Quick Links and Important Resources
Free CME and CE Training Opportunities Available for Health Care Professionals
Free CME and CE courses on public health for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals discuss topics such as nutrition, child health, prevention and health promotion. Visit the training opportunities page to learn more.
Grilling Safety Month
Outdoor grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food during the summer. As you and your family cook outdoors, its' important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent foodborne illnesses. For more information and tips for safe grilling:
Virginia Health Information
Healthy & Safe Swimming
Warm weather and sunny days are here! Public pools, lakes, rivers and beaches around Virginia are open for swimming fun this summer. This is an ideal time to maximize the health benefits of recreational water activities by promoting healthy and safe swimming. VDH encourages those using and maintaining swimming pools and water parks, and those heading to their favorite beach, lake or river to focus on taking simple steps to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone.
Vibrio, a group of bacteria that are naturally found in saltwater and brackish (somewhat salty) waters, can cause a potentially serious intestinal illness called vibriosis. The bacteria can also cause wound infections. To prevent Vibrio wound infections, it is important to avoid exposing open wounds or cuts to saltwater or brackish water. If exposed, wash the affected area right away with soap and clean water. If the wound shows signs of an infection, visit a health care provider right away. Learn how to prevent waterborne illnesses and swimming-related injuries.
Stay Safe and Healthy This Summer
The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Heat stress ranges from milder conditions like heat rash and heat cramps to the most common, heat exhaustion. The most serious heat-related illness is heat stroke. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy. Here are some tips to help make your summer the best and healthiest one yet.
Image courtesy of VDEM, Damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011
Hurricanes are destructive and dangerous. Not only do strong winds cause severe damage but after a storm there may be flooding, downed power lines, damage from mold and other health risks. Even if there is no risk of a hurricane, right now it is the perfect time to prepare. Don’t delay.
VDH Would Like Your Help
VDH is working collaboratively with public and private partners to develop a population health plan – better referred to as a plan for well-being - for Virginia. This plan will provide the organizational framework to work towards improving the health of all Virginians. If you would like to give input, please complete this survey.