Alexandria Health Department

The Health Department’s mission is to advance “Healthy People, Healthier Communities.” We provide essential public health services to Alexandrians, and others who work and play here. We operate public health specialty clinics; help our communities to prepare for, respond to & recover from public health emergencies; assess food safety at restaurants & permitted facilities; investigate communicable diseases & offer guidance to prevent the spread of disease; and advances community...

Page updated on May 16, 2018 at 4:12 PM
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You're INVITED to the Open House at the Health Department's Teen Wellness Center (TWC). Come and see how the TWC is advancing adolescent health in Alexandria!


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Alexandria Health Department is committed to eliminating HIV in the City of Alexandria. Find out more about how we aim at "Getting to Zero." 


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Are you or a loved one taking opioids? Protect yourself by keeping Narcan on hand in case of an accidental overdose or emergency. On April 5, the US surgeon general urged more Americans to carry this life-saving drug.


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On February 12, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched its new Food Code. Find out more.


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How worried should Alexandria be about teen drinking? ACPS and Alexandria Health Department assessed the behavior of Alexandria youth in six risk areas including mental health, alcohol and drug use, and sexual behavior. Our report is the result of academic, governmental, volunteer, and non-governmental organizations working together to improve the health and wellness of youth in our community.


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Is childhood obesity a problem in Alexandria? ACPS and Alexandria Health Department examined body mass index (BMI) measures for incoming kindergartners at Alexandria City Public Schools to assess the health of our youth. We invite policymakers and community members to learn more about the health of City youth, and use our findings to target prevention and treatment programs. 


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The Health Matters in Alexandria Dashboard is live! Our Dashboard provides a comprehensive snapshot of health in the City of Alexandria. It offers anyone the ability to search, examine, compare and share critical data that have profound impacts on community health.  


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Childhood lead poisoning is a major, preventable public health concern. Blood lead level testing is required by the Code of Virginia for certain children and recommended for others. Read ahead for more information about lead and for additional resources. 


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The City of Alexandria’s highest priority is the health and safety of its residents, businesses and visitors. Although water service in Alexandria is provided by Virginia American Water, a private company, the City has been in close contact with Virginia American Water regarding water quality.


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Learn about health trends in your area. Our publications and reports monitor regional trends and analyze local data. We offer this information to the public to guide program and policy development. Publications and reports are compiled by our epidemiologists, who investigate communicable diseases reported by healthcare providers, labs, and schools.


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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.


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Emergencies can happen. When they do, the best strategy is to already have a plan in place. This includes knowing the proper food and water safety precautions to take when you lose power or flooding occurs.


 

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