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Richmond City Health District


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.

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RCHD Speaker's Bureau


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.

Get Fit with the Active RVA Warriors


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: programs/warriors


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. 

For more information, contact Donte’ McCutchen at 804-205-3750 or visit them online at and by email at

RCHD Healthy Homes Initiative

Healthy Homes

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

More information:
A Healthy Home for everyone
A Healthy Home (Spanish) Click here the visit the CDC Healthy Homes website
LSHHI Newsletter

Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative


Creating a community culture: Connecting fathers to their families
Call: (804) 482-8005

More Links

Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
Disaster Preparedness Brochure
School Physical Info.
Healthier Richmond Newsletter
Richmond Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
RCHD Annual Report
School immunizations
High Blood Pressure Center
Healthy Childbirth and Infancy

New EPA Law Impacts Home Remodeling

Lead SaftyAttention 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.


This is Public Health (Video)

This is Public Health



1536 Coalter Street
Sports physicals for MLK and Armstrong students
Call 786-0204 for an appointment

For other locations and times click here.

Stop TB

Atlantic Hurricane
Season is Here

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:

Stop TB

Support Tobacco-Free Schools

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
To read press release, click here.

Register For Food Safety Training

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.

For Class Schedule click here

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.
For Class Schedule click here

Call 804-205-3912 to register!

Adolescent Health Program

boys and girls

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.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Strategy
Teen Pregnancy Trends
Richmond Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Click here to visit the our web page. 

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Flu Shots

Flu Shot

The Richmond City Health District is offering free flu shots to the public on Friday, October 16th, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Wal-Mart store located at 2210 Sheila Lane, off Forest Hill Avenue, and also at the Big Apple Supermarket, 2916 Jefferson Davis Highway. All members of the public ages 3 and older are welcome.  No insurance or ID needed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Flu season is here, and health experts say that vaccination against the flu is the best protection.  Take advantage of this free and convenient opportunity to protect yourself and your family members from the flu.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is
October 25-31, 2015

September is National Preparedness Month


Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CDC are committed to eliminating this burden to public health.


Lead is a highly toxic metal that, at one time, was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust and soil found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.


CDC and HHS share the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the United States. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) occurs every year during the last full week in October. During NLPPW, CDC aims to


•  Raise awareness about lead poisoning;

•  Stress the importance of screening the highest risk
   children younger than 6 years of age; (preferably by ages
  1 and 2) if they have not been tested yet;

•  Highlight partners' efforts to prevent childhood lead
   poisoning; and

•  Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure.


Lower Your Chances of Exposure to Lead


Simple steps like keeping your home clean and well-maintained will go a long way in preventing lead exposure. You can lower the chances of exposure to lead in your home, both now and in the future, by taking these steps:


•  Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces to prevent paint

•  Address water damage quickly and completely

•  Keep your home clean and dust-free

•  Clean around painted areas where friction can generate
   dust, such as doors, windows, and drawers. Wipe these
   areas with a wet sponge or rag to remove paint chips or

•  Use only cold water to prepare food and drinks

•  Flush water outlets used for drinking or food preparation

•  Clean debris out of outlet screens or faucet aerators on a
    regular basis

•  Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys often

•  Teach children to wipe and remove their shoes and wash
    hands after playing outdoors

•  Ensure that your family members eat well-balanced meals.
   Children with healthy diets absorb less lead.


Contact Rafiat Williams at (804) 205-3731 or visit for more information.

October is SIDS Awareness Month

SIDS Month


About 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are called sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID). Often an autopsy alone cannot explain these deaths without investigating the scene and reviewing the infant's medical history.


The most frequently reported causes of SUID include the following:


•  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted that includes a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the medical history. SIDS is the third leading cause of infant death in the United States and the leading cause of death for infants aged 1 to 12 months. About half of SUIDs are SIDS.

•  Unknown Cause is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained. Often a thorough investigation was not conducted and cause of death could not be determined.

•  Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB) is the leading cause of infant injury death. Mechanisms that can lead to accidental suffocation or strangulation include the following:

  • Suffocation by soft bedding—such as when a pillow or waterbed mattress covers an infant's nose and mouth.
  • Overlay—when another person rolls on top of or against the infant.
  • Wedging or entrapment—when an infant is wedged between two objects such as a mattress and wall, bed frame, or furniture.
  • Strangulation—such as when an infant's head and neck become caught between crib railings.

Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native infants are about two times more likely to die of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID than white infants.


Safe to Sleep

CDC is collaborating with the National Institutes of Health in its Safe to Sleep campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep Campaign. The Safe to Sleep Campaign has outreach and education activities aimed at reducing infant death from SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.


Reducing the Risk

Health care providers and researchers don't know the exact causes of SIDS, but they do know methods to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID that include the following:


  • Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
  • Prevent exposure to smoking during pregnancy and after birth because these are important risk factors for SIDS. The risk of SIDS is even stronger when a baby shares a bed with a smoker. To reduce risk, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby. For help in quitting, call the quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit


It is important that ALL persons (grandparents, too) caring for your infant know the risks of SIDS as well as the guidelines for safe sleep.


For more information on reducing the risk of SIDS, visit the National Institute of Child Health and Human

WIC helps Women, Infants and Children

WIC is the special supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is available at the Richmond City Health District and other local health departments. Program participants receive nutritional education and are able to shop at local grocery stores for foods that promote the health and growth of children.CLICK HERE for more information or look us up under RCHD programs.




Resource Centers

Resource Center

Working with community partners to provide health and referral services in RRHA communities.
Click here for more information.

Last Updated: 10-07-2015

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