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Portsmouth Health Department

The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving a healthy and safe community.

For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact 866-531-3068


Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC
Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC

PHDMRC volunteers support local public health initiatives and emergency response. There are roles for both medical and non-medical volunteers.  Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccinations exercises and community disaster drills.  Train with local emergency response partners.  To volunteer: visit


May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention MonthTeen pregnancy continues to be a problem across the U.S., Portsmouth has not been excluded from this problem.  As seen in the figure 1, Portsmouth rates have remained high but steady since 2007.  On the other had, most other Hampton Roads cities and VA have shown a steady downward trend in rates.

Teen pregnancy rates in Portsmouth are higher in racial minorities compared to white residents (bottom figure).

If you or your organization are interested in learning more about how to talk with teens about becoming a responsible teen please contact Dwight Richards at 757-393-8585 Ext. 8570 or or Brittany Watson at 757-393-8585 Ext. 8573  Also visit,


Pregnancies Per 1,000 Females Ages 10-19

Teen Pregnancy by Race Ages 10-19

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness MonthA stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Although many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only older adults, strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly a quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65.

In 2009-2011 Portsmouth had the highest rate of stroke deaths in Hampton Roads.

Strokes often lead to serious, life-changing complications that include:

  • Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body.
  • Problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory.
  • Problems understanding or forming speech.
  • Difficulty controlling or expressing emotions.
  • Numbness or strange sensations.
  • Pain in the hands and feet.
  • Depression.

To learn more about reducing your risk for stroke, visit Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over 5 years.


Last Updated: 05-07-2015

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