Health Department

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.

Page updated on Nov 22, 2017 at 9:37 AM
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Interested in learning how to respond to an opioid overdose? Lay Rescuer Training is a 1.5 hour training that will teach anyone: about opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, the risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency. 

If you or a loved one are prescribed opioid painkillers, or are taking opioids, you should take this training and have Naloxone on hand. 


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We invite you to join us for our annual World AIDS Day HIV/AIDS Service Awards Reception on Friday, Dec. 1 to honor those working tirelessly in HIV prevention. Alexandria Health Department is co-sponsoring this event with our community partners, including Alexandria's Commission on HIV/AIDS. 


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Do you have health insurance? If not, you may qualify for more affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for low-income households. Open Enrollment is currently underway for ACA until December 15. Find out if you qualify now.


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The Flora Casey Public Health Award recognizes any individual who has furthered the health of the Alexandria community.  The award is given in honor of Flora Krause Casey, whose life work improved the health of Alexandria’s most needy and vulnerable residents.  The Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission and Alexandria Health Department sponsor this award annually.


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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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Getting a flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. Flu vaccines are available now at many places, including doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, vaccination clinics, some schools and workplaces and the health department. Everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated. It could keep you from losing valuable time from work, school and could even save your life. Contact your doctor or visit your local pharmacy to get vaccinated. 


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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! This Dashboard provides a comprehensive snapshot of health in the City of Alexandria. The data spans categories, each of which has a profound impact on health. It allows you search, visualize, compare and share data on both health outcomes and the social determinants that drive health and wellness.  


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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).  


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Childhood lead poisoning is a major, preventable public health concern. There is no safe blood lead level. Blood lead level testing is required by the Code of Virginia for certain children and recommended for others. This provides general information about lead and 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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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.


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This division manages the business activities of the Health Department. It oversees all financial, human resource and procurement activities, including records management and fee collection for clinical services. It also assists in vital record requests, like birth and death certificates, and works with state and city offices to handle facility management and IT services at the department's multiple locations.


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Learn more about our food safety, vector control, aquatic health and other Health Department programs made to protect your health from environmental sources. Find out how to get or renew a health permit, complain about unhealthy conditions at a restaurant, pool, or hotel, or report an animal bite or mosquito problem in the city.


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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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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.


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The Public Health Emergency Management program enhances readiness and resilience in communities throughout the City of Alexandria through emergency planning, training, drills/exercises, and outreach. Are You Ready?


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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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