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 22, 2021 at 8:45 AM

Introduction

On May 12, 1981, the Alexandria City Council passed an ordinance to create the Public Health Advisory Commission (PHAC). The PHAC's 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 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

  • Andrew Romero (Chair), Non-Health Professional
  • Melissa Riddy, INOVA Alexandria Hospital Representative
  • Stacy Biddinger, Non-Health Professional
  • Patrick Killeen, Non-Health Professional
  • Jessica Hill, Practicing Dentist Representative
  • Kathleen Hicks, Non-Health Professional
  • Patricia Rodgers, Health Professional
  • Allison Miner, Non-Health Professional
  • Michael C. Trahos, MD, Practicing Physician Representative
  • Sydney Etheredge, Health Professional Citizen member
  • Richard Merritt, Non-Health Professional
  • Jeanann Mayhan, Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria Steering Committee Representative
  • Brian Hricik, Fire Department Representative

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

Schedule and Meeting Information

Unless otherwise noted in the list below, the Public Health Advisory Commission 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. Click here for the 2021 PHAC Calendar.

2021 Agenda and Meeting Minutes

  • January 21, 2021
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the January 21, 2021 meeting of the Public Health Advisory Commission is being held electronically, pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020 or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person in the City Council Chamber at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom  A recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870]. Public comment will be received at the meeting. The Public may make comment prior to the meeting via email at casey.colzani@vdh.virginia.gov.
    • Meeting Recording: https://zoom.us/rec/play/TYKZ2n4Gd16tJgKlUx5YhhWa8TXL4fWTRe5m_DTsP5UoiaIp_bBFiT0T0W8YVTo8OYC5uYG5vHwiEjAZ.AwDZqBXR2wOkxuRr?startTime=1611267329000

  • February 18, 2021 - CANCELED -   Rescheduled March 4, 2021
      • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the March 4, 2021 meeting of the Public Health Advisory Commission is being held electronically, pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020 or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person in the City Council Chamber at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom  A recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870. Public comment will be received at the meeting. The Public may make comment prior to the meeting via email at casey.colzani@vdh.virginia.gov.
      • Meeting Recording:  https://zoom.us/rec/share/FvFEyY-U05dfoR-KUGMbvXbhIjgSdMuqCpwGQejK89C9h8XQSvc2oKL1tkQEwLVj.MZqRSn2voEoa0jUB?startTime=1614894509000
  • March 18, 2021 
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the March 18, 2021 meeting of the Public Health Advisory Commission is being held electronically, pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020 or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person in the City Council Chamber at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom  A recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870. Public comment will be received at the meeting. The Public may make comment prior to the meeting via email at casey.colzani@vdh.virginia.gov.
  • April 15, 2021
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the April 15, 2021 meeting of the Public Health Advisory Commission is being held electronically, pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020 or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person in the City Council Chamber at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom  A recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870. Public comment will be received at the meeting. The Public may make comment prior to the meeting via email at casey.colzani@vdh.virginia.gov.
  • May 20, 2021
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the May 20, 2021 meeting of the Public Health Advisory Commission is being held electronically, pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020 or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person in the City Council Chamber at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom  A recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870. Public comment will be received at the meeting. The Public may make comment prior to the meeting via email at casey.colzani@vdh.virginia.gov.
  • June 17, 2021
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the June 17, 2021 meeting is being held electronically pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020 or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person in the City Council Chamber at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom, in additions a recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870.
      Public comment will be received at the meeting. The Public may make comment prior to the meeting via email at casey.colzani@vdh.virginia.gov
    • Meeting Recording: https://zoom.us/rec/play/IcrEvXXHmLVXD5ntb2no6Xk0f8sBN6QCGGYBS0DuIfJWoN7oU-kx2GmBYZcXTrpevRTYhknLApMyJu7B.KzbYZBxoO7wie0Jv

  • July 15, 2021 - Canceled

  • August 19, 2021- Make Up July Session
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the August 19, 2021 meeting is being held electronically pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020 or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person in the City Council Chamber at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom, in additions a recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870.
      Public comment will be received at the meeting.
      • The Public may make comment prior to the meeting via email at casey.colzani@vdh.virginia.gov
  • CANCELED September 16, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY October 27, 2021 
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the October 27, 2021 meeting is being held electronically pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020  to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom, in additions a recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870.

      Public comment will be  received at the meeting.
    • Meeting Recording:   https://zoom.us/rec/play/lMrURBpD8pQVZuh3pM9Zwomnnp37u9SkQpAstsNkjdF_Cc4W50OPG9EgD3b9tR561fHAHTFYxvFsRq1h.w1oRZl7QRRFyE6E2
  • November 18, 2021
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the November 18, 2021 meeting is being held electronically pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020  to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom, in additions a recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870.
    • Meeting Recording:https://zoom.us/rec/play/agMcCiSPF72-dee4TN8sMY9W9R3rZqRyUrZ6FxwwtNZwmPxnaJvaNq4UWS3QuftBNcfouyG5eUUKqv2W.JT5lrEizGxCfKRVu
  • December 16, 2021
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the December 16, 2021 meeting is being held electronically pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020  to undertake essential business. All of the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person. Electronic access will be provided in either event. The meeting can be accessed by the public through: Zoom, in additions a recording of the meeting will be provided on the Public Health Advisory Commission web page https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=14870.
    • Meeting Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j57tWxu7QvGBbJYh5zFEeA

Ad-Hoc and Workgroup Meetings (Located at 4480 King Street, 4th floor unless otherwise noted)


Archived Agenda and Meeting Minutes

Annual Reports

2017 2016 / 2015

City Staff Contact

Casey Colzani, Health Department, 703.746.4956


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