Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award
2023 Winner: Mr. Allen Lomax
In 2023, the Public Health Advisory Council awarded the Flora K. Casey Public Health Award to Mr. Allen Lomax.
Lomax has served Alexandria for 21 years as chair of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria (PHA). Lomax led the Partnership through two community health assessments (CHAs) and community health improvement plans (CHIPs).
Some of Lomax’s more recent PHA efforts center around the CHIP grant management process. The PHA has granted over $80,000 to 10 organizations over the past three years using Lomax’s process.
Outside of the PHA, Lomax worked to help create Hunger Free Alexandria and successfully advocated for City funding to expand the ALIVE! Food Warehouse.
As the chair of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA), he teamed with the Alexandria Health Department and Alexandria City Public Schools to administer regular health surveys of adolescents and teenagers. These surveys guide strategic planning and programming for Alexandria’s youth.
Allen continues to actively volunteer and lead in Alexandria. His peers and neighbors recognize his passion for making Alexandria a healthier place.
Join the Public Health Advisory Commission to celebrate Allen Lomax on November 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Alexandria City Hall. Review details in the calendar invitation.
2023 Flora Krause Casey Public Health Awards
Individuals or organizations who exemplify the legacy of Flora Krause Casey and who themselves have made a significant impact on Alexandrians’ public health and well-being (physical, behavioral, mental, and oral health) are eligible for the Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award. Nominees will be eligible if they fit into one of the following four criteria:
- An individual/organization whose efforts have improved the health and quality of life of Alexandrians;
- An individual/organization whose dedication to public service has helped prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles, improve access to health services, and/or ensure appropriate health care for vulnerable Alexandrians;
- An individual/organization whose work has improved the health of vulnerable and underserved Alexandria residents;
- An individual/organization whose efforts have helped to reduce health disparities.
Nominations for 2023 are now closed. Stay tuned for more information about 2024 nominations.
About Flora K. Casey
Flora Krause Casey (1904-1991) was a longtime resident of Alexandria and a dedicated advocate for the health of people who are underserved. In the late 1930s, Mrs. Casey assumed responsibility for a clinic that the Kiwanis Club formed to provide pre-camp physical exams. After two years of providing those services, clinic staff understood that the clinics' patients required more comprehensive medical services. Mrs. Casey fostered this clinic’s growth to meet expanding community needs. She was especially gifted at generating volunteer support and raising funds. It is in her honor that the Public Health Advisory Commission and Health Department continue her legacy by seeking and recognizing other individuals of like purpose, devotion, community advocacy, and leadership.