The mission of the Richmond City Health District is to promote healthy living, protect the environment, prevent disease and prepare the community for disasters.
The general operation hours at 400 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Would you like to have a RCHD professional speak or provide a presentation to your group or organization? If so, the RCHD Speaker’s Bureau can help. We have a group of professional members who can present on a variety of public health topics or services. Please click here to go to the full Speaker’s Bureau webpage.
Please visit RCHD’s new Epidemiology page for the latest information on Ebola, Listeria, measles and issues of public health concern.
Hey RVA! Are you ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier new you? The Active RVA Warriors program offers free fitness classes in various locations throughout the city including schools, community centers, churches and senior residential facilities. Grab a friend and head to one of these free classes today! Click here for a list of class offerings and locations.
For more information and to complete an online application visit: http://www.activerva.org/about/
The Richmond City community group called The H.E.L.P., Healing, Educating, and Loving People currently provides full HIV/STI screenings every Wednesday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. at 208 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA. The group also conducts educational trainings/sessions on topics such as domestic violence and mental wellness.
The Richmond City Health District’s Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative wants to help make your house safer and healthier. Find out why and how to keep away pests and mold growth. You can also learn how to prevent trips, falls and fires as well as make the air in your home cleaner. For information, contact us at 804-205-3500 x7 ”or visit us at www.healthyhomesrchd.com
Creating a community culture: Connecting fathers to their families Richmondfatherhood.org
Call: (804) 482-8005
Attention Richmond building contractors: The law is changing. Will your work disturb ≥ 6 sq ft of LEAD-BASED PAINTED SURFACE? If so, you must become a Certified Renovator to work on pre-1978 housing or child- occupied facilities. Click here to learn more. Email our staff to find out how we can help you become certified.
SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICALS
AT MOSBY RESOURCE CENTER
1536 Coalter Street
Sports physicals for MLK and Armstrong students
Call 786-0204 for an appointment
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June 1st is the official start to the Atlantic hurricane season which runs through November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report that this year’s season is expected to be below normal.
This season, 6-11 named storms are expected along with 3- 6 hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes.
Since the Atlantic is expecting below normal hurricane activity this season, that’s no guarantee that a storm won’t make a catastrophic landfall. Make sure that you and your family and loved ones are prepared and visit: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/
3221328&exp=e2 or www.ready.gov.
Richmond City Health District congratulates Richmond Public Schools on being acknowledged by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for adopting a 100% tobacco-free policy that restricts smoking and the use of any tobacco or smoking products by anyone on school property, school grounds, and school-sponsored events! The 100% tobacco-free policy is an important intervention that will reduce exposure to harmful effects of tobacco and help prevent youth from starting use of tobacco. Parents and members of the public are encouraged to support our schools in this effort to protect the health of our youth and make our community healthier.For more information about preventing tobacco use in our schools, visit http://vfhy.org/tobacco.
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The Richmond City Health District (RCHD) received a Public Health and Health Services grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support obesity prevention initiatives. RCHD will partner with Richmond Public Schools, the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, the YMCA and Virginia Commonwealth University to implement a number of innovative strategies to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. These include “Smarter Lunchrooms” to improve the school food environment, hydration stations in elementary schools to encourage students to drink more water, and healthy eating and physical activity standards for out-of-school programs. CDC Public Health Prevention Service Fellow Abbey Johnson and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Thompson are the lead coordinators for the school initiatives. They can be reached at Abigail.email@example.com and Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Food Worker's Class (food handlers) is a basic 4-hour course for line workers and persons who prepare or cook food. Cost is $30.00. Persons who complete training will receive a certificate.
The Food Manager’s Class is a two-day class that's geared towards line supervisors and managers.
This will be required training per State Food
Regulations to have a Certified Manager on staff
at all restaurants. Cost is $150.00 per person.
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For Class Schedule click here
Call 804-205-3912 to register!
Richmond Teen Pregnancy
Rate Drops 40%
The Richmond City Health District Adolescent Health Program is delighted about reporting fewer teen pregnancies in the City of Richmond. The teen pregnancy rate from 2008 to 2012 shows a remarkable 40% drop. The Adolescent Health Program focuses on helping teens make healthy choices about their future and creating a supportive environment for adolescent health education throughout the City of Richmond.
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This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” We are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.
Learn more at www.ready.gov.
The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many families and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families.
What Are the Causes?
Fortunately, most newborns grow and thrive. However, for every 1,000 babies born, 6 die during their first year. Most of these babies die because they are:
• Born with a serious birth defect
• Born too small and too early (i.e., preterm birth;
birth before 37 weeks gestation)
• Victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
• Affected by maternal complications of pregnancy
• Victims of injuries (e.g., suffocation)
What Can You Do?
Pregnancy and childbirth have a huge effect on the health of women and their families. Pregnancy-related health outcomes are influenced by factors such as race, ethnicity, age, and income, but most importantly—a woman's health.
Good preconception health care means living a safe, healthy lifestyle and managing any current health conditions before getting pregnant. By taking action on health issues before pregnancy, many future problems for the mother and baby can be prevented.
Being physically active during pregnancy, such as walking, can reduce the risk of infant mortality.
It is important for all women of reproductive age to adopt healthy behaviors such as:
• Taking folic acid
• Maintaining a healthy diet and weight
• Being physically active regularly
• Talking to your health care provider about preventing
and managing chronic diseases
• Talking with your health care provider about taking any
• Visiting your health care provider at the recommended
scheduled time periods for your age and discuss if or
when you are considering becoming pregnant
• Using effective contraception correctly and consistently if you are sexually active, but wish to delay or avoid
• Preventing injuries and considering the safety of your
home and family (e.g., wear seat belt, take CPR, install
and test smoke alarms)
A healthy pregnancy begins before conception and continues with appropriate prenatal care and addressing problems if they arise.
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Working with community partners to provide health and referral services in RRHA communities.
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