Richmond
Zika Virus Prevention Tips
The summer is here, which means pests are here too! It is important to take necessary precautions to protect your home and your health from pests, like mosquitos. Check out these tips to protect you from the Zika virus infe
- Eliminate standing water from containers in yards (including bird baths, flower pots, buckets, etc.) to stop mosquitoes from breeding.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks
- Stay indoors in air-conditioning and screen windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside
- Use insect repellent or permethrin-treated clothing
Look for places in your yard where water collects and empty them to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in stagnant water.
Phone: 804-205-3500 ext. 7