June 1, 2022- In 2009, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) opened its Resource Center in Fairfield Court. Today, RHHD celebrates its eight Resource Centers located in all of Richmond’s public housing communities, Broad Rock Community Center, and Southwood Apartments.
Resource Centers are satellite health clinics with a variety of clinical services including cancer screenings, chronic disease screening and management, STI testing and treatment, and more. The Resource Centers are staffed with Community Health Workers (CHWs), who are peer health educators, counselors, and advocates.
“Over the past thirteen years, the Resource Centers have developed strong roots in their communities,” says Amy Popovich, Nurse Manager for RHHD and founder of the program. “I’m so grateful to the community for helping us build this resource. Whether that’s visiting and utilizing the Resource Centers, sharing which services are most valuable, volunteering at the centers and even serving as Community Health Workers… it’s been a collaborative effort and we’re so thankful to the communities for partnering with us.”
“I’ve loved being a part of Mosby Resource Center and connecting with people who live here,” explains Alante Cannon, Community Health Worker. “I’ve been able to have real relationships with residents here… it’s been great for all of us to experience growth together.”
The Resource Centers are celebrating their anniversaries with community block parties this summer that feature connections to community resources, COVID-19 prevention services, food, music, and festivities. Many of the Resource Centers are opening their doors with services following a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone interested in making an appointment or getting connected to a resource center can visit rhhd.gov/rc or call 804-205-3501.