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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.

Virginia Health Information
'Virginia Health Information' is a resource for patients and consumers looking to learn about and compare options on everything from obstetrical services, to heart care, to pricing information on commonly performed medical procedures. Virginians can use VHI information to make informed health care purchasing decisions and as the basis for an informed conversation with their health care providers. Learn more>>

National EMS Week

EMS Week in Virginia, May 17–23, honors EMS responders’ commitment to providing lifesaving services. EMS for Children Day, May 20, focuses on raising awareness of specialized care for pediatric patients. Last year, EMS providers responded to just over 1.3 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 3,679 incidents per day.

Many EMS agencies across the state will host community activities, including first aid classes, health and safety fairs, open houses, fundraising dinners and more.  These family-friendly events welcome everyone to come out and get to know the first responders in their neighborhoods.

To learn more about National EMS Week, visit To learn more about the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of EMS, visit

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Healthy & Safe Swimming Week

Warm weather and sunny days are here! Public pools, spas, and beaches around Virginia are opening 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. The week before Memorial Day (May 18-24) has been designated as Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.  VDH urges those using and maintaining swimming pools, spas, water parks, and beachgoers to focus on simple steps that can be taken to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Learn how to prevent waterborne illnesses and swimming-related injuries.

Well-BeingVDH 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.

3 facts you should know about hepatitis c

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

About 20,000 Americans die from hepatitis each year. Hepatitis A, B and C are the most common types of Hepatitis in the U.S. People with hepatitis can live for years without feeling sick. Finding it early and getting treated is important. Take the quiz to determine your risk. You can also talk to Disease Prevention Hotline staff at 1-800-533-4148 or by email. Learn more.

Last Updated: 05-22-2015

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