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 Aug 17, 2018 at 2:28 PM
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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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Fairfax County has reported a case of West Nile Virus (WNV). Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones against this and other mosquito-borne illnesses.


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Add your voice to Alexandria Health Department's Community Health project! Simply submit a photo and caption, telling us what you're proud of in our community OR what could most improve our quality of life. Because #HealthMatters. 


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The FDA has recalled crab meat from Venezuela. We recommend residents avoid crab imported from Venezuela until more information is available. To learn more about the situation, read ahead. 


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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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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 National Weather Service forecast indicates that hot and humid weather will continue across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area this weekend. Check out our tips for staying cool through the heat!   


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Recently, there have been reports of Giant Hogweed in Virginia -- and even Alexandria. The City is currently investigating reported sightings. At this time, experts see no evidence that Giant Hogweed is spreading widely. 



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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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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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Top tips to ensure food safety during a power outage. 


 

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