The Chickahominy Health District (CHD) is a diverse district spanning Virginia’s Piedmont and Coastal Plain for a total of 1,191 square miles. The CHD serves approximately 150,000 citizens in the counties of Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, New Kent and the Town of Ashland. The District’s main office is located in Ashland in Hanover County.
From the wineries of western Goochland to horse racing in New Kent and from the home of Patrick Henry and Kings Dominion in Hanover to the James River Plantations and bed and breakfast residences in Charles City, this district is a blend of open, rural landscapes and suburbia, agriculture and business, history and tourism. The CHD hosts several large, annual festivals including the Ashland Strawberry Fair in June, the Hanover Tomato Festival in July and the Goochland Field Days of the Past in September. These 3 events alone can attract up to 50,000 citizens and tourists.
The Chickahominy Environmental Health (EH) Division includes 8 Environmental Health Specialists, 2 Supervisors, 1 Manager, and multiple Office Support Staff in 4 offices. The Food Safety EH Specialists conduct inspections of food establishments, temporary events, tourist establishments (hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast facilities), campgrounds and summer camps, and swimming pools associated with tourist establishments, migrant labor camps and adult and child care facilities. The Onsite EH Specialists design, permit, and inspect private wells and conventional septic systems, and review conventional septic systems and alternative onsite sewage system designs for permitting from private Onsite Soil Evaluators and Professional Engineers. Other program responsibilities include the investigation of potential foodborne related outbreaks, rabies prevention, complaint investigations, emergency response and preparedness and providing information and education regarding other environmental issues and risks to the public. On a routine basis, all EH Specialists work closely with county personnel including building inspectors, fire marshals, sheriff, planners, administration and animal control. EH Specialists also works closely with other state health department programs and other state agencies to protect and promote the health of residents and visitors.
The CHD Environmental Health Specialists regularly inspect:
- Over 532 permitted Food Establishments (such as restaurants, schools, daycare facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, mobile food trucks, etc.) which are inspected at least twice annually
- Numerous temporary food events throughout the year
- 40 Tourist Establishments (hotel, motel, bed and breakfast and pools associated with these establishments) which are inspected at least once annually
- 8 Campgrounds and the pools associated with these establishments which are inspected annually
- 8 Summer Camps and pools associated with these establishments which are inspected annually
- 10 Migrant Labor Camps which are inspected annually
- Approximately 60 residential adult day care and assisted living and child care facilities upon request