The Adolescent Health Program offers school and community based education services designed to reduce risky behaviors and develop life-skills that will motivate young people and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Helping Youth Prevent Pregnancy Program (HYPP) is incorporated into Adolescent Health services to engage youth and parents in an effort to address sexual risk-taking behaviors. The Adolescent Health Program also oversees the City of Richmond teen pregnancy prevention programming. Click here to visit the Adolescent Health website. Call (804) 205-3902 for information.
Our Chronic Disease specialists work to reduce morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. They provide educational sessions, public information and also conduct prevention programs such as the Rock! Richmond fitness program.
At the Richmond City Health District, we are about prevention. Since only about 37% of Richmonders exercise on a regular basis, we are at great risk of developing "life-style" disease. High blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and even breast cancer can be related to too little activity and poor eating habits. You can significantly decrease your odds of developing these diseases if you become more physically active, eat properly and practice safe and preventive health habits. For information on chronic disease prevention activities click here to visit the Chronic Disease website or call (804) 205-3734.
The RCHD Emergency Preparedness Program develops plans and coordinates activities to ensure that the Richmond City Health District is prepared to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies. Our emergency preparedness coordinator works closely with city, state, and federal emergency planners to plan and implement responses to threats such as disease outbreaks or natural disasters. This includes a Pandemic Influenza Response Plan that provides training for RCHD personnel and volunteers to develop capacity for dispensing mass prophylaxis at city-wide and regional levels. call (804) 205-3753.
Our professional inspectors regulate and inspect all city food establishments and vendors to ensure quality service and sanitation. Complaints and cases of food or waterborne illnesses are investigated to determine and eliminate causes. Environmental health staff-members provide training and certification for food handlers and establishments, issue temporary health permits, and inspect street vendors.
The Division is responsible for inspecting and regulating restaurants, hotels and motels, milk and dairy processing, swimming pools and marinas. The health department also responds to environmental complaints such as rodent infestation, rabies, and toxic substances affecting the environment. For more information, please call (804) 205-3912 .
The Health Promotion Division provides overall direction of departmental health promotion strategies. Health Promotion works with the community and develops programs and activities that promote and protect the health of Richmond citizens. Call 205-3735 for information.
Community Services - coordinates public relations and dissemination of promotional and health education materials to the public; manages media and emergency communications. Provides leadership for health promotion and social marketing strategies to all divisions within the Department. Develops programs, support materials and plans that enable achievement of overall health department goals and objectives.
Through this program, the Health District seeks to insure that every child in Richmond is fully immunized against infectious diseases by the age of two. Immunizations that include required school shots, flu shots, tuberculosis and vaccination for other infectious diseases are provided for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, the immunization program engages in educational outreach efforts such as classes and health fairs in order to communicate the importance of immunizations. Call (804) 482-5500 for the immunization clinic schedule or 205-5374 for information about the Immunization Action Program.
The goal of the Lead Safe Richmond Program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the City of Richmond. Childhood lead poisoning is a completely preventable disease that may be caused by a number of sources in a child’s environment. However the most common source is chipping/peeling paint and lead contaminated dust (from lead-based paint) in houses built before 1978.
STEPS TO HELP PREVENT LEAD POISONING
- Wet clean floors and windowsills in the home regularly
- Wash children’s hands and toys frequently
- Be aware of chipping paint in the home. Use lead-safe practices to make sure painted surfaces are maintained or repaired. Improper paint repairs could create more hazardous lead poison conditions. Call the Health Department for advice.
- Be aware of toys, jewelry, dishes, pottery, and foods that may contain lead.
- Be aware of hobbies or jobs that may involve working with lead (stained glass making, pottery, painting/construction work).
Lead interferes with normal brain development and may cause reduced intelligence, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities in children. Children who have lead poisoning may not show any early signs or symptoms. Therefore, having your child tested is the only way to know for sure whether he/she is lead poisoned. Ask your child’s doctor to perform this simple test.
Research has shown that it may be possible for pregnant women to pass lead to their unborn fetus. Therefore, pregnant women should take certain precautions to protect themselves and their unborn child. This is especially important if they work in an industry that may expose them to lead or if they suspect that they were lead poisoned as a child. The Lead Safe Richmond Program provides lead education, screening, and free lead risk assessments/inspections for lead poisoned children. Please call
(804) 205-3726 for information.
The Richmond Family & Fatherhood Initiative (RFFI) is dedicated to the mission of “Creating a Community Culture: connecting fathers to their families.” It is a city-wide initiative involving members of the Richmond community in efforts to encourage greater responsibility for fatherhood and to reduce unmarried births in the City of Richmond. The initiative focuses on teens, young adults, and men from different walks of life; connecting, equipping and empowering them with essentials for positive lifestyle choices leading to sexual responsibility, self-reliance, and family responsibility. The RFFI has been recognized nationally and in the Commonwealth as a model for community mobilization and engagement for connecting and reconnecting fathers with their children, and promoting safe, stable, two-parent families. Click here or Call (804)-798-335 for information.
The goal of our Family Planning Services is to promote reproductive planning by educating and providing reproductive health services to women and men. We strive to prevent unplanned pregnancies by providing our clients with birth control counseling and methods. Our Perinatal Services promote healthy pregnancy outcomes by providing quality prenatal care and education to our clients. We promote breastfeeding and provide education on a broad range of topics to include injury prevention, SIDS, folic acid (vitamin B9), premature labor, and more. Services are provided in the clinic and in the home.
We encourage women to visit us early in their pregnancy and seek prenatal care during the first 3-months of pregnancy. We also offer family planning services to teen-agers. Our Teen Clinic provides reproductive health and family planning services along with other health services in a clinic setting that’s just for teens. The Teen Clinic accepts walk-ins and appointments. For more information about reproductive health and family planning services or an appointment, call (804) 482-5500.
The Resource Center model takes a community based and relationship approach to providing neighboring residents with health services and entry into the healthcare system. Resource Centers are located within Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority communities at Fairfield, Whitcomb, Creighton and Mosby and are open to residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. A variety of services include health screenings, checkups, health education, nutrition, parenting classes, budget management, and community resource information.
Creighton Resource Center (clinic hours: Mondays, 9 am – 5 pm)
2150 Creighton Rd. / Phone: 371-0433
Whitcomb Resource Center (clinic hours: Tuesdays, 9 am – 5 pm)
2106 Deforrest Ave. / Phone: 786-0555
Mosby Resource Center (clinic hours: Tuesdays, 1-5 pm; Wednesdays, 9 am – 5 pm
1536 Coalter St. / Phone: 786-0204
Fairfield Resource Center (clinic hours: Thursdays, 9 am – 5 pm)
2311 N. 25th St. / Phone: 786-4099
Resource Mothers provides mentoring and support services to first-time pregnant teens ages 19 and under. The program's goals are to reduce infant mortality, low-weight births and repeat pregnancies. We also encourage early and regular prenatal care, and on-schedule immunizations for infants.
Pregnant teens face issues that all adolescents must deal with on the road to adulthood. In addition to the stresses of being a teen, they have the burden of making decisions about continuing their education, earning a living, and planning for a new future. These pregnant teens need help developing the skills to handle the many challenges and responsibilities that come with pregnancy and parenting. Resource Mothers are community health workers who provide case management services to pregnant teens through this difficult time in their lives, and help them make the transition to parenthood. These adult role models assist the teen throughout her pregnancy and until the baby has its first birthday. Resource mothers are effective in decreasing infant deaths and ensuring the health of teen moms and their infants through intensive home visitation and special programs for participants.
GEMS (Girls Empowered to Make Success) is a companion program to Resource Mothers that works with younger sisters of Resource Mothers participants and other girls ages 9-15, who are at risk for teen pregnancy. The goal of the GEMS program is to prevent teen pregnancy and promote positive life-choices by providing mentor relationships, involvement in community activities, and goal setting. For more information about Resources Mothers or GEMS, call (804) 205-3677.
The Health Department developed Rock! Richmond to help you fit fitness into your daily schedule. We offer more than 40 sites throughout the community where you can participate in free physical activity sessions with professional fitness instructors. Rock! Richmond will help you look and feel your best, increase your energy level, reduce stress, develop healthy eating habits, improve your cardiovascular fitness and put more fun into your life! (link to Rock! Richmond schedule)
Kids also ROCK!
Modern day lifestyles that include eating fattening fast food and less exercise for kids are resulting in health problems for current and future generations. Obesity and cases of Type II diabetes in young children are becoming epidemic. Rock! Richmond conducts activities that promote physical activity and good nutrition for kids and works with local organizations to increase access to physical activity opportunities.
For information about Rock! Richmond fitness classes and activities, call 205-3734.
The Health Department provides free quality services to our clients to prevent the spread of STD's and HIV/AIDS through education, testing, treatment counseling and partner referral services for persons infected. To obtain counseling and referrals for treatment, call (804) 205-3715.
The STD Clinic, located at 400 E. Cary Street, serves patients on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. STI Clinic registration for morning clinic is 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Afternoon clinic registration is 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Please call (804) 482-5500 for more information.
The Vital Records Office records deaths and issues death certificates for deaths that occur within the boundaries of the City of Richmond. Cost for certificates is $12 per copy. Certificates for deaths that occur in other localities can be obtained at the Virginia Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics. Call (804) 205-3918 for more information. Get the form needed to request a death certificate.
The Vital Records Office also provides medical records, immunization cards and FOIA requests. Call (804) 205-3918 for more information.
Birth, Marriage, and Divorce certificates are available from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. Click here for information on obtaining a birth certificate from the State of Virginia.
WIC is a Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children. Participants receive nutritional education and are issued vouchers to buy specific foods that promote the health and growth of children.
Program services include:
- Individual nutrition assessment
- Up-to-date nutrition information
- Breastfeeding information and support
- Vouchers for nutritious foods, such as milk, cheese, juice, cereal, eggs, peanut butter, dry beans, supplemental infant formula
- Information on community resources
For more information on the WIC program go to the WIC Federal Government site
Who is eligible for WIC?
Pregnant, Post Partum or Breast-feeding
Under one year of age (birth to 11 months)
Under five years of age – once child turns five years old, he/she is no longer eligible for the WIC program.
All applicants must qualify both financially and nutritionally.
What you need to bring to your appointment
- Your child or a medical form that is no older than 60 days, from a doctor which includes a height, weight and hemoglobin/hematocrit.
- Proof of income for entire household (pay stubs, Medicaid card, Food Stamp letter)
- Proof of Identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, Social Security Card)
- Proof of residency (utility bill, or other item with your name and street address)
- WIC folder (Recertification Only)
- Immunization record
- Proof of pregnancy from a doctor
For more information on eligibility, please check our eligibility information page
How do I get an appointment?
- Call the Richmond City Health District WIC office at 482-5500, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday
WIC is an Equal Opportunity Program. If you believe that you have been discriminated against due to race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.