The Richmond City Health District – Adolescent & School Health Program offers school and community-based health educational services throughout the City of Richmond. Our health education and promotion services are designed to reduce youth health risk indicators through the promotion of life skills that motivate young people and encourages healthy lifestyle choices.
Chronic Disease Prevention
Our chronic disease specialists work to reduce morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. They provide educational and public information sessions.
At the Richmond City Health District, we are about prevention. Since only about 37% of Richmonders exercise on a regular basis, we are at great risk of developing "lifestyle" disease. High blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and even breast cancer can be related to too little activity and poor eating habits. You can significantly decrease your odds of developing these diseases if you become more physically active, eat properly, and practice safe and preventive health habits. For information on chronic disease prevention activities call (804) 482-8019.
Emergency Preparedness & Response
The RCHD Emergency Preparedness Program develops plans and coordinates activities to ensure that the Richmond City Health District is prepared to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies. Our emergency preparedness coordinator works closely with city, state, and federal emergency planners to plan and implement responses to threats such as disease outbreaks or natural disasters. This includes a Pandemic Influenza Response Plan that provides training for RCHD personnel and volunteers to develop capacity for dispensing mass prophylaxis at city-wide and regional levels. call (804) 205-3753.
Environmental Health Division
The Environmental Health Division is committed to protecting the health of the public by evaluating, correcting, and preventing many risk factors in the environment which can adversely affect the health of our community. Responsibilities of this division include regulatory evaluation and enforcement of food establishments, temporary food establishments, tourist establishments, dairy facilities, marinas, and swimming pools; investigation of foodborne illness complaints and outbreaks; food safety education and promotion; environmental complaints and investigations for rodent and pest infestation; mosquito surveillance concerning Zika Virus; and working with Richmond Animal Care and Control to administer the Rabies Program. We consistently interact with many state and local agencies in order to better serve our community. For more information, please call (804) 205-3912.
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in a population. Public health epidemiologists monitor the health and illness of a population, investigate the factors that affect the community's health, and recommend interventions to reduce the risk of disease. Epidemiology is practiced in health departments daily and involves principles of surveillance, investigation, laboratory testing, data management, and communication. Please call 804-205-3752 for more information.
Healthy Childbirth and Infancy
Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are here to help new moms connect to prenatal care. If you are pregnant and not sure what to do next please contact us! Our bilingual (English/Spanish)social workers provide maternity case management focused on early access to prenatal care. For Henrico County call (804) 501-5520, for Richmond City call (804) 482-5454.
Lead-Safe Program & Healthy Homes Initiative
The goal of the Lead Safe Richmond Program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the City of Richmond. Childhood lead poisoning is a completely preventable disease that may be caused by a number of sources in a child’s environment. However, the most common source is chipping/peeling paint and lead-contaminated dust (from lead-based paint) in houses built before 1978. Call (804) 205-3726 for information.
Office Of New Americans-Refugee Services
Our Office of New Americans-Refugee Services exists to address health issues that may influence successful resettlement, identify and intervene on diseases and conditions of public health concern, follow up on medical issues identified overseas, and refer to local medical providers for follow-up and linkage to primary care. The Henrico County Health Department (HCHD) conducts health screenings for both Henrico AND Richmond City refugee clients. To learn more about who is eligible for Health Screenings, download the VDH Office of New Americans-Refugee Services brochure. We also assist refugees with filling out the USCIS I-693 medical form for Permanent Resident (green card) applications. Main Clinic Phone: (804) 501-4651
Formerly the Family Transition Coach program, OnTrack RVA offers support to community members who need a little help getting their finances on track or finding the right resources to get ahead. Open to all East End residents, OnTrackRVA provides assistance with short-term and long-term goal setting for finances, housing, and physical and mental wellbeing. Our team will partner with you in finding a way over the hump that stands between you and the future you desire.
Smoking Cessation: Free From Tobacco & Quit Now Virginia
Tobacco is a strong addiction, but YOU are stronger. Being tobacco-free will help reduce your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and stroke. If you are ready to quit smoking or using tobacco, including E-Cigarettes, we are here to help!
Free From Tobacco is a culturally competent community program designed to remove barriers that traditionally have created challenges for those who wish to quit and stay quit from all tobacco products. Call (804) 428-8018.
Quit Now Virginia: If you are thinking about quitting smoking, vaping, or using tobacco products, Call 1-800-QUIT NOW
(1-800-784-8669) or visit Quit Now Virginia to connect with a Quit Coach. Our Quit Coaches are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. They are confidential, non-judgmental, and available to help you design a personalized plan for whenever you are ready. Tobacco is a strong addiction, but YOU are stronger.
Virginia Family & Fatherhood Initiative
The Virginia Family & Fatherhood Initiative (VFFI) is dedicated to the mission of “empowering fathers and mothers to improve the well-being of their children by aligning activities, mobilizing resources, advancing public policy and measuring impact.” VFFI encompasses 5 integrated services to promote whole family thriving: fatherhood support groups, motherhood support groups, co-parenting navigation, case management for teen and young adult parents and their families, and youth development programs. All of our programs are free of charge to participants. Call (804) 482-8005
Youth Violence Prevention Program
The Youth Violence Prevention Program at RCHD aims to develop a community-wide approach to preventing youth violence using the public health model of prevention and the collective impact approach to community organization. Our vision for this work is based upon the need for sustainable prevention in order to decrease the number of youth experiencing violence, and in turn, allowing them to thrive.
Need help finding resources?
Call (804) 205-3500 or 211
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