Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.

703-246-2411 | TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Health

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As an agency of the Fairfax County Health and Human Services System, we work to protect, promote and improve health and quality of life for all who live, work and play in our community. We do this by preventing epidemics and the spread of disease, protecting the public against environmental hazards, promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors, assuring the quality and accessibility of health services, responding to natural and man-made disasters, and assisting communities in recovery. Our vision is for all Fairfax County residents to live in thriving communities where every person has the opportunity to be healthy, safe and realize his or her potential.

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Volunteers going through a Point of Dispensing exercise

May 16, 2019
Want to see public health emergency response in action and help your community? Volunteer to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack. Fairfax County Health Department is calling for volunteers on July 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to travel through a simulated medication dispensing site at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, Va.  Although no actual medications will be handed out, public health staff and volunteers will go through the same procedures and protocols that they would use to dispense medications in a real disaster.  People of all ages, including parents with young children, people with disabilities, college students and faculty, scouts, community groups, seniors, members of faith-based communities, corporate employees and the public are encouraged to register in advance. No special training or experience is needed. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Participants should allow for two hours for the exercise. Watch this video to see what it will be like to walk through a Point of Dispensing site, or POD. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Sullivan, Training and Exercise Coordinator, at elizabeth.sullivan@fairfaxcounty.gov. Click Here to Volunteer We hope to see you on July 19th.

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May 13, 2019
Join the Fairfax Food Council (FFC) and Faith Communities in Action (FCIA) on May 22 as we explore ways to make healthy, affordable food more accessible to everyone in our community. The 2019 Fairfax Food Equity Summit will bring community members and organizations together to examine Fairfax County’s food system through an equity lens. 2019 Fairfax Food Equity Summit Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 Online Registration Requested – Deadline: May 15, 2019 More than 56,000 residents in Fairfax County experience food insecurity, not having access to nutritious food on any given day, according to data from Feeding America. “While our food system works for some, it unfortunately does not work for all,” said Terri Siggins, FFC’s Project Manager. “Many of our marginalized and underserved communities are confronted with barriers to accessing food. Over the years policies and practices have created intentional and unintentional inequities ˗ racial, cultural, social, physical and economic,” Siggins says. “Fairfax County and the Fairfax Food Council both share a vision for a vibrant food system where healthy, accessible and affordable food is valued as a basic human right.” Guest speakers at the summit will include Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III, Founder, Black Church Food Security Network, Karla Bruce, Fairfax County Chief Equity Officer, and Hanh Le, Executive Director of the Weissberg Foundation. Together with stakeholders from across the community, they’ll examine the challenges and factors causing barriers around food access and identify collective solutions that will lead to equitable outcomes for all. “This discussion is the first of many that will help stakeholders to begin to see and think about their work and their role within the food system differently, and to ultimately become champions of advancing food equity in Fairfax County,” said Dawn Hyman, Community Capacity Builder with Neighborhood and Community Services and an FFC Executive Committee member. “The Food Council is excited to be hosting this event with the FCIA given that our faith community has and continues to be a vital stakeholder in helping to create and shape a vibrant, healthy, accessible, and equitable food system.” In preparation for the summit, attendees were invited to participate in the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Racial Equity Challenge. The 21-day challenge began on April 1 and included daily email prompts with a short videos, readings or audio files addressing key topics surrounding racial equity and food justice. Chris Garris, FFC Chair and Britepaths’ Program Chair, noted that Britepaths’ staff benefited from participating in the Racial Equity Challenge. “Britepaths is proud of its food program that provides residents of Fairfax county access to healthy foods that are appropriate to their dietary and cultural need,” Garris said. “The structure of our programs empower families to make food decisions that resonate with them. I am excited that the summit highlights the importance of raising awareness to offer options and access to families in need.” Seating for this event is limited, so please register by May 15. For more information about the Food Council, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/food-council/. About the Fairfax Food Council The council was established in fall of 2015 as an initiative of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax. Founded on the premise that healthy, accessible and affordable food is a basic human right, the coalition represents government, non-profit agencies, the business sector, faith-based groups and concerned citizens who advocate for food system and policy changes that benefit Fairfax communities, especially underserved communities.  At the heart of their mission is to promote collaborative efforts that seek to address food inequities and promote a healthier population in Fairfax County.   2019 Fairfax Food Equity Summit Speakers   Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III, Founder, Black Church Food Security Network Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.  In 2015, Dr. Brown launched the Black Church Food Security Network which combats food insecurity by helping historic African American congregations establish or expand gardens on church-owned land. The Network also links black churches and black farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency, Black food, and land sovereignty. Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation Speaker, Equity and Philanthropy Hanh Le oversees strategy development, stakeholder engagement, grant-making, and operations at the Weissberg Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the chief program officer at Exponent Philanthropy, where she led educational programming, content development and internal learning efforts. Hanh co-chairs the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Racial Equity Working Group and the Metro-DC chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and she serves on the boards of Asian American LEAD, North Capital Main Street, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and Innovation Network. Karla Bruce, Chief Equity Officer, Fairfax County Government Karla Bruce has over 20 years of local government management experience and is known as a driver of innovation in public service delivery, bridging the efforts of local government with the collective action of residents and broad networks of partners to strategically address issues facing vulnerable populations and neighborhoods.  Karla currently serves as the Chief Equity Officer for Fairfax County, Virginia where she successfully championed the adoption of the One Fairfax Racial and Social Equity Resolution and Policy and provides overall management of the One Fairfax strategic framework, advising and supporting the Board of Supervisors and Executive Leadership in shaping and directing the policy and practice to foster equitable opportunity for all Fairfax County residents.

May 9, 2019
Jessica Ong State Health Commissioner Dr. M. Norman Oliver today presented the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) 2019 Public Health Nurse of the Year award to Yvonne Creech, who runs the nursing home screening program for the Suffolk Health Department in the Western Tidewater Health District. Creech’s love for public health, her dedication and her passion for improving her community’s health has led to her recognition as Virginia’s 2019 Public Health Nurse of the Year. Runners up for this year’s prestigious award included three Regional Nurses of the Year: Jessica Ong, Fairfax County Health Department (Northern Region); Joanna Cirillo, Chickahominy Health District (Central Region); and Careen Rodgers, West Piedmont Health District (Western Region). Ong is a nurse liaison, performing chronic disease care coordination for clients enrolled in the Community Health Care Network. She works with clients in their homes to better manage diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and other conditions.  "My goal is to empower people to make their own health decisions and own health goals because I want to show that health decisions aren't just made in your doctor's office, or in a hospital by your nurse or a physician. It starts with you," Ong says. The announcement of Virginia’s Public Health Nurse of the Year falls during National Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Read the full announcement. Watch this video to find out more about Fairfax County's Nurse of the Year.

About the Health & Human Services System

This agency is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work and play in Fairfax County.