RHHD Blog: Well Read



Welcome, Shaleetta Drawbaugh! 

“Health equity work is at my core”: Welcome, Shaleetta Drawbaugh! On April 18, RHHD welcomed Shaleetta Drawbaugh as the new Health Equity Fund Program Officer. The Health Equity Fund (HEF) invests in organizations working to eradicate health disparities throughout our city. Shaleetta has called Richmond home for a long time. She grew up in Southeast Virginia—attending 11... Continue reading

RHHD hits the pavement for Richmond’s biggest block party 

Louise Lockett Gordon’s 2024 YMCA 10K Training Team! Saturday, April 20, marks the 25th annual running of the Sports Backers’ [http://ukrop’s%20monument%20avenue%2010k/]Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, one of the largest and most popular 10K runs in the United States. RHHD Epidemiologist Supervisor Louise Lockett Gordon has been coaching with Sports Backers’ YMCA 10K Training Team at the... Continue reading

Check out a book, and then check your blood pressure: Health at the library

The 2024 County Health Rankings report opens with a thought-provoking finding: “The healthiest counties, where people live long and well, have well-resourced civic infrastructure, including a more accessible information environment (local news outlets, broadband access, and public libraries), compared to counties among the least healthy.” Resources like Richmond Public Library (RPL) and Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) are hubs for education and entertainment.... Continue reading

Defend yourself against mpox 

Basketball statisticians know that paying attention to the numbers can help teams spot threats and adjust their defensive strategy. Along those lines, the Virginia Department of Health has observed an increasing number of mpox cases in 2024. In the first three months of 2024, the number of cases across the commonwealth have already surpassed the number of... Continue reading

Public Health and March Madness 

The NCAA’s Final Four weekend is here, which means Richmonders get to partake in some of our favorite things: meeting up with friends at local bars and restaurants to watch excellent basketball and reminiscing about VCU’s own Final Four run in 2011. RHHD Environmental Health Specialist Ed Nixon has a lot of experience with both.... Continue reading

It’s Public Health Week!

It’s National Public Health Week, and RHHD is ready to celebrate! Every day, we’re spotlighting staff who show up across Richmond and Henrico to make our communities healthier, more equitable places to live.  Now’s a great time to make sure you’re following us on social media so that you don’t miss any of the faces or... Continue reading

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“If you can breathe, you can get TB”: RHHD takes on tuberculosis 

Sunday, March 24, is World TB Day. On World TB Day, public health workers commit to educating our communities about tuberculosis, an airborne bacterial infection that can lead to serious disease and death if it goes untreated. At RHHD, we have a TB team committed to education and care! The team includes Public Health Nurses Rosalie Bieda and Kenneth Brown and Outreach... Continue reading

Thank a social worker today! 

March has been officially recognized as National Social Work Month by the White House. In March, we celebrate the valuable skills social workers bring to our communities, and we consider the social challenges—things like increasing mental health needs and substance use—that make our social workers more vital than ever. Margo Webb, RHHD’s Director of Community Programs, is a social... Continue reading