The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department (KCHD) seeks to provide exceptional care to every client. We want to work together with you to ensure you receive the clinical care, compassion and services that you need.
Health education is any combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitudes.
Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases, helps control weight, and strengthens muscles, bones and joints. Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It’s easier than you think!
Proper nutrition is critical to good health. Priorities from the CDC to improve nutrition include increasing access to healthy foods and beverages and promoting adoption of the Food Service Guidelines or other nutrition standards.
There are many different ways that the public is notified of emergency events. You’ve probably heard many of these before, including radio and television announcements that beep several times and say “This is a test of the emergency broadcast system.”. These systems help ensure that people in Kanawha County and throughout the area will be notified in the event of a real emergency.
Are you and your children up-to-date on vaccinations? The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department conducts routine immunization clinics for children, adolescents and adults. We also offer Overseas Travel and Occupational Health vaccinations. We carry all vaccines and offer them at cost with an additional small administration fee.
An STD is a type of infection that is spread through some sort of sexual activity. There are a variety of STDs which range from HIV, HPV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Some STD’s have severe and obvious symptoms, but some go undetected, causing people to be unaware that they are at risk. Bacterial STD’s can often be cured, but viral STD’s can only be treated, not cured.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.
Your participation as a public health volunteer could make the difference in our county’s ability to respond. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department’s Emergency Response Team volunteers enhance the county’s emergency preparedness efforts by ensuring that a trained group of public health volunteers are ready to assist in response to a public health emergency. We are looking […]
The Kanawha-Putnam Household Preparedness Initiative (KPHPI) is a community driven effort to promote emergency preparedness amongst people living in Kanawha and Putnam counties through social groups, support groups, and accountability partners.
Being prepared for an emergency is as simple as having a kit and having a plan. You should have an emergency kit in your home that contains essentials that you will need in the event of an emergency. There are many different kits available for purchase online in a variety of sizes, or you can make your own very easily.
Current health news, alerts, and more information on reporting outbreaks or other communicable diseases.
Click on the link for each county to view the Epidemiology Report.
Information on specific illnesses or diseases and ways you can protect you and your family from getting sick. Here are five easy steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick.
Developed as a primary method to share information with federal, state, territorial, and local public health practitioners, clinicians, and public health laboratories, CDC’s Health Alert Network (HAN) is the primary method to share information on urgent public health incidents. The State of West Virginia has a similar system (WV-HAN) designed to share information on urgent public health incidents specific to West Virginia as well.
Environmental Health is responsible for promoting and protecting the public’s health by ensuring that the county’s food supply is safe and sanitary. There are over 1,200 permitted food establishments in Kanawha County. KCHD permits and inspects all businesses or establishments that sell food to the public. Examples include restaurants, bars, schools, hospitals, day cares, temporary food stands, retail establishments, etc.
The purpose of the water program is to ensure that the public’s health is protected through safe drinking water, proper well and water supply system construction and site location evaluation for wells before installation. Prevention from contamination of the on-site water supply is a high priority of the program.