Friday, July 29, 2016

City to Host RVA ACEs Summit on August 3 and 4


The City’s Department of Social Services and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg are partnering to host the RVA Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Community Resilience Summit on August 3 and 4 at the Veritas School, 3400 Brook Road.

Over the course of the RVA ACEs Summit, there will be educational and personal learning tracks for youth, ages 13 to 17, parents, caregivers, and professionals to engage them with the research behind Adverse Childhood Experiences and concrete approaches that communities around the country have taken in building Community Resilience. The summit will feature some of the most knowledgeable practitioners, community organizers, and researchers to explore the meaning of trauma informed care for individuals, caregivers, and professionals. These groups will work together to develop sustainable individual and familial resilience strategies, and community resilience approaches to address the most basic public health issues through a variety of contact points.

“I am extremely pleased that the City of Richmond has joined the national ACEs and resilience movement by sponsoring the first ACEs Summit ever held in Virginia. This summit acknowledges our commitment to building trauma informed service systems beyond our Human Services portfolio,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Together, youth, parents, and professionals will learn about the impact of ACEs, and most importantly how we can collaborate in promoting health practices to help residents of our great city.”

Recent studies have noted that 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. ACEs studies have shown that many of these traumas occur before age 18 and result in disrupted brain development, adoption of at risk health behaviors, and increased risk for disease, disability and social problems in children and adults, including developing physical and mental illness.

Evidence has shown that by implementing trauma informed practices within all human service systems impacting youth, adults and their families, individuals are empowered to build their resilience and enhance their overall health and well being. Trauma informed care asks all human service professionals to realize the widespread impact of trauma, recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, and respond by integrating trauma informed knowledge into all policies, procedures and practices while actively resisting re-traumatizing the youth, families and adults served.

“I am intimately aware of the impact exposure that primary and secondary trauma has on our neighborhoods, the children and families we serve and the trained professionals charged with the responsibility of responding as a result of a traumatic stressor,” said Shunda Giles, the City’s Director of Social Services. “Trauma touches us all and the ACEs and Community Resilience Summit is about building our community’s capacity for healing; our capacity for reflecting, responding and restoring hope.”

National Night Out and Kickoff Event


The Richmond Police Department is gearing up to celebrate National Night Out, the biggest city-wide party of the year, and all city residents are invited to participate.

The annual event, to be held Tuesday, August 2, brings police and neighbors together in support of crime prevention during an evening full of fun for all ages. A strong partnership between the citizens and law enforcement is a powerful tool in fighting crime which begins with building a sense of community. 

Numerous National Night Out events will be hosted throughout the Richmond area. To find an event near your neighborhood, visit tinyurl.com/NNOevents2016RVA.

We hope citizens will also join us at the Forest Hill Avenue Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave., for a National Night Out Kickoff Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Officers will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children’s fingerprinting ID kits. The kickoff party will also include free food.

National Night Out is a night designed to forge strong relationships between neighborhoods and police. The annual event also helps police officers and citizens work together to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention. For more information about National Night Out, please visit www.natw.org/

RPD Names New LGBTQ Liaison


Chief Alfred Durham has named Captain Daniel Minton as the Richmond Police Department’s new liaison with the LGBTQ community in Richmond.

“I am pleased Captain Minton has agreed to assume this additional duty,” said Chief Durham. “It’s a natural fit. As the commander of the Community and Youth Intervention Unit, he leads many of our outreach efforts.”

Captain Minton replaces Captain Angela Greene as the RPD’s LGBTQ liaison. She recently left the Department to become a deputy chief with the Portsmouth, VA Police Department.

“My goal is to build on the strong foundation that Captain Greene has established,” said Captain Minton. “I want to continue to enhance the relationship between RPD officers and members of the LGBTQ community.”

Captain Minton is an 18 year veteran of the Richmond Police Department.  


Thursday, July 28, 2016

#RVAbreastfeeds Campaign Launched to Support World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 – 7


The social media campaign, #RVAbreastfeeds, has been launched for a second year to continue to raise community support for breastfeeding mothers during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 – 7. The campaign is sponsored by the Richmond Health Action Alliance to help reduce childhood obesity through policy, infrastructure, and environmental changes that promote a breastfeeding-friendly and physically active community. The Richmond Health Alliance is a coalition funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and administered by the Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, a division of Richmond Department of Social Services. The Richmond Health Action Alliance has sponsored a variety of events during World Breastfeeding Week for the past four years.

This year’s multi-faceted #RVAbreastfeeds campaign can be found at www.RVABreastfeeds.com, and on Facebook, Twitter - @RVABreastfeeds, and Instagram - @RVABreastfeeds to allow for broad community participation

In addition to the campaign’s social media focus, life-sized cutouts of breastfeeding women and families that reflect the cultural diversity of Richmond will again be strategically placed throughout the city. Similar images will also be displayed on GRTC buses.

New this year will be the distribution of a new educational guide that provides a realistic expectation of the amount of milk a baby needs during the first month of life. This is significant as some women stop breastfeeding early in fear they are not producing enough milk to sustain the baby. Several Richmond area hospitals have agreed to distribute the guide in patient packets throughout the year.

Additional campaign components include community leaders serving as “Breastfeeding Champions,” the dissemination of breastfeeding facts, and peer-to-peer support in the form of tips for expecting and breastfeeding mothers. Local retailers and restaurants displaying the “Breastfeeding Is Welcome Here” decals will also be highlighted.

“The short and long term benefits of breastfeeding have been well documented, however less than 19% of Virginia’s babies are exclusively breastfed for six months as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians, World Health Organization and a host of other experts,” said Leslie Lytle, Breastfeeding Coordinator for the City of Richmond. “The support of fathers, family members, health care providers, and the larger community is critically important in helping women achieve their breastfeeding goals. This social media campaign will help educate more people of this important public health issue in which everyone has a role.”

“Unfortunately there are profound socioeconomic divisions when it comes to breastfeeding. Low-income African-American and Hispanic mothers face particular challenges when it comes to breastfeeding, such as lack of access to culturally appropriate resources and support,” said Rose Stith-Singleton, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative Project Director. “This campaign highlights some of the challenges many new mothers face and recognizes community change-makers who are helping our most vulnerable families reach their breastfeeding goals.”

The #RVAbreastfeeds planning team consists of representatives from the Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, Richmond City Health District, Richmond WIC, Nurture, cBe Consulting, Virginia Breastfeeding Taskforce, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, and the Institute for Public Health Innovation, with technical support provided by The Spark Mill. #RVAbreastfeeds was made possible through funding and in-kind support from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Richmond City WIC, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, and Nurture.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

National Night Out set for Tuesday, August 2


City residents and neighborhood associations are invited to go all out in planning their neighborhood parties for National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2!

This annual celebration in support of crime prevention brings police and neighbors together during an evening full of fun for all ages.

“Community is a powerful crime fighting tool,” said Sgt. Carol Adams with the Community Care Unit. “We’re encouraging residents to register their events this year – large or small – and come out to engage with us and strengthen the bond between citizens and law enforcement.”

Richmond has historically been ranked in the top 10 among cities its size across the country for National Night Out participation. Registered participants are the key to that ranking. To register your National Night Out event, visit our website, www.richmondgov.com/police, and click on the 2016 National Night Out logo.

We hope citizens will also join Richmond Police and Target stores for a National Night Out Kickoff Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 30, at the Forest Hill Avenue Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave. Officers will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children’s fingerprinting ID kits. The festive atmosphere also will include raffles, giveaways and free food.

National Night Out is a night designed to forge strong relationships between neighborhoods and police. The annual party also helps police officers and citizens work together to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention. For more information about National Night Out, please visit http://www.natw.org/


Friday, July 22, 2016

Street Closure – Dock and Pear Streets – CSX Bridge


WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works
 


WHAT:  Street Closure
 


WHEN:  Midnight Sunday, July 24 through noon Friday, July 29

WHERE:  Dock and Pear streets at the CSX Overpass
  • Pear Street between East Main and Dock Streets
  • Dock Street from South 22nd to Ash Streets
BACKGROUND: The areas will be closed while repairs are made to the CSX bridge at the Pear and Dock Street underpass.  Motorists are urged to follow the detour signage.


Street/Lane Closure – South Pine, West Cary, West Main and South Laurel Streets


WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works
 


WHAT:  Street/Lane Closure
 
WHEN:  Monday, July 25, 2016 to August 1, 2018

 WHERE:  The following areas will be impacted:
  • South Pine Street between West Main and West Cary streets
  • Portion of parking lane on West Cary Street between Laure and Pine streets
  • Parking lane on West Main between Laurel and Pine streets
  • Parking lane on West Laurel between West Main and West Cary streets
BACKGROUND: The aforementioned areas will be closed during construction of student housing at the VCU Monroe Campus.