Alexandria Health Department

The Health Department’s mission is to advance “Healthy People, Healthier Communities.” We provide essential medical services to the people who live, work, or play in Alexandria. Alexandria Health Department also offers critical disaster response, provides sanitation and environmental health services, and monitors and combats the spread of pandemics while advancing prevention through policy.

Page updated on Apr 11, 2018 at 10:11 AM
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Join us on April 26, 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church (2932 King Street) for our Community Health Assessment Kick Off Meeting. Help to give everyone in the City a chance to live the healthiest life possible.


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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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Interested in learning how to respond to an opioid overdose? Alexandria Health Department hosts a monthly, 1.5 hour, free training that will teach anyone how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency. Find out more, check for future trainings, and register here.


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


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Many worry that we may experience an especially severe flu season this winter. Getting the flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. Read further for more information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. 


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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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