Public Health Advisory Commission

The Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission provides information about and evaluation of health-related matters and investigates specific health problems.

Page updated on Nov 9, 2016 at 12:10 PM


Established in 1981 by the Alexandria City Council, the Public Health Advisory Commission's (PHAC) functions, powers and duties are to advise and support the City and City Council by evaluating and advising on all health matters and on the priority of public health needs in the City.

The PHAC meets on the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King Street, in the 4th Floor Conference Room. Approximately four hours per month are required of Commission members.

The PHAC consists of 16 members, including three citizen members who are health professionals, five citizen members who are non-health professionals, one physician practicing in the City, one dentist practicing in the City, one representative from the Alexandria Community Services Board, one representative from the Inova Alexandria Hospital, one representative from the Neighborhood Health Board of Directors, one representative from the City's Fire Department, one representative from the Alexandria City School Board and one representative from the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria Steering Committee. The Commission is supported by the Alexandria Health Department.  

List of Members

  • Ruth Chamowitz
  • Katie Dziak, Vice-Chair
  • Liz Ghandakly
  • Ann Harbour
  • Daniel Hawkins
  • Keith Hearle
  • Jessica Hill 
  • Brian Hricik
  • Allen Lomax
  • Richard Merritt
  • Barbara Nowak
  • Meredith Taylor
  • Michael C. Trahos
  • Katya Wanzer, Chair
  • Lauren Wilson

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission, visit for more information.

Agenda and Meeting Minutes

May 19, 2016 / April 21, 2016 /  March 17, 2016 / February 18, 2016 / January 21, 2016

Annual Reports

2016 / 2015

City Staff Contact

Janine McCormick, Health Department, 703.746.4956.