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Guidance for Health and Safety during Severe Winter Weather

As severe winter weather moves into our area, the Alexandria Health Department urges everyone to prepare for extreme weather and snow, and offers tips to stay safe during cleanup activities following the storm.


Updates on Zika Virus

Check this page for periodic updates regarding Zika virus disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  

Nominations for the Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award
The Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission welcomes nominations for the 2015 Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award. The Alexandria Health Department is pleased to support the Commission’s work on this prestigious award.
Health Profile I: Health Behaviors, Morbidity, and Mortality

AHD has recently published Health Profile I: Health Behaviors, Morbidity, and Mortality. This report focuses on key health indicators that are considered important to public health, are actionable, and are regularly reported. For each health indicator in the report, AHD has provided information on how Alexandria is doing, as well as evidence-based recommendations to help improve health outcomes.

Clinical Services

Find contact information and descriptions of medical services available from the Health Department. Each service listed includes a brief summary of the services. Some services have eligibility rules, like where someone lives, how much a family makes, etc. No one will be denied access to care because of their inability to pay.

Administrative Services

Our administrative division manages the business activities of the Health Department. It oversees all financial, human resources and procurement activities, and works with state and city offices to handle facility management and IT services. This division also oversees all clinic patient registration, eligibility, record management and fee collections. It also assists in vital record requests, like birth and death certificates.


Our epidemiologists investigate communicable diseases reported by healthcare providers, labs, and schools  and offer guidance to residents, schools, long-term care facilities, and others to prevent and control the spread of disease. They also monitor trends and analyze data to guide program and policy development.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Improved in 2013

The Alexandria Health Department is pleased to announce that the City of Alexandria’s 2013 teen pregnancy rate has dropped nearly 20% percent to 24.8 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 10-19 years. The 2012 rate was 30.9. This marks the lowest overall teen pregnancy rate in Alexandria in more than 17 years and is a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of a number of City agencies and community partners.

The Truth About Hookah Smoking
Hookah smoking is rapidly gaining in popularity as a social activity. Hookah users inhale tobacco smoke that passes through a water-filled chamber. Teens and young adults are among the largest groups of users. But did you know that hookah use is more dangerous than cigarette smoking?

Alexandria Health Department’s vision is “Healthy People, Healthier Communities” and we contribute to that by our mission of “Protecting and Promoting Health and Well-Being in Our Communities.” Integral to our mission are our three core values: Working Together – Improving Continuously – Making a Difference.


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