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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.

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.

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
Childhood Obesity and Type II Diabetes
Healthy Childbirth and Infancy
Organization Chart

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.


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

Summer Is West
Nile Virus Season

West Nile Virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will not have any symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a  serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.


  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
  • When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
  • Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (dusk to dawn)
  • Mosquito-proof your home—Install or  repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it. Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots,   gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a   regular basis. Mosquito

Prevent Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by infection with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.

Who can get Lyme disease?
People of any age can get Lyme disease, particularly those who spend a significant amount of time in outdoor activities.  It occurs most commonly during the late spring and early summer months, but can occur during the fall and winter.  Dogs, cats and horses also can get Lyme disease.  Visit the following websites for more information

Stay Safe in the Sun
This Summer

While the weather is heating up and you're soaking up the sun, be conscience of the ultra violet (UV) effect on your skin. Skin cancer is the most preventable cancer with over 2 million people diagnosed annually. Read More

Adolescent Health Program

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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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Important Headlines

August is National Immunization Month

The summer vacation season is here!  Both parents and children are ready to take a much needed break and enjoy the lazy days of summer.  During this down time, the Richmond City Health District would like to remind parents that summer is a perfect time to get their child’s check-ups and immunizations. 

Immunizations provide much needed protection against infections that have the potential to cause harm. Also, school age children are required to be adequately immunized prior to school entry. Parents of rising 6th graders are reminded that they must have a Tdap booster vaccination before returning to school at the end of summer.


Visit our webpage at for more helpful information. We look forward to serving you.

Active RVA


Active RVA Warriors Program Recruiting New Sites to Host Free Fitness Classes

Are you interested in bringing fitness to your neighborhood? The Active RVA Warriors program, a partnership of the Richmond City Health District (RCHD), Sports Backers, Fit to Go and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, trains members of the community to become professional fitness instructors. Recently, the first class of instructors were recruited to lead free group exercise classes. Now, we are looking for community partners (churches, community centers, retirement homes, schools, etc.) who are interested in hosting a class. Classes will feature movements incorporating cardio, strength and flexibility. 

Host Site Requirements: 

  • Class must be free and open to the public
  • Site must have a multi-purpose room that can hold a minimum of 10-15 people
  • Class must be held at least once per week

Please feel free to contact Abigail Johnson at 804-482-5506 or if you are interested in hosting a site.

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.



The Virginia WIC program is in the process of transitioning to a paperless system for food benefit management. The program will shift from the use of paper food instruments/checks to electronic benefits transfer (EBT), or ‘eWIC.’


Over the past few months, State WIC office staff, along with local WIC clinic staff, has worked to ensure that this process does not interrupt our service to our participants.


To manage the process and ensure as seamless a transition as possible, the State was divided into four regions: Eastern, Northern, Western, and Central. The transition to eWIC has occurred in all but one region, Central. The Central region – which includes the City of Richmond – will transition to eWIC by the first week of May.


The eWIC benefit card may be used at any store with a window decal that says, “Virginia eWIC Benefit Card Accepted Here!” A list of stores that accept the eWIC benefit card can be obtained from local WIC offices.

Richmond Smiles Dental Van

Sadly, we are suspending the Richmond Smiles Mobile Dental Program  while we work diligently with our community partners and potential funders to determine how to meet the oral health needs of our citizens. 

RCHD Speakers Bureau

If you’d like to have a Richmond City Health District Professional speak or provide a presentation about public health topics or services, contact us about the availability of a Speakers Bureau member.  Click here to email your request and to learn more.

Resource Centers

Resource Center

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

Last Updated: 08-28-2014

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