The Chronic Disease Prevention Department looks at how people make choices of where to live and how to get around, their ability to access healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, and how those factors affect broader issues of social equity, and the ability to live a long and healthy life.
In order for people to be physically active, persons need safe and accessible areas; development of these areas can be aided by determining the environmental barriers and facilitators that affect activity levels; designing, constructing, and maintaining community environments to help ensure safety and accessibility; and developing programs to encourage people to use improved community environments to increase their activity levels. One out of every three census track in Richmond is a food desert, without access to transportation and a stable income communities are less likely to purchase and eat healthier foods.
We partner with other city departments and community partners to address systematic, structural and institutional barriers to people accessing healthy food and opportunities to be physically active. Click here to visit the Chronic Disease website or call .
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.
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. Click here to visit the Environmental Health Division webpage. For more information, please call .
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 click here to visit the website or call for more information.
The Health Promotion Division provides overall direction of departmental health promotion strategies. Health Promotion works with the community and develops programs and activities that promote and protect the health of Richmond citizens. Call 205-3735 for information.
Community Services – coordinates public relations and dissemination of promotional and health education materials to the public; manages media and emergency communications. Provides leadership for health promotion and social marketing strategies to all divisions within the Department. Develops programs, support materials and plans that enable achievement of overall health department goals and objectives.
Through this program, the Health District seeks to insure that every child in Richmond is fully immunized against infectious diseases by the age of two. Immunizations that include required school shots, flu shots, tuberculosis and vaccination for other infectious diseases are provided for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, the immunization program engages in educational outreach efforts such as classes and health fairs in order to communicate the importance of immunizations. Call Click here for the Immunization Schedule and helpful links.for the immunization clinic schedule or 205-3754 for information about the Immunization Action Program.
The RCHD Internship Program seeks to prepare the next generation of public health professionals by giving students interested in public health opportunities to gain skills relevant to the field. RCHD interns will tackle projects relevant to public health in Richmond under the guidance of RCHD public health professionals. Energetic, motivated students interested in serving the Richmond community and learning more about public health are encouraged to apply. Please click here to learn more about the RCHD Internship program.
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.
STEPS TO HELP PREVENT LEAD POISONING
- Wet clean floors and windowsills in the home regularly
- Wash children’s hands and toys frequently
- Be aware of chipping paint in the home. Use lead-safe practices to make sure painted surfaces are maintained or repaired. Improper paint repairs could create more hazardous lead poison conditions. Call the Health Department for advice.
- Be aware of toys, jewelry, dishes, pottery, and foods that may contain lead.
- Be aware of hobbies or jobs that may involve working with lead (stained glass making, pottery, painting/construction work).
Lead interferes with normal brain development and may cause reduced intelligence, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities in children. Children who have lead poisoning may not show any early signs or symptoms. Therefore, having your child tested is the only way to know for sure whether he/she is lead poisoned. Ask your child’s doctor to perform this simple test.
Research has shown that it may be possible for pregnant women to pass lead to their unborn fetus. Therefore, pregnant women should take certain precautions to protect themselves and their unborn child. This is especially important if they work in an industry that may expose them to lead or if they suspect that they were lead poisoned as a child. The Lead Safe Richmond Program provides lead education, screening, and free lead risk assessments/inspections for lead poisoned children. Please callfor information.
Virginia Family and Fatherhood Initiative’s (VFFI) “Stronger Parents, Brighter Futures,” is a state-wide program that provides integrated services to promote whole family thriving. The program focuses on strengthening fathers, mothers, parents, and caregivers to co-parent and work cooperatively to improve family life and long-term outcomes for their children. VFFI’s Richmond region serves parents of all ages in Richmond as well as 16-24 year old parents, expectant parents, and their families in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, and King William. VFFI’s trauma-informed services include education-based parenting support groups, co-parenting navigation (like mediation), and wrap around support services to eligible participants. Click here or call for information.
The goal of our Family Planning Services is to promote reproductive health planning for all men and women. We provide education, birth control methods and folic acid to ensure that your baby is planned and healthy. We also have family planning services for teen-agers in a teen friendly atmosphere. Our Teen Experienceprovides reproductive health services along with other health services in a clinical setting that’s just for teens – both males and females. Teen Experience accepts walk-ins and appointments.
Our Prenatal or Maternity Services promote healthy pregnancy outcomes by providing quality prenatal care and education to our clients. Each client is assigned to an RN who serves as a resource to them throughout their pregnancy. Centering Pregnancy is a new group care option that has proven through research studies to be effective in healthy pregnancy outcomes (fewer premature births and complications of pregnancy). Our Centering Program has a new group starting each month. We promote breastfeeding and provide education on a broad range of topics to include injury prevention, SIDS, safe sleep for baby, prenatal vitamins with folic acid (vitamin B9), premature labor, and more.
We encourage women to seek prenatal care early in their pregnancy during the first 3 months. We provide appointments to women without insurance and assist them to enroll in Medicaid, if eligible. For more information about reproductive health and family planning services or an appointment, call (804) 482-5500.
The Resource Center model takes a community based and relationship approach to providing neighboring residents with health services and entry into the healthcare system. Resource Centers are located within Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority communities at Fairfield, Whitcomb, Creighton and Mosby and are open to residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. A variety of services include health screenings, checkups, health education, nutrition, parenting classes, budget management, and community resource information.
Resource Center locations and hours:
Broad Rock Community Center,
4615 Ferguson Lane
Creighton Resource Center,
2150 Creighton Road
Fairfield Resource Center,
2311 North 25th Street
Gilpin Community Center,
436 Calhoun St
Hillside Resource Center,
1615 Glenfield Avenue
Mosby Resource Center,
1536 Coalter Street
Southwood Resource Center, 804-230-8077 (Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:oo p.m. 1st and 3rd Fridays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 2nd and 4th Fridays 9 am – 4 pm.)
1742 Clarkson Rd #A
Whitcomb Resource Center,
2106 Deforrest Street
Resource Mothers provides free mentoring and support services to first-time pregnant teens ages 19 and under through a curriculum based approach living in the City of Richmond, Virginia.
The program’s goals are:
- To reduce infant mortality
- To prevent low-weight births and repeat pregnancies
- To encourage early and regular pre-natal care
- To ensure on-schedule immunizations for infants by their 1st birthday
- To delay second pregnancies
Resource Mothers can help you with all of the following, free of charge:
- Access to early prenatal care
- Learn about Medicaid, WIC and other community resources
- Build strong parenting skills
- Finish school, obtain GED, and assist with gaining skills to become more employable
- Involve family and others in creating a stable, nurturing home for your child
- Develop a plan for baby’s care while mother is at work or school
- Get transportation to and from prenatal visits
- Attend free classes such as car seat training and breastfeeding
Resource Mothers also accepts gently used or new baby items and clothes. For more information about Resource Mothers, please visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ofhs/childandfamily/ReproductiveHealth/pregnancy/resourceMothers/ or contact Samantha Dockery at (804)205-3679. For other helpful links click here.
STI/HIV Prevention provides services aimed at reducing the spread of STIs and HIV through referral services for those who are infected, counseling and education, testing, treatment, and assistance with partner notification. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing available.
Free condoms are available between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday and at our evening screening clinic on Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
The STI Clinic, located at 401 E. Main Street, serves patients on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. STI Clinic registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. until capacity is reached. Please call here.for more information. For STI/HIV testing sites click
The tuberculosis program strives to prevent, identify, and treat tuberculosis in both its latent and active forms in Richmond City and the surrounding areas. Patients are seen by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 8:00 a.m. and noon. Please callto schedule an appointment.
The Vital Records Office records deaths and issues death certificates for deaths that occur within the boundaries of the City of Richmond. Cost for certificates is $12 per copy. Certificates for deaths that occur in other localities can be obtained at the Virginia Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics. Call request a death certificate and En Español.for more information. Get the form needed to
The Vital Records Office also provides medical records, immunization cards and FOIA requests. Callfor more information.
Birth, Marriage, and Divorce certificates are available from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. Click here for information on obtaining a birth certificate from the State of Virginia.
The supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC) is a preventive health program for pregnant women and children during their formative years. WIC provides nutritious, healthy supplemental foods and nutrition education and counseling. WIC Sites: South Richmond: 509 E. Southside Plaza, Richmond, VA 23224; Richmond Community Hospital, 1510 N. 28th Street – Room 208 Richmond, Virginia 23223 and Central Richmond (Downtown): Richmond City Health District, 400 E. Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. For more information call: (804) 482-5446.
Program services include:
- Individual nutrition assessment
- Up-to-date nutrition information
- Breastfeeding information and support
- Vouchers for nutritious foods, such as milk, cheese, juice, cereal, eggs, peanut butter, dry beans, and supplemental infant formula
- Information on community resources
For more information on the WIC program go to the WIC Federal Government site
Who is eligible for WIC?
Pregnant (6 months), Post Partum or Breastfeeding (up to 1 year)
Under one year of age (birth to 11 months)
Under five years of age – once child turns five years old, he/she is no longer eligible for the WIC program.
All applicants must qualify both financially and nutritionally.
What you need to bring to your appointment
- Your child
- Proof of income for the entire household (pay stubs, Medicaid card, food stamp letter)
- Proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, social security card)
- Proof of residency (utility bill or other item with your name and street address)
- WIC folder (recertification only)
- Immunization record
- Proof of pregnancy from a doctor
- Proof of birth for children/infants
For more information on eligibility, please check our eligibility information section
How do I get an appointment?
- Call your local Richmond City Health District WIC office:Southside Plaza WIC Office
509 East Southside Plaza
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Richmond City Health District WIC Office
400 East Cary Street
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Richmond Community Hospital WIC Office
1510 North 28th Street, Room 208
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WIC is an Equal Opportunity Program. If you believe that you have been discriminated against due to race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250
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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. Click here for the Youth Violence Prevention Program page.