Public Health week

New Initiatives Launched in 2009

April 6, 2009

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April 6-12, 2009, Public Health Week in Fairfax County in an effort to raise awareness about public health's critical role in the community. On a daily basis, the Fairfax County Health Department promotes healthy behaviors and addresses a broad range of public health issues that range from preventing the spread of communicable diseases to food safety, and protection from environmental hazards to emergency preparedness and response.

This year, the Health Department is working on a number of new programs, outreach efforts, and safety reviews, including:

  • The launch of the "MOMS" website this month, giving qualified expectant mothers important care.
  • The Health Department's inspections of hundreds of pools for compliance of new federal law, The Virginia Graeme Pool & Spa Safety Act.
  • The Health Department's partnership with the newly created Northern Virginia Clergy Council. For the first time in Fairfax County, African American religious leaders are helping to educate the community about HIV.

"We are working to strengthen our local public health system through new and unprecedented partnerships in the community," said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax County Health Director. "Building capacity creates functional partnerships which enable our agency to tap into vital community assets that can enhance our delivery of public health services to our diverse community."

This week, the Health Department will also focus on educating the public about issues that continue to directly impact Fairfax County residents in 2009:

  • Food Safety
    • The latest information on food recalls.
    • The Be Food Safe campaign encourages the public to follow the four maxims of food safety: CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK, and CHILL.
  • Hand Washing
    • Informing the public that the single most effective method for preventing the spread of germs is to wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

Building the Foundation for a Healthy America is the national theme of Public Health Week this year.

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