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 Richmond Health District Healthy Homes Initiative wants to help you make your house and healthier, safer home. Find out why and how to keep away pest and mold growth; prevent trips, falls and fires; make the air in your home cleaner. For information, contact us at 205-3500.
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Attention 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.
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, a time when communities, parents and organizations across the nation focus on conversations about preventing teen pregnancy. Having a child during the teen years carries high costs – emotional, physical, and financial – to the mother, father, child, and community. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the Western World. In the U.S. there are about 733,000 teen pregnancies each year. Three in ten girls become pregnant before age 20.
So what can you do to help prevent teen pregnancy? If you’re a parent of teens, the best thing to do is to discuss the issue with your children. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has information with tips and advice about how to communicate effectively with teens about sexuality. You can also get involved in community efforts such as the Richmond Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. To learn more, visit our Adolescent Health Program webpage at www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/richmondcity/
Richmond teen pregnancy rate drops 30%
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 2010 shows a remarkable 30% 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.
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Working with community partners to provide health and referral services in RRHA communities.
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Week of the Nurse, May 6 – 10
National Nurses Week is celebrated each year May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The Richmond City Health District appreciates our public health nurses. Everyday our nurses demonstrate a mission of promoting healthy living, preventing the spread of disease, protecting the environment, and preparing our community for public disasters.
The Richmond City Health District is especially pleased to announce that their district Nurse of the Year, Mrs. Tracey Avery – Geter, has been selected as the Regional Nurse of the Year for the Central Region.
Tracey L. Avery-Geter, MSN, WHNP-BC
Certified Nurse Practitioner – Women’s Health
We are proud to recognize Tracey as both the district and regional Nurse of the Year, says Dr. Donald Stern, Health Director for Richmond City Health District. “ It’s an honor for both Tracey and the Richmond City Health District”.
Dr. Sulola Adekoya, the lead physician for the health district states that Tracey has demonstrated impeccable integrity and has a myriad of achievements.
Mrs. Avery-Geter has been instrumental in the implementation of a Centering model of care for prenatal patients as well as in the development and implementation of an electronic Medication Tracking System for the health district. Congratulations to you Tracey!
Equiano Chatawa, Nutritionist Supervisor, Dr. Laura Kalanges, Interim Deputy Director for Family Health Services, and Dr. Donald Stern, District Health Director cut the ribbon at a grand opening ceremony on March 22nd, for the new WIC Service Center located at 509 East Southside Plaza, in the Southside Plaza Shopping Center. The new WIC Service is much more spacious and has several amenities for clients including a luxurious private lactation room for nursing moms, training facilities, a laboratory and accommodations that will afford greater convenience and privacy for WIC clients.
To be eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must meet residential, income and nutrition risk requirements. Richmond residents can call the new Southside WIC Service Center at 804-205-9816 for appointments and information.
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.
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Mobile emergency and initial entry to dental care for uninsured Richmonders in their own community.
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