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RHHD ONE WEEK INTO ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE HEALTH EQUITY FUND

June 24, 2022- One week after the form to nominate community based projects to receive support from the Health Equity Fund (HEF) launched, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) has received fifty-one nominations. RHHD continues to encourage community members and organizations to nominate grassroots projects aimed at reducing health disparities in Richmond’s communities at rhhd.gov/hef through July 28, 2022.

In October 2021, Richmond City Council voted to establish a first-ever Health Equity Fund (HEF) in the City of Richmond through an initial investment of $5 million from federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. Earlier this month, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) announced that $230,000 in initial investments were granted to community organizations to address health disparities.

The short nomination form alerts RHHD to innovative, community-based projects aimed at reducing health disparities. After a project is nominated, RHHD reaches out to the main point of contact to gather more information about the project. The projects will then be reviewed by RHHD’s community advisory committee (CAC), which is a group of people who have relevant professional or personal experiences with health disparities. Selected projects then work with RHHD to develop work and funding plans.

Nominees should have capacity to engage in new projects or expand existing work to better promote health equity and racial justice and address health disparities in Richmond. The disparity areas of focus defined by the City Administration and City Council for the HEF include: COVID-19, mental health, substance use and recovery, maternal child health, food access and security, access to care and health education, and underlying conditions.

“It’s really exciting for us to see this process come to life and to see nominations roll in,” says Hannah Quigley, Food Access Specialist. “We’ve tried to be intentional in creating a simple funding process that centers racial equity and community voices in every step of the process… we’ve seen some great projects get nominated and are continuing to invite community members to help us learn about all the good work happening in our communities.”

RHHD will continue to notify the public of future rounds of nominations and funding, which will occur through 2024.

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RHHD EXPANDS COVID-19 CONTACT CENTER TO INCLUDE OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH TOPICS

June 16th, 2022- In 2020, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) launched the COVID-19 call center and hotline number 804-205-3501 to be a resource to individuals requesting information about COVID-19. The newly named RHHD contact center is expanding the topics staff are trained on to expand its services beyond COVID-19.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the […]

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RHHD ANNOUNCES INITIAL RECIPIENTS OF HEALTH EQUITY FUND

June 9, 2022- In October 2021, Richmond City Council voted to establish a first-ever Health Equity Fund (HEF) in the City of Richmond through an initial investment of $5 million from federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. Today, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are announcing that a total of $230,000 will be granted to […]

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RHHD CELEBRATES RESOURCE CENTERS’ THIRTEEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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, […]

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Richmond and Henrico enter into high COVID-19 level

RICHMOND AND HENRICO ENTER INTO HIGH CDC COVID-19 COMMUNITY LEVEL May 27, 2022- The CDC reported Richmond City and Henrico County as both having moved to the high COVID-19 community level. This comes two weeks after Henrico County and one week after Richmond City moved into medium levels. The CDC’s COVID-19 community level is a […]

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RHHD TO PAUSE CLINICAL SERVICES AT SOUTHWOOD RESOURCE CENTER

May 20, 2022- Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are pausing clinical services at Southwood Resource Center and are rescheduling patients due to some maintenance issues at the site. Services operating out of the Southwood Poolhouse (COVID-19 testing and vaccinations and community outreach) will continue as scheduled. RHHD called patients with appointments to reschedule them […]

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COVID-19 BOOSTERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR RICHMOND AND HENRICO CHILDREN AGES 5-11

May 20, 2022- Following the CDC and FDA approvals of Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for 5-11 year olds, vaccination opportunities for Richmond and Henrico children are becoming available. Children will be able to access appointments through pediatricians, pharmacies, and Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD). Parents are encouraged to visit vax.rchd.com, call 804-205-3501, or check […]

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RHHD AND RAA RECOMMEND OFFER HEAT SAFETY TIPS AHEAD OF HIGH TEMPERATURE WEEKEND

May 19, 2022- Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) and Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) encourage Richmond area residents to take precautions to avoid heat related illness this weekend. “Severe hot weather can pose risks to individuals’ health,” says Jessica Coughlin, Emergency Manager at RHHD. “Folks can still have fun this summer while staying safe… just […]

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RHHD TO WELCOME NEW HEALTH DIRECTOR

May 16, 2022- After a three month vacancy, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) will soon have a new Health Director. Dr. Elaine Perry will join RHHD as Director on July 10, 2022. Dr. Melissa Viray, who has been serving as Acting Director of RHHD during the interim, will remain with RHHD as Deputy Director […]

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RHHD OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

April 25, 2022- Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) invite Richmond residents with personal or professional experience with systemic racism and the root causes of health disparities in Richmond to apply to the Health Equity Fund Community Advisory Committee (HEF CAC). The HEF CAC will assist RHHD in identifying innovative, community-led projects that address health […]

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RHHD OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

April 21, 2022- Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) invite Richmond residents with personal or professional experience with systemic racism and the root causes of health disparities in Richmond to apply to the Health Equity Fund Community Advisory Committee (HEF CAC). The HEF CAC will assist RHHD in identifying innovative, community-led projects that address health […]

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HENRICO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO HONOR RICHMOND AND HENRICO HEALTH DISTRICTS

April 12, 2022- In honor of last week’s National Public Health Week and in recognition of Richmond and Henrico Health District’s (RHHD) pandemic response, Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors (BoS) is issuing a proclamation today honoring RHHD’s public health staff. Dr. Melissa Viray will join tonight’s BoS meeting to share some words of gratitude following […]

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SECOND BOOSTER DOSES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH RHHD

APRIL 1, 2022- Following the recent FDA authorization of second boosters, CDC revised guidelines, and announcement from VDH that second boosters are available for Virginians, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) opens all clinics, including the Doses on Demand in-home vaccination program, to eligible individuals seeking second boosters. According to VDH, the following individuals are now eligible […]

STATEMENT FROM VIRGINIA STATE VACCINATION COORDINATOR CHRISTY GRAY ON RECOMMENDATION OF SECOND COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSE FOR PERSONS 50 YEARS AND OLDER, IMMUNOCOMPROMISED INDIVIDUALS AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON RECIPIENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 30, 2022 MEDIA CONTACT, Logan Anderson, VDH PIO logan.anderson@vdh.virginia.gov Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Christy Gray on the Recommendation of Second COVID-19 Booster Dose for Persons 50 Years and Older, Immunocompromised Individuals and Johnson & Johnson Recipients March 31, 2022 — The Virginia Department of Health is announcing that the Centers […]

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL TO HONOR RICHMOND AND HENRICO HEALTH DISTRICTS

March 28, 2022- One week ahead of National Public Health Week, Richmond’s city council is recognizing Richmond and Henrico Health Districts’ (RHHD) efforts to protect the public health of Richmond’s citizens, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The council will share words during tonight’s city council meeting with public health workers, including clinical, epidemiological, outreach, and […]

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ARTHUR ASHE COVID-19 VACCINATION SITE TO CLOSE 3/25

March 16, 2022- Following months of low COVID-19 vaccine demand, the Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at Arthur Ashe will soon close its doors. The last clinic will be March 25th. The Arthur Ashe CVC was operated through VDH contractor Ashbritt-IEM; during their time operating at Arthur Ashe and the former Richmond Raceway site, Ashbritt-IEM gave […]

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