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Thomas Jefferson Health District’s Environmental Health Division Prevents the Spread of Disease

The Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) has a population of approximately 235,000 individuals living in urban, rural and suburban environments and is comprised of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson (Figure 1). The urban ring of the City of Charlottesville includes the University of Virginia and makes up the economic and cultural hub of TJHD, and many residents from the surrounding counties commute there for work, medical care, shopping and entertainment. Our Environmental Health (EH) Division prevents the spread of disease. Programs include: Food Protection, Onsite Sewage Disposal/Water and General EH and a total of 16 staff support each program area (Figure 2). EH staff provides information and education to the public and agencies to protect and promote the health of our citizens. For more information and to get local health department contact information, visit or call (434) 972-6200.

Environmental Health Program Snapshots & Selected Fiscal Year 2014 Performance Outputs

  • Permits food service establishments, private wells, and sewage disposal systems
  • Assists with communicable disease outbreak investigations and emergency preparedness and response activities
  • Assists local government with controlling animal rabies
  • Provides referrals or information to respond to other environmental health concerns

Some examples of work completed by the Thomas Jefferson Health District's EH staff includes:

  • 810 New Restaurants Permitted
  • 1,574 Food Safety Inspections
  • 686 Rabies Exposures Investigated
  • 13 Positive Rabies Animals Identified
  • 587 Well Applications Permitted
  • 901 Sewage Applications Permitted