Health Department Presentations for 2011
November 1, 2011
At the November 1, 2011 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed December 1 as AIDS Awareness Day to coincide with the international recognition, World AIDS Day.
The Board encourages all residents to know their HIV status by getting tested regularly and to participate in activities and observances designed to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS.
David Hoover of the Inova Juniper program accepted the proclamation on behalf of all community partners which work together to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our community. David thanked the Board, "To address this epidemic-and, in particular, the disproportionate impact on certain segments of our community-partners in HIV prevention throughout the Fairfax community are working together. These partners include the Fairfax County Health Department, Community Interfaith Coordination, KI Services, Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, and the Inova Juniper Program, where I work. These partners, together with numerous African American churches, have created the Northern Virginia Clergy Council for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS. Fairfax County should be proud of its efforts to create synergy. I like to say that the county created a spine from which grew more HIV prevention efforts in the African American faith community than ever before. Because of the work of the Council, churches in the region have begun hosting HIV testing and creating HIV prevention ministries. Most important, lives are being changed."
The Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 2011 as Prematurity Awareness Month in Fairfax County. The Board urges all residents to take steps to educate themselves, their families, and the community about how to prevent premature birth.
Approximately one in ten births is premature in Fairfax County—born before 37 weeks of gestation—and is the leading cause of death among newborn babies according to the CDC.
The number of premature births can be reduced when expectant mothers choose a healthy lifestyle that includes a prenatal diet rich in folic acid, medical care before and during pregnancy, and knowing how to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of pre-term labor.
Learn more on the Health Department’s “Saving Babies” webpage.
August 2, 2011
The Board of Supervisors declared the month of September Food Safety Education Month in Fairfax County to coincide with the national recognition. Board members encourage the food service industry, as well as residents, to participate in activities that promote safe food handling and preparation.
National Food Safety Education Month was created in 1994 to heighten the
awareness about the importance of food safety education. This year's
theme is "Lessons Learned from the Health Inspection." Throughout
the month, the health department and the food service industry will work
together to promote food safety education and encourage additional
training for food service employees. More…
July 26, 2011
At the July 26 meeting, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed September 2011 as Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) Appreciation Month in Fairfax County. DSPs provide quality care for individuals who have age-related or other disabilities and need long-term services to live as independently as possible.
Members of the Fairfax Long Term Care Coordinating Council, DSPs, and citizens of Fairfax County assembled in the Board Auditorium for the special recognition. A reception at the Government Center was held ahead of the proclamation ceremony to thank DSPs for their daily, conscientious, hands-on care.
Junja Oh, a Direct Support Professional with the Korean Central Senior Center, accepted the proclamation on behalf of all DSPs in the county. Speaking to the board members, Ms. Oh said, "people like me who are happy and have a willing heart to help other people, pray to be able to make our community a better place. I know the many people here with me today are committed to their jobs because it makes a difference in so many lives.
To learn more please visit the Long Term Care Coordinating Council's web page.
June 27, 2011
The Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 27, 2011 as HIV Testing Day in Fairfax County and encourages all residents to know their HIV status by getting tested regularly. The Fairfax County Health Department offers free and anonymous HIV testing. View the health department's STD testing schedule.
June 21, 2011
During the June 21, 2011 Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Board proclaimed June 26 - July 2 as Mosquito Control Awareness Week in Fairfax County. Dr. Jorge Arias, Disease Carrying Insects Program (DCIP) Supervisor, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Health Department and thanked the Board for its support.
During Mosquito Control Awareness Week, DCIP emphasizes the importance of personal protection and prevention. Residents are encouraged to wear insect repellent containing DEET when spending time outdoors and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites from around their home. The health department also promotes environmentally sound mosquito control practices throughout the county and offers educational materials in many languages.
Learn more about mosquito control and West Nile virus prevention.
Read the Health Department's book, What's Bugging You? - Mosquitoes and Ticks.
April 26, 2011
The Board of Supervisors designated the month May 2011 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Jorge Arias, PhD, Health Department Entomologist and Disease Carrying Insects Program Manager, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the community. Dr. Arias thanked the Board saying, "the most important part that we emphasize is personal protection."
The Board also presented a Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Arias "for his lifetime of work to improve the quality of life in Fairfax County and around the world demonstrated by the development of outstanding multifaceted mosquito and tick surveillance programs using sound scientific practices, development and distribution of effective tools, and commitment to continuing education for himself, his coworkers, and the people of Fairfax County."
Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected dear tick. More than 280 new cases of Lyme disease were reported in Fairfax County in 2010. The best way to protect yourself is to prevent tick bites.
Learn more about preventing Lyme disease.
Read the Health Department's new book, What's Bugging You? - Mosquitoes and Ticks.
April 26, 2011
At the April 26 meeting, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed May 6 - 12 as Nurses Week in Fairfax County. Charlene Douglas, PhD, Associate Professor of Nursing and Coordinator for Community Health Nursing at George Mason University, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the more than 6,000 nurses working in the Fairfax community.
Dr. Douglas thanked the Board for this recognition saying, "The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise public awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the vital roles registered nurses play… from staff nurse, to educator, to nurse practitioner, and nurse researcher… through my work at George Mason University, it is my pleasure to help prepare our community's next generation of nurses."
This annual recognition commemorates the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The theme of this year's Nurse Week recognition, Nurses Trusted to Care, reflects a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions, and honors a workforce who play a vital role in the health of our community.
Learn more about Nurses Week on the American Nurses Association website.
March 29, 2011
The Board of Supervisors designated April 4-10, 2011 as Public Health Week in Fairfax County. The 2011 theme is "Safety is No Accident." The Board highlighted that "creating a healthier community starts with creating a safer community and requires each of us to take preventive steps at home, at work, at play, on the move and in our community."
Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu accepted the proclamation on behalf of the community. Dr. Addo-Ayensu acknowledged Police, Fire and Rescue, Office of Emergency Management, Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, and others for their contributions to public health. "We can work together as a community to improve safety and promote good health. Everyone can help raise awareness about injury and violence prevention in their community," said Dr. Addo-Ayensu.
Learn more about what you can to do during Public Health Week and throughout the year on the Health Department's website.
March 29, 2011
The Board of Supervisors proclaimed the month of April 2011 as Childhood Immunization Awareness Month in Fairfax County. The Board recognized that the health department is "proactively working with schools, health care providers and other community partners to implement a strategy for increasing the compliance rate of childhood immunizations." Marlene Blum, Chair of the Healthcare Advisory Board, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the community.
The health department reminds all parents that the childhood immunization series is essential to protect youngsters against preventable diseases. Learn more about childhood immunizations on the Health Department's website.
March 8, 2011
The Board of Supervisors proclaimed the month of March 2011 as Tuberculosis Awareness Month in Fairfax County. This recognition coincides with World TB Day on March 24. The theme of this year's recognition is "TB elimination: Together We Can!"
Fairfax County Health Department Tuberculosis Physician Consultant Dr. Ronald Karpick accepted the proclamation on behalf of the community. Dr. Karpick acknowledged the community partners who work together to prevent and control TB. He said, “We thank them and honor them for their professionalism and problem-solving skills, as they support the work of the Health Department in TB control... creativity, flexibility and responsiveness are key attributes of these team members. We thank these essential partners for their dedication to their work which results in improved outcomes for those with TB disease and the health of the community as a whole.”
This recognition marks the 129th anniversary of the discovery of the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. The Board encourages everyone to learn more about how to stop TB. The Virginia Department of Health reported in 2010, TB disease developed in 268 Virginia residents,87 of whom live in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Health Department is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to educate, investigate, and provide care to all Fairfax County residents who are infected, or who have active TB disease, through our community partnerships
TB is spread through the air from one person to another when someone who is sick with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, laughs, sings, or sneezes Learn more about tuberculosis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Certificate of Recognition: County Health Rankings
February 8, 2011
At the February 8, 2011 meeting, the Board of Supervisors presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Health Department "for its outstanding work, resulting in Fairfax County being selected as the healthiest county in Virginia in the first-ever nationwide County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute - based on measures of health outcomes, including length and quality of life and health factors such as distinction of clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment. "
Health Director Gloria Addo-Ayensu accepted the certificate on behalf of all health department employees. Dr. Addo-Ayensu thanked the Board for the recognition saying, "the highly favorable health outcomes which has earned the Fairfax community its number one ranking is the result of an engaged and dedicated local public health system working together as a community. As you have heard me say many times, public health is a shared responsibility of not only health care providers and public health agencies, but a wide array of entities in the community, which ultimately is everyone in our community. So, our role is to engage our community in a way that crystallizes for everyone the important contributions that each individual and organization has in shaping the social and environmental determinants that influences health outcomes, with the goal of reducing health disparities and achieving optimal health and well-being for all those who live, work and play here."
To learn more about County Health Rankings, visit the County Health Rankings webpage for Virginia.