Thomas Jefferson Health District to change its name
The Virginia Department of Health’s Thomas Jefferson Health District will change its name to Blue Ridge Health District, effective January 2021. This change reflects the district’s commitment to ensuring that public health services are inclusive and welcoming to all of the communities served. Blue Ridge Health District also aligns with other health districts in Virginia where the majority are named based on regional geography.
 
Denise Bonds, district director, requested permission from the VDH Central Office to change the district’s name in fall 2019.
 
“Changing our name is symbolic of the deeper work we are doing as an organization to create an inclusive, equitable environment for our staff and clients and to acknowledge and address the impact of racism on health,” Bonds said. “Our mission is to ensure the health and well-being of all community members and it is critical that our name reflects all of the communities we serve.”
 
The Thomas Jefferson Health District serves the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. Over the next few weeks, the district will be adding a webpage where community members can follow the district’s efforts to promote organizational equity.

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