Alexandria to Begin Comprehensive Community-Driven Health Assessment

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Alexandria to Begin Comprehensive Community-Driven Health Assessment

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2018

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The Alexandria Health Department will host a kick-off meeting for a community health assessment process, on Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at First Baptist Church (2932 King St.). In addition to introducing participants and describing the year-long process of assessing community health, the event aims to understand the main health concerns of Alexandria’s diverse residents.  

Over the next year, Alexandria will develop a comprehensive Community Health Assessment. The process represents a grassroots effort to identify and address key health issues affecting Alexandria residents. Specifically, the assessment will gather information ranging from quality of life to prevalence of risk factors, causes of health inequity, and the effectiveness of public health systems across Alexandria.  Results will inform community decision-making, prioritization, and planning.

The assessment framework, used by communities and local health departments around the country, aims to ensure that the process is community-driven, with representation from all voices in Alexandria. This assessment process lays the foundation for improved health throughout the community.

The April 26th kick off meeting is free and open to the public; attendees are asked to register online. Alexandria Health Department will also be providing Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic translators.  

To register for the free Community Health Assessment Kick-Off Meeting or learn more about the community health assessment process, visit alexandriava.gov/Health.

For media inquiries, contact Raashi Rastogi, Alexandria Health Department Communications Officer, at raashi.rastogi@vdh.virginia.gov or 703.746.4835.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email raashi.rastogi@vdh.virginia.gov, or call 703.746.4835, Virginia Relay 711.

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This news release is available at www.alexandriava.gov/103629.

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