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Helping Build Healthy Communities

The Crater Health District encompasses approximately 1800 square miles and serves a population of about 150,000 residents. The district includes the cities of Hopewell, Petersburg and Emporia, and the counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex and Greensville.

Our Vision

To be a strong, well respected organization working closely with all aspects of the community to improve and protect the health status of the citizens in Crater Health District.

Our Mission

To foster healthy communities through disease prevention and control, health promotion, environmental protection and emergency preparedness and response.

Currently there are 7 Environmental Health Specialists, 1 Environmental Health Supervisor and 1 Environmental Health Manager. Programs include: food facility inspection and plan review, temporary food event inspections; hotel, motel and bed and breakfast establishment inspections; campground, summer camp and migrant labor camp inspections; swimming pool inspections, shoreline survey violations corrections (Surry). Grocery store and convenience store inspections in Hopewell and Petersburg only. Environmental Health Specialist process applications and make inspections on onsite sewage disposal facilities and private wells, review submittals of alternative onsite sewage disposal facilities by the private sector and issues or deny permits, participate in the septic tank pump out program for Chesapeake Bay Water Shed in Prince George County, conduct rabies investigations and investigate environmental complaints.

The Crater Health District provides food manager certification training (ServSafe) three (3) times per year. Basic Food Safety and Occasional Cook training (temp. events) are provided on a request basis. Training in these classes is provided by the District Food Standardization Officer. The Hooray for Hopewell, Pork, Pine and Peanut (Surry) and the Emporia Pork Festival are large scale annual temporary food events in the district. Other localities in the district have temporary events as well. Each establishment inspection, rabies investigation or land evaluation is an educational opportunity.

All district Environmental Health Specialists have been cross trained to perform inspections in the food program.

  • Currently, over 550 permitted food establishments (restaurants, daycares, schools, mobile food units, caterers, jails, continental breakfast stations, hospitals and nursing homes) are inspected at least 2 times per year.
  • 85 Grocery Store and Convenience Store inspections are conducted at least annually in the Cities of Hopewell and Petersburg only
  • 68 Tourist Establishments (motels, hotels and bed & breakfast) are inspected at least annually and through complaint
  • 19 Campgrounds and Summer Camps are inspected annually and through complaint
  • 20 Migrant Labor Camps are inspected at least annually and as often as needed
  • 43 Swimming Pools are inspected at least annually and as often as necessary
  • Over 60 Summer Food Program are inspected
  • Investigate on an average of over 250 rabies bites per year