RHHD Encourages Richmond and Henrico Residents to Complete the 2024 Community Health Assessment Survey

RICHMOND, VA – The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts encourage residents to complete the 2024 Community Health Assessment. A Community Health Assessment (CHA) is an anonymous survey that can be completed online or on paper that tries to answer big questions: What’s helping our neighborhoods stay healthy and well? Which communities need more resources to solve harder problems? A CHA shows community leaders and officials what health and social issues matter most to community members.

“The CHA will support our continued efforts towards improving the overall health and quality of life of Richmond and Henrico residents,” said Jasmine Carmichael, RHHD health equity specialist. “We can only make these improvements when we hear directly from residents who will be impacted.”

Richmond and Henrico residents can fill out the CHA in English or Spanish until July 31 either online at rhhd.gov/2024-CHA or by visiting one of the following locations and using a paper form:

RHHD Henrico East Clinic
1400 N. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23223

RHHD Henrico West Clinic
8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico, VA 23228

RHHD Cary Street Clinic
400 E. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23219

RHHD Resource Centers
Whitcomb, Creighton, Fairfield, Gilpin, Hillside, Mosby, Southwood

Paper copies of the CHA will also be available at a variety of community events throughout the summer. CHA responses are anonymous and no personally identifiable information will be collected. Residents who need help completing the survey or have questions are encouraged to contact RHHD Health Equity Specialist Jasmine Carmichael at Jasmine.Carmichael@vdh.virginia.gov.

Community members and stakeholders can follow the progress of the CHA by signing up for RHHD’s weekly newsletter.

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RHHD Observes Asthma Awareness Month

RICHMOND, VA — The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) observe Asthma Awareness Month in May and encourage residents to connect with a physician for diagnosis and care if they or their children are experiencing the symptoms of asthma, including chest tightness or pain, wheezing when exhaling, and/or trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing. These symptoms may be worsened by a cold or the flu. The American Lung Association emphasizes the connection between asthma and climate change:

Climate change is causing extreme heat, contributing to poor air quality, increased allergens, extreme weather events, and more frequent and intense wildfires. Hot, humid air can cause asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Heat can trigger asthma symptoms because high temperatures and humidity can trap pollutants that can irritate the airways. Humidity helps common asthma triggers, like dust mites and mold to thrive. Air pollution, ozone, and pollen also increase when the weather is hot and humid.

American Lung Association

“We know that where a person lives can greatly impact their health,” said Becca Bruhl, RHHD Children’s Health Advisor. “Unfortunately, Richmond is one of the most challenging cities in the US to live in when you have asthma, according to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. At RHHD, we’re working together with local school and health systems to implement asthma education and intervention programs, advance policies and improvements to improve indoor and outdoor air quality and improve access to primary and specialty care to help people with asthma get the treatment and support they need to thrive.”

“Local governments have a lot of tools at their disposal to protect residents from extreme heat and improve local air quality at the same time,” said Peter Braun, RHHD Built Environment Policy Analyst. “Investing in tree planting, growing parks and greenspaces, and prioritizing active transportation have significant public health benefits.”

RHHD encourages residents experiencing the symptoms of asthma to reach out to a primary care or other physician to receive diagnosis and treatment. Residents can get help connecting to a primary care physician, regardless of insurance status, by visiting rhhd.gov/connect-pc. RHHD encourages residents with school-aged children to use the month of May to make sure their child’s asthma action plan is in place for the coming school year. Parents can find more information at RHHD’s school health hub, rhhd.gov/school-health-hub.

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities. Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs.

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RHHD Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6 – 12 and VDH Central Region Nurse of the Year, Nicole McCurrach

RICHMOND, VA — The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) celebrate National Nurses Week May 6 – 12. National Nurses Week gives staff and residents the opportunity to recognize nurses for their service and dedication to caring for others.

RHHD’s own Nicole McCurrach has been named Virginia Department (VDH) of Health Central Region Nurse of the Year, making her a candidate for VDH Nurse of the Year for the entire commonwealth. Nicole is a dedicated and experienced public health nurse with a diverse work history in various healthcare settings including the Newborn Nursery in a hospital setting, child/adolescent mental health unit, home healthcare delivery, and public health nursing. Nicole was integral in RHHD’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, administering vaccines to the community and providing educational presentations about the importance of vaccination. Since then, Nicole has been instrumental in RHHD public health clinics and rabies response work.

“Nicole embodies a passionate, spirited public health nurse who is focused on serving our community, no matter what the work entails,” says Amy Popovich, RHHD  Community Health Nurse Manager. “She is dedicated, hard-working, and quality-driven. She makes clients feel comfortable and addresses their needs while making sure they receive accurate and timely medical information. We are thankful to have Nicole on our team!”

RHHD Nurses will participate in celebratory breakfasts and lunches throughout the week. For more information on how RHHD is celebrating National Nurses Week, look for daily updates on social media and on Well Read, the RHHD blog, at rhhd.gov/blog.

 

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities. Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs.

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RHHD Celebrates National Public Health Week April 1 – 7 

RICHMOND, VA — The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) celebrate National Public Health Week April 1 – 7. National Public Health Week gives staff and residents the opportunity to reflect on the life-saving and enriching work that public health professionals do to serve Richmond and Henrico residents and help them thrive. 

“The heart of public health is our public health workforce,” says RHHD Director Dr. Elaine Perry. “It’s wonderful to take time each year to recognize the amazing work they do to support our communities. This is a week for celebration and gratitude.”  

RHHD has accomplished the following in service of its mission to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs: 

  • Collaborated with Richmond Public Schools and Henrico County Public Schools nurses to distribute of 945 doses of school-required immunizations for 714 middle and high school aged children at 27 in-school events, spring 2024 to date. 
  • Announced, through the Richmond and Henrico Public Health Foundation, $351,000 in new funding on Jan. 22, 2024, for community partners addressing social determinants of health including substance use disorder, maternal child health, and mental and behavioral health. 
  • Provided Community Health Workers at 409 local Outreach and Community Events in 2023. 
  • Completed 5018 food service inspections throughout Richmond and Henrico in 2023. 
  • Completed 73 Healthy Homes Assessments and 119 Healthy Homes phone education and consultations in 2023. 
  • Distributed 1240 boxes of Narcan (each containing two doses of the opioid overdose reversal medication) at community events and encounters and 43 boxes at Resource Centers in 2023.
     

For more information on how RHHD is celebrating National Public Health Week, look for daily updates on social media and on Well Read, the RHHD blog, at rhhd.gov/blog. 

 

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities. Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs. 

rhhd.gov | henrico.us/health | RCHD Facebook | HCHD Facebook | IG: @richmondcity_hd 

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RHHD Celebrates Successful Spring School-Required Immunizations Campaign 

RICHMOND, VA — The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) celebrate distribution of 945 doses of school-required immunizations for 714 middle and high school aged children at 27 events in Richmond and Henrico public schools. RHHD began its Spring 2024 immunizations effort in February and will support more events into the late spring and summer. Students received vaccinations for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) and Meningitis (MenACWY). RHHD nurses coordinated with and provided support to Richmond and Henrico public school nursing staff for these in-school events. 

“We’ve really hit the ground running this spring,” said Ashley Lancaster, RHHD Public Health Nurse Supervisor. “We’ve gotten an earlier start this year, which means more students will be ready for the 2024-2025 school year on day one. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with RPS and HCPS school nurses and school administration, ensuring that students receive these important vaccines.” 

“RPS is excited to get every family ready for the first day of school, and to expand our wraparound support as a means to eliminate barriers,” said RPS Chief Wellness Officer, Renesha Parks. “We’re grateful for the RHHD’s partnership in making this happen and all of the RPS nurses and support staff who remain committed to student health and wellness.”  

“This jump-start on immunizations is a game-changer for many of our students,” said Dr. Amy Cashwell, HCPS Superintendent. “It not only addresses student health needs but also helps reduce absenteeism by ensuring students aren’t delayed in enrolling or attending school because of missing vaccinations. 

In addition to receiving immunizations at in-school events, families without insurance or who are enrolled in Medicaid can schedule appointments at an RHHD clinic by calling (804) 205-3501 and can find more information at rhhd.gov/childhoodvax. The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides free vaccines for uninsured, underinsured, and Medicaid-enrolled children. Families can search for a nearby VFC provider using this tool rhhd.gov/vfc.

Families with private insurance may schedule appointments with their primary care physician, a local pharmacy, or one of RHHD’s community partners and can learn more by visiting rhhd.gov/childhoodvax-partners. 

 

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities.
Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs.
 

rhhd.gov | henrico.us/health | RCHD Facebook | HCHD Facebook | IG: @richmondcity_hd 

Richmond Public Schools’ Health Services Department provides student-centered wellness in an effort to keep students in school
and ready to learn. Medical supervision and services are provided with daily assessments and management of student health needs.
 

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Henrico County Public Schools, an innovative leader in educational excellence, will actively engage our students in diverse
educational, social and civic learning experiences that inspire and empower them to become contributing citizens.
 

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RHHD & RPS Collaborate to Provide In-School Immunization Clinics

RICHMOND, VA — The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) and Richmond Public Schools (RPS) are partnering to offer in-school immunization clinics in February and March. RPS families are encouraged to sign the RPS-provided consent form and have their 6th and 11th graders receive their school-required immunizations ahead of the traditional Back-to-School season. 

“Now is a great time for all 6th and 11th graders to receive their required immunizations for the next school year,” said RHHD Nurse Manager, Amy Popovich. “In-school clinics provide a convenient way for families to stay up to date on these safe and effective vaccines, making sure their child is ready to start the next school year strong.” 

“Our vaccination program is a vital part of our Wellness and health efforts at RPS, said Chief Wellness Officer, Renesha Parks. “Partnering with RHHD means that families and students can take care of a critical step in the enrollment process without needing to leave the school building. We’re committed to lowering barriers facing our students and grateful to everyone who makes this possible.”  

Current 6th and 11th graders at the following schools are invited to attend on-site immunization clinics. These events are for the students at each school only. See below for additional immunization appointment options. 

Wednesday, Feb. 21 

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Lucille Brown Middle School 

 

Thursday, March 7 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Open High School 

Tuesday, March 19 

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Thomas C. Boushall Middle School 

 

Tuesday, Feb 27 

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Franklin Military Academy 

 

Tuesday, March 12 

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. 

Albert Hill Middle School 

 

Thursday, March 21 

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Thomas Jefferson High School 

 

Thursday, Feb. 29 

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Armstrong High School 

 

Thursday, March 14 

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Richmond Alternative School 

 

Tuesday, March 26 

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Richmond Community High School 

 

Wednesday, March 6 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

River City Middle School 

 

Thursday, March 14 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Dogwood Middle School 

 

 

The following immunizations for 6th graders will be provided at these events:  

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap)
    Booster dose required after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry.
     
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY)
    The first dose shall be administered after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry. 

The following immunizations for 11th graders will be provided at these events: 

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY) Effective July 1, 2021
    Two properly spaced doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). The first dose shall be administered after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry. The second dose shall be administered prior to entry to the twelfth grade. One dose is required for 12th -grade entry if the first dose is received at or after 16 years of age. 

Also required but not provided at these events: 

  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV), Effective July 1, 2021
    Two properly spaced doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (for males and females). The first dose shall be administered after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry. Parents may opt-out of this vaccine after they have received information from RPS and are encouraged to speak with their child’s pediatrician to make an informed decision. Students are not excluded for HPV non-compliance. 

 

Immunization Appointment Opportunities for Families Whose Children Cannot Attend an In-School Event 

Families without insurance or who are enrolled in Medicaid can schedule appointments at an RHHD clinic by calling (804) 205-3501 and can find more information at rhhd.gov/childhoodvax. The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides free vaccines for uninsured, underinsured, and Medicaid-enrolled children. Families can search for a nearby VFC provider using this tool rhhd.gov/vfc.

Families with private insurance may schedule appointments with their primary care physician, a local pharmacy, or one of RHHD’s community partners and can learn more by visiting rhhd.gov/childhoodvax-partners. 

 

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities. Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs. 

rhhd.gov | henrico.us/health | RCHD Facebook | HCHD Facebook | IG: @richmondcity_hd  

Richmond Public Schools’ Health Services Department provides student-centered wellness in an effort to keep students in school and ready to learn. Medical supervision and services are provided with daily assessments and management of student health needs. 

rvaschools.net | Facebook: RVASchools | IG: @rvaschools 

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RHHD Commemorates National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 7 

RICHMOND, VA —Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7 by encouraging Black Richmond and Henrico residents to get tested and seek treatment. This day also creates the opportunity for healthcare providers and policy makers to reflect on the ways racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the health care system may affect those seeking and receiving HIV prevention and treatment services. 

This year’s NBHAAD theme is “Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities.” This theme focuses on amplifying the dialogue around HIV/AIDS, improving education, and highlighting success stories and strategies. RHHD, along with community partners, offers services that include pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication that can reduce a person’s chance of contracting HIV after an exposure.  

“RHHD is committed to expanding access to HIV testing and PrEP for our Black residents,” said Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Cassie Beamon. “We hope that National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will encourage more community members, especially Black women, to seek the care they need.” 

In 2021, 40% of all people living with HIV in the U.S were Black. But Black Americans only made up 14% of the population taking PrEP. Beamon sees a similar discrepancy in populations taking PrEP locally. In Richmond, proximity to resources like clinics and pharmacies, as well as insurance status, are still shaped by histories of redlining and segregation.   

For more information about RHHD clinical services and to schedule an appointment, call (804) 205-3501 or visit rhhd.gov/VA-HIV-testing. The following RHHD community partners also offer STI testing services: Nationz Foundation (804) 716-7597, Minority Health Consortium (804) 225-0820, and Health Brigade (804) 358-6343 ext. 2145. Residents can find a testing site at the following link: CDC testing site locator. 

 

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities. Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs. 

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RHHD Encourages Pregnant People and Those Over 60 to Schedule Appointments to Receive the RSV Vaccine

RICHMOND, VA —The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) encourage pregnant people and those 60 and older to talk with their health care provider about scheduling an appointment to receive ABRYSVO, an injectable vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) that can prevent associated lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD).

ABRYSVO is approved for use at 32 through 36 weeks gestational age of pregnancy and can prevent LRTD and severe LRTD caused by RSV in infants from birth through 6 months of age. The FDA has also approved ABRYSVO for the prevention of LRTD caused by RSV in individuals 60 years of age and older under a shared clinical decision-making model. Individuals who are pregnant or who are over 60 should talk with their doctor before scheduling a vaccination appointment.

“These vaccines not only help the most vulnerable to stay protected, but they also benefit all of us by reducing demand on our hospital and healthcare resources,” said RHHD Nurse Supervisor, Joanna Cirillo. “If a pregnant person gets vaccinated, their infant will be protected from RSV.”

RSV is a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory infections in individuals of all age groups. People who are at increased risk include very young infants, premature babies, young children with lung or heart diseases, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than one year of age in the United States. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.

Residents can visit https://www.abrysvo.com/find-a-vaccine to search for current vaccine appointment availability at pharmacies and health care providers. The vaccine will be available for insured and uninsured persons at RHHD Cary St. and Henrico East clinics starting in January and for the duration of the winter months. Residents can call 804-205-3501 set up an appointment at an RHHD clinic.  

Thursdays, starting Jan. 4 RHHD, Cary Street Clinic 400 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23219 

Tuesdays, starting Jan. 9 RHHD, Henrico East Clinic 1400 N. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23223 

 Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities. Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs.

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RHHD Joins with Health Brigade to Offer Free Vaccinations at Needle Exchange Sites 

NOVEMBER 16, 2023  The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) collaborates with community partner Health Brigade to deliver free vaccination clinics during needle exchange events.

Health Brigade offers evidence-based comprehensive harm reduction services that help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C among persons that inject drugs, their families, and the larger community. RHHD partners with Health Brigade to offer monthly COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics at  needle exchange locations.

Our partnership with RHHD provides COVID-19 and flu vaccines to areas of Richmond and a population that otherwise would not have access,” said Health Brigade Comprehensive Harm Reduction Program Co-Coordinators Dziko Singleton and Colin King in a joint statement. We think it is important to provide these vaccines in a community outreach setting and look forward to our continued the partnership with RHHD.”

Health Brigade has been a wonderful partner in helping us to work towards the RHHD vision of making sure healthcare services are accessible to all,” said RHHD Nurse Supervisor Joanna Cirillo. In addition to the COVID-19 and flu vaccines, we can educate clients about other vaccinations they might be eligible for.”  

RHHD encourages residents to visit vaccines.gov, where they can search for nearby COVID-19 and flu vaccination appointments. Residents should bring their insurance card and ID to their appointment. RHHD offers immunization clinics at its Henrico East, Henrico West, and Cary Street locations. Spanish bilingual staff are available at each location. Residents can schedule appointments at an RHHD site by calling (804) 205-3501 and can find more information at rhhd.gov/flu and rhhd.gov/covid-vax. 

 

Cary Street Clinic 400 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23219 

Henrico East Clinic 1400 N. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23223 

Henrico West Clinic 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. Henrico, VA 23228 

 

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities.
Our mission 
is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs.
 

 

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RHHD Encourages Residents to Schedule an Appointment to Receive the 2023-2024 Flu Immunization  

October 12, 2023 — The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) encourage residents to prepare for flu season by scheduling an immunization appointment with their physician, a local pharmacy, or at an RHHD clinic or event.  

“Getting your flu shot is a great way to protect yourself and the community,” said Sarah Widmer, RHHD Nurse Manager. “We encourage Richmond and Henrico Residents to come out to our event on October 23 or make an appointment with their doctor, their local pharmacy or with our Immunization Clinic.” 

RHHD will host a walk-up flu immunization event at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center (1440 N Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23223) Monday, Oct 23 from 9 – 11 a.m. The flu shot will be available to insured, underinsured, and uninsured residents free of charge at the event. 

Monday, Oct 23
9 – 11 a.m. 

Walk-up Flu Immunization Event
No appointment needed 

Eastern Henrico Rec Center
1440 N Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23223 

RHHD also encourages residents to visit vaccines.gov, where they can search for nearby vaccination appointments. Residents should bring their insurance card to their appointment. RHHD offers immunization clinics at its Henrico East, Henrico West, and Cary Street locations. Spanish bilingual staff are available at each location. Residents can schedule appointments at an RHHD site by calling (804) 205-3501 and can find more information at rhhd.gov/flu. 

 

Henrico East Clinic
1400 N. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23223 
Henrico West Clinic
8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico, VA 23228 
Cary Street Clinic
400 E. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23219
 

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are sister public health agencies serving our connected communities. Our mission is to protect health, champion equity, and partner to address local needs. 

rhhd.gov | henrico.us/health | RCHD Facebook | HCHD Facebook | IG: @richmondcity_hd 

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