The Car Safety Seat program promotes proper safety seat use for children. Free child safety seats and booster seats are available to income-eligible children. Class instruction includes Virginia safety seat laws, safety seat use based on the age and weight of the child, and proper placement of a seat in a vehicle. Classes are available on most Fridays at the Roanoke City Health Department. Please call the health department if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
This program provides a timely screening assessment for Medicaid or Medicaid eligible clients needing nursing home placement or services in the home or community. The target population for this program includes the elderly, disabled adults, or children needing a waiver for long-term placement or services for home based care. Screenings are conducted in partnership with the Department of Social Services. A nurse and a social worker screen the client to determine if they meet Medicaid’s criteria for either (1) Functional capacity: the degree of assistance an individual needs to complete the activities of daily living (bathing, toileting, dressing) or (2) Medical or Nursing need (wound care). Services may include the following: in-home care, adult day care, or admission to a care facility. Referrals for screenings may be made through the Roanoke City Health Department.
The Oral Health program raises awareness about the importance of good oral health to all residents in Roanoke City, provides preventative dental services for children ages 6 months – 18 years, and encourages the establishment of a dental home for children. The program provides free dental sealants, fluoride varnish, education, and referrals in community settings, including school systems, housing developments, nonprofit organizations, the refugee clinic, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics.
Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are committed to supporting community health through the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. REVIVE! Lay Rescuer trainings are offered for community members or groups to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone. The training covers opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an overdose emergency. Naloxone dispensing is offered by appointment at all Health Department offices. Naloxone is available by walk-in on Fridays at the Roanoke City Health Department office. It is available to individuals who receive on-site counseling or who have completed REVIVE! training. Click here for more information. Drug disposal kits are also available to enable individuals to dispose of medication appropriately. Individuals who would like to quit smoking or using tobacco are encouraged to call the quit line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for information and certified coaching that is free and confidential. The Health Department is also able to provide cessation group counseling.