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Richmond City Health District

RCHD

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

Speaker

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

Active

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/ programs/warriors


Help

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 www.helprichmond.org and by email at helpcenter804@gmail.com


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 www.healthyhomesrchd.com

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

Fatherhood

Creating a community culture: Connecting fathers to their families Richmondfatherhood.org
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.

News

sports

SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICALS
AT MOSBY RESOURCE CENTER

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: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/
AmericasPrepareathon/view?objectId=
3221328&exp=e2
or www.ready.gov.

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   http://vfhy.org/tobacco.
To read press release, click here.


Smart

RCHD to Promote Healthier Choices For Students

Obesity Prevention Grant

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.johnson@vdh.virginia.gov and Andrew.thompson@vdh.virginia.gov          


Fruit
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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
For Class Schedule click here

Call 804-205-3912 to register!


AIDS Ribbon

Linkage to HIV Care

The Richmond City Health District is now providing linkage to care services for persons living with HIV in Central Virginia.  Our program staff will provide assistance to clients by connecting them to medical care and other support services such as mental health and substance abuse.  They will also conduct outreach and education services to the community aimed at increasing awareness.  Assistance is offered to medical providers and case managers that provide care to persons living with HIV, who have clients that are no longer in care or are at risk of becoming lost to care.  In addition, our program staff will conduct routine follow-up and retention services to clients to keep them actively engaged in their medical care. 

For more information about HIV linkage to cares services, contact Pamela Price at Pamela.price@vdh.virginia.gov  or Suzanne Roberts at 804-205-3751.


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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National Men's Health Week

Celebrate National Men’s Health Week, June 15-21, 2015.

Men

 

Men can make their health a priority. Take daily steps to be healthier and stronger.

  • Take a bike ride.
  • Toss a ball.
  • Eat less salt.
  • Try more veggies.

There are many easy things you can do every day to improve your health and stay healthy.

Please click here to find out more.


NIIW

Get Tested on National HIV Testing Day, June 27

National HIV Testing Day is a reminder that when you know your HIV status, you can take care of yourself and your partners. HIV testing is recommended, it’s empowering, and it’s easy. Have you been tested?


This year marks the 20th annual National HIV Testing Day, a time to promote one of our best tools for HIV prevention. Too many people—one in six—who are living with HIV are not aware of it. That means they are not getting the treatment they need to stay healthy and may pass the virus on to others without knowing it.


HIV can be spread when someone with HIV has sex or shares injection drug equipment with someone who does not have HIV. If the partner with HIV is on medicine to treat HIV (antiretroviral therapy, or ART), or the partner who is HIV-negative is on medicine to prevent HIV infection (pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP), the risk can be much lower.

 

Testing Is Recommended


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and that some people with risk factors get tested more often. Gay and bisexual men, people with more than one sex partner, people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and people who inject drugs are at high risk and should get tested at least once a year.

You should also be tested if you have been sexually assaulted or if you are a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

See the Basic Testing Q&As for more information.

 

Testing Is Empowering


When you know your HIV status, you can take care of yourself and your partner(s). If you find out that you are infected with HIV (if you test positive), you can seek medical care and get treatment. Besides allowing you to live a longer, healthier life, being on ART can protect the health of your partners because it can greatly reduce the risk that you can pass HIV to others.


If you don't have HIV (if you test negative), you can take steps to stay negative, such as using condoms consistently and asking your health care provider about PrEP if you are at substantial risk. Remember that if you have risky sex or share needles for drug use after you've tested negative for HIV, you need to get tested again to make sure you are still HIV-negative. Your HIV test result "expires" every time you have risky sex or share needles or related works.

 

Testing Is Easy


Getting tested for HIV is easier than ever. You can ask your doctor for a test, check National HIV and STD Testing Resources for a nearby testing site, call 1-800-CDC-INFO, or text your ZIP code to "KNOW IT" (566948). Health insurance usually covers the test, and some sites offer free testing. You can also use one of the FDA-approved home testing kits.

 

Everyone can

  • Get tested at least once for HIV.
  • Get tested once a year or more often if you are at risk of getting HIV.
  • Lower your risk of getting HIV by using condoms, using PrEP if appropriate, limiting your number of partners, choosing less risky sexual behaviors, and getting checked for STDs, which can increase the risk of HIV transmission. See the Prevention Q&As for more HIV prevention options.
  • If you have HIV, get medical care and treatment as soon as possible to stay healthier longer and lower your risk of passing the virus to others.

The Richmond City Health District’s STI Clinic is located at 401 E. Main Street and serves patients on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. STI Clinic registration for morning clinic is 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Afternoon clinic registration is 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please call (804) 482-5500 for more information.


Also, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HIVtesting/ for more information.


 FACTS ABOUT EBOLA

Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.

 

The Richmond City Health District wants residents of the Richmond community to know that your public health department is fully involved and is working collaboratively with State and local agencies as well as private sector partners to enhance preparedness and to properly respond to the possibility of encountering a case of Ebola within our community. Although the risk of exposure to the general public is low, we are taking steps to protect the public’s health, just as we do everyday throughout the year. Foremost, we encourage you to become informed about the Ebola virus and to separate fact from fiction. Information about Ebola is provided on the Virginia Department of Health’s website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/ebola/ and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

 

Answers to frequently asked questions and information can also be obtained by calling an Ebola hotline established by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). The Virginia 211 Call Center will answer calls using frequently asked questions developed by VDH.  The Richmond City Health District Speakers Bureau can also be contacted to request presentations of educational information about Ebola virus.


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.

 

WIC

 


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. 
REFERRAL TO LOW COST DENTAL CARE Click Here


Resource Centers

Resource Center

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


Last Updated: 06-29-2015

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