The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving a healthy and safe community.
For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact 866-531-3068
Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC
PHDMRC volunteers support local public health initiatives and emergency response. There are roles for both medical and non-medical volunteers. Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccinations exercises and community disaster drills. Train with local emergency response partners. To volunteer: visit www.vamrc.org
The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 5,380 Virginians will be newly diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013. Lung Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease, and the need to diagnose it early. Exposure to tobacco smoke is a risk factor in the development of lung cancer, accounting for 80-90% of all cases; other risk factors include:
The most important step to prevent lung and bronchus cancer is to avoid smoking. If you are a smoker, talk with an expert about quitting. Other resources available to help one quit smoking are listed below:
During October 1, 2013–March 31, 2014, millions of Americans will be able to enroll for health insurance. The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched the Health Insurance Marketplace to make it easier for citizens to compare health coverage options and find plans that meet their needs and fit their budgets.
Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace gives you a clear picture of what you’ll pay and what you’ll get before you make a choice. Visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more.
Wondering what the Health Insurance Marketplace is all about? Check out this simple video that explains what it can do for you.
For more information, visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov
To speak to a person at a 24-hours-a-day consumer call center, call:
1-800-318-2596 ( 1-855-889-4325 TTY/TDD)
For additional resources (background materials, slides, trainings, talking points, drop-in articles, badges, infographics, Spanish and other language materials), visit:http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/get-official-resources.html