Chronic Disease

Our Chronic Disease specialists work to reduce morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. They provide educational sessions, public information and outreach events.

At the Richmond City Health District, we are about prevention. Since only about 37% of Richmonders exercise on a regular basis, we are at great risk of developing “life-style” disease. High blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and even breast cancer can be related to too little activity and poor eating habits. You can significantly decrease your odds of developing these diseases if you become more physically active, eat properly and practice safe and preventive health habits. For information on chronic disease prevention activities click here to visit the Chronic Disease website or call (804) 482-5506.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The RCHD Emergency Preparedness Program develops plans and coordinates activities to ensure that the Richmond City Health District is prepared to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies. Our emergency preparedness coordinator works closely with city, state, and federal emergency planners to plan and implement responses to threats such as disease outbreaks or natural disasters. This includes a Pandemic Influenza Response Plan that provides training for RCHD personnel and volunteers to develop capacity for dispensing mass prophylaxis at city-wide and regional levels. call (804) 205-3753.

Environmental Health Division

Our professional inspectors regulate and inspect all city food establishments and vendors to ensure quality service and sanitation. Complaints and cases of food or waterborne illnesses are investigated to determine and eliminate causes. The Environmental Health staff provides training and certification for food handlers and establishments, issue temporary health permits, and inspects street vendors.

The Division is responsible for inspecting and regulating restaurants, hotels and motels, milk and dairy processing, swimming pools and marinas. Complaints such as rodent infestation, rabies, and toxic substances affecting the environment are also handled by the Environmental Health Division. Click here to visit the Environmental Health Division website. For more information, please call (804) 205-3912.


Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in a population. Public health epidemiologists monitor the health and illness of a population, investigate the factors that affect the community’s health, and recommend interventions to reduce the risk of disease. Epidemiology is practiced in health departments daily and involves principles of surveillance, investigation, laboratory testing, data management and communication. Please click here to visit the website or call 804-205-3752 for more information.

Health Promotion

The Health Promotion Division provides overall direction of departmental health promotion strategies. Health Promotion works with the community and develops programs and activities that promote and protect the health of Richmond citizens. Call 205-3735 for information.

Community Services – coordinates public relations and dissemination of promotional and health education materials to the public; manages media and emergency communications. Provides leadership for health promotion and social marketing strategies to all divisions within the Department. Develops programs, support materials and plans that enable achievement of overall health department goals and objectives.

Immunization Program

Through this program, the Health District seeks to insure that every child in Richmond is fully immunized against infectious diseases by the age of two. Immunizations that include required school shots, flu shots, tuberculosis and vaccination for other infectious diseases are provided for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, the immunization program engages in educational outreach efforts such as classes and health fairs in order to communicate the importance of immunizations. Call (804) 482-5500 for the immunization clinic schedule or 205-3754 for information about the Immunization Action Program.  Click here for the Immunization Schedule and helpful links.

Internship Program

The RCHD Internship Program seeks to prepare the next generation of public health professionals by giving students interested in public health opportunities to gain skills relevant to the field. RCHD interns will tackle projects relevant to public health in Richmond under the guidance of RCHD public health professionals. Energetic, motivated students interested in serving the Richmond community and learning more about public health are encouraged to apply. Please click here to learn more about the RCHD Internship program.

Lead Safe Richmond

The goal of the Lead Safe Richmond Program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the City of Richmond. Childhood lead poisoning is a completely preventable disease that may be caused by a number of sources in a child’s environment. However the most common source is chipping/peeling paint and lead contaminated dust (from lead-based paint) in houses built before 1978.

  • Wet clean floors and windowsills in the home regularly
  • Wash children’s hands and toys frequently
  • Be aware of chipping paint in the home. Use lead-safe practices to make sure painted surfaces are maintained or repaired. Improper paint repairs could create more hazardous lead poison conditions. Call the Health Department for advice.
  • Be aware of toys, jewelry, dishes, pottery, and foods that may contain lead.
  • Be aware of hobbies or jobs that may involve working with lead (stained glass making, pottery, painting/construction work).

Lead interferes with normal brain development and may cause reduced intelligence, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities in children. Children who have lead poisoning may not show any early signs or symptoms. Therefore, having your child tested is the only way to know for sure whether he/she is lead poisoned. Ask your child’s doctor to perform this simple test.
Research has shown that it may be possible for pregnant women to pass lead to their unborn fetus. Therefore, pregnant women should take certain precautions to protect themselves and their unborn child. This is especially important if they work in an industry that may expose them to lead or if they suspect that they were lead poisoned as a child. The Lead Safe Richmond Program provides lead education, screening, and free lead risk assessments/inspections for lead poisoned children. Please call (804) 205-3726 for information.

Lead Poison websites:

Richmond Family & Fatherhood Initiative

The Richmond Family & Fatherhood Initiative (RFFI) is dedicated to the mission of “Creating a Community Culture: connecting fathers to their families.” It is a city-wide initiative involving members of the Richmond community in efforts to encourage greater responsibility for fatherhood and to reduce unmarried births in the City of Richmond. The initiative focuses on teens, young adults, and men from different walks of life; connecting, equipping and empowering them with essentials for positive lifestyle choices leading to sexual responsibility, self-reliance, and family responsibility. The RFFI has been recognized nationally and in the Commonwealth as a model for community mobilization and engagement for connecting and reconnecting fathers with their children, and promoting safe, stable, two-parent families. Click here or Call (804) 482-8005 for information.

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Reproductive Health and Family Planning

The goal of our Family Planning Services is to promote reproductive health planning for all men and women. We provide education, birth control methods and folic acid to ensure that your baby is planned and healthy.  We also have family planning services for teen-agers in a teen friendly atmosphere. Our Teen Experienceprovides reproductive health services along with other health services in a clinical setting that’s just for teens – both males and females.  Teen Experience accepts walk-ins and appointments.

Our Prenatal or Maternity Services promote healthy pregnancy outcomes by providing quality prenatal care and education to our clients. Each client is assigned to an RN who serves as a resource to them throughout their pregnancy.  Centering Pregnancy is a new group care option that has proven through research studies to be effective in healthy pregnancy outcomes (fewer premature births and complications of pregnancy).  Our Centering Program has a new group starting each month. We promote breastfeeding and provide education on a broad range of topics to include injury prevention, SIDS, safe sleep for baby, prenatal vitamins with folic acid (vitamin B9), premature labor, and more.

We encourage women to seek prenatal care early in their pregnancy during the first 3 months.  We provide appointments to women without insurance and assist them to enroll in Medicaid, if eligible. For more information about reproductive health and family planning services or an appointment, call (804) 482-5500.

Resource Centers

The Resource Center model takes a community based and relationship approach to providing neighboring residents with health services and entry into the healthcare system. Resource Centers are located within Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority communities at Fairfield, Whitcomb, Creighton and Mosby and are open to residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. A variety of services include health screenings, checkups, health education, nutrition, parenting classes, budget management, and community resource information.

Resource Center locations and hours:

Broad Rock Community Center, 804-646-1478 (Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
4615 Ferguson Lane

Creighton Resource Center,804-371-0433 (Mondays, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.)
2150 Creighton Road

Fairfield Resource Center, 804-786-4099 (Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
2311 North 25th Street

Gilpin Community Center,804-786-1960 (Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
436 Calhoun St

Hillside Resource Center, 804-230-7740 (Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
1615 Glenfield Avenue

Mosby Resource Center,804-786-0204 (Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
1536 Coalter Street

Whitcomb Resource Center,804-786-0555 (Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
2106 Deforrest Street

Walk-ins accepted. Appointments preferred. Call the Resource Center near you for information.


Resource Mothers

Resource Mothers provides free mentoring and support services to first-time pregnant teens ages 19 and under through a curriculum based approach.
The program’s goals are:

  • To reduce infant mortality
  • To prevent low-weight births and repeat pregnancies
  • To encourage early and regular pre-natal care
  • To ensure on-schedule immunizations for infants by their 1st birthday
  • To delay second pregnancies

Resource Mothers can help you with all of the following, free of charge:

  • Access to early prenatal care
  • Learn about Medicaid, WIC and other community resources
  • Build strong parenting skills
  • Finish school, obtain GED, and assist with gaining skills to become more employable
  • Involve family and others in creating a stable, nurturing home for your child
  • Develop a plan for baby’s care while mother is at work or school
  • Get transportation to and from prenatal visits
  • Attend free classes such as car seat training and breastfeeding

Resource Mothers also accepts gently used or new baby items and clothes. For more information about Resource Mothers, please visit:  or contact Patricia Mills at (804)205-3677.
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STI/HIV Prevention Program

The Health Department provides free quality services to our clients to prevent the spread of STD’s and HIV/AIDS through education, testing, treatment counseling and partner referral services for persons infected. To obtain counseling and referrals for treatment, call (804) 482-5461.

The STI Clinic, located at 400 E. Cary Street, serves patients on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. STI Clinic registration for morning clinic is 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Afternoon clinic registration is 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please call (804) 482-5500 for more information.

For STI/HIV testing sites click here

Tuberculosis Program

The tuberculosis program strives to prevent, identify, and treat tuberculosis in both its latent and active forms in Richmond City and the surrounding areas. Patients are seen by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 8:00 a.m. and noon. Please call 804-482-5500 to schedule an appointment.

Vital Medical Records

The Vital Records Office records deaths and issues death certificates for deaths that occur within the boundaries of the City of Richmond. Cost for certificates is $12 per copy. Certificates for deaths that occur in other localities can be obtained at the Virginia Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics. Call (804) 205-3918 for more information. Get the form needed to request a death certificate and En Español.

The Vital Records Office also provides medical records, immunization cards and FOIA requests. Call (804) 205-3918 for more information.

Birth, Marriage, and Divorce certificates are available from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. Click here for information on obtaining a birth certificate from the State of Virginia.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Supplemental Food Program

WIC is a special supplemental food program for Women, Infants and Children. Participants receive nutrition education and are issued vouchers to buy specific foods that promote the health and growth of children.

Program services include:

  • Individual nutrition assessment
  • Up-to-date nutrition information
  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Vouchers for nutritious foods, such as milk, cheese, juice, cereal, eggs, peanut butter, dry beans, and supplemental infant formula
  • Information on community resources

For more information on the WIC program go to the WIC Federal Government site

Who is eligible for WIC?

Pregnant (6 months), Post Partum or Breastfeeding (up to 1 year)

Under one year of age (birth to 11 months)

Under five years of age – once child turns five years old, he/she is no longer eligible for the WIC program.

All applicants must qualify both financially and nutritionally.

What you need to bring to your appointment

  • Your child
  • Proof of income for the entire household (pay stubs, Medicaid card, food stamp letter)
  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, social security card)
  • Proof of residency (utility bill or other item with your name and street address)
  • WIC folder (recertification only)
  • Immunization record
  • Proof of pregnancy from a doctor
  • Proof of birth for children/infants

For more information on eligibility, please check our eligibility information section

How do I get an appointment?

  • Call your local Richmond City Health District WIC office:Southside Plaza WIC Office
    509 East Southside Plaza
    Phone: 804-205-9816
    Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Richmond City Health District WIC Office
    400 East Cary Street
    Phone: 804-482-5500
    Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Richmond Community Hospital WIC Office
    1510 North 28th Street, Room 208
    Phone: 804-786-3201
    Monday – Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WIC is an Equal Opportunity Program. If you believe that you have been discriminated against due to race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250

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Youth Violence Prevention Program

The Youth Violence Prevention Program at RCHD aims to develop a community-wide approach to preventing youth violence using the public health model of prevention and the collective impact approach to community organization. Our vision for this work is based upon the need for sustainable prevention in order to decrease the number of youth experiencing violence, and in turn, allowing them to thrive.  Click here for the Youth Violence Prevention Program page.

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