Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Our administration office is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

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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WHAT WE DO

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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Springfield Academy Director Jennifer Schwitz and Administrative Support Professional Angela Todd accept a certificate of recognition from Christine Carlock with the Fairfax County Health Department.

April 26, 2018
Springfield Academy earns praise for efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of children For their contributions to protecting health and well-being of children in our community, Springfield Academy was recognized by the Fairfax County Health Department today as part of its National Infant Immunization Week activities. Watch the recognition event on Facebook. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined together to recognize the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. Springfield Academy’s compliance with state immunization requirements earned them congratulations from the Health Department. The family owned and operated school requires an up-to-date immunization record for every enrolled child every six months until the child is 2 years old. After age 2, the school requires updated records at the beginning of the year and includes reminders in its monthly newsletter. “When parents know it is a common practice within the school and are held accountable many times we do not even have to request the documents as they just automatically get a copy for us at the child's well check appointments,” said Angela Todd, Administrative Support Professional. In celebration of NIIW, the Health Department and its community partners participated in these additional activities: Each District Office is giving gift bags to the parents of infants who are immunized in our clinics this week; gift bags include a sippy cup, a bib, and an educational handout on the immunization schedule; and Carlock performed a puppet show for the Main Street Child Care Development Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, as a fun way for kids to learn about the importance of immunizations; and Children at the Fairfax KinderCare, 9749 Main St., colored pictures to show why vaccines help give them a healthy start in life. “Young children rely on the champions in their lives to keep them safe and healthy,” says Christine Carlock, RN, the Health Department’s Immunization Action Plan Coordinator. “We commend Springfield Academy, KinderCare and the other businesses, community-based organizations and service groups who ensure all children are fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization.” “Vaccines are the most successful and cost-effective public health tool available for preventing disease and death. They not only protect individuals, but they protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.” For more information on immunization services available at the Fairfax County Health Department, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunizations. For more information on NIIW, go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw. ###

Chick Fil A Staff iInstall STAMP decal

April 16, 2018
The Fairfax County Health Department has launched a new voluntary enrollment program, Safety Through Actively Managing Practices (STAMP), for food service operations that meet a set of standards developed by the department. STAMP requires that food service operations adopt a proactive approach to reduce foodborne illness risk factors through the use of Active Managerial Control (AMC). AMC includes having strong written policies, recurring employee trainings, and various monitoring activities such as the use of temperature logs. STAMP enrollees demonstrate AMC through a rigorous evaluation of their records and processes and by maintaining high performance on inspections. The Health Department modeled the standards for STAMP after best practices outlined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the FDA Food Code, the national model for food service sanitation standards. The FDA recognizes AMC practices as essential for controlling foodborne illness risk factors and encourages regulators to take an active role in assessing and facilitating the development of AMC in food service establishments. Through the STAMP Program, food establishments can partner with the Health Department to evaluate and strengthen their food safety management systems to make a positive impact on foodborne illness. Two food service operations, Chick Fil-A and Joe’s Crab Shack in Fair Lakes, and two school pyramids, Westfield and Falls Church, are the first enrollees in the program. STAMP participants receive a certificate of enrollment, a window decal, and recognition on the Health Department’s website and Food for Thought newsletter. “Dedication to AMC demonstrates that a food operator is meeting the standards of excellence in food safety,” says Environmental Health Director Pieter Sheehan. “We congratulate our newest participants and we hope more food operators will adopt AMC practices and enroll in STAMP.” Food service operators can apply to the STAMP program at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/food/awards-programs/stamp. Environmental health specialists from the Fairfax County Health Department review the application and supporting documents and make a site visit before deciding if the facility is accepted into the program. STAMP participants must also fulfill certain maintenance activities to remain enrolled in the program. The Health Department’s Environmental Health division conducts close to 8,500 site visits at more than 3,400 restaurant and food service establishments annually in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The division also reviews food establishment plans; responds to citizen complaints and inquiries; investigates foodborne illness outbreaks to determine the source and to minimize the spread of disease; provides food safety information; and holds trainings and workshops to help food service establishments achieve excellence in food safety. For more information about the STAMP program or to learn more about food safety, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/food or call 703-246-2444, TTY 711.  

March 23, 2018
Fairfax County health officials are warning residents about the serious health risks, including injury and infection, associated with dental procedures performed by unlicensed providers. Recently the Health Department identified a person with a life-threatening blood-borne infection who received dental care by an unlicensed provider in the basement of a house in West Falls Church. Although the investigation is ongoing and it is not certain that the individual’s infection was the result of the unlicensed dental procedure, the Health Department would like to warn the public about the health risks associated with unlicensed dental procedures. “In an unsanitary basement with unsterile tools, even the best-trained dentist can cause more harm than good,” says Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, Director of Epidemiology and Population Health. “People who undergo these unlicensed procedures are risking their health and safety.” Out of an abundance of caution, the Health Department is recommending anyone who received dental care in this manner see a healthcare provider to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, which are all spread through blood exposure. “These are serious infections that may not have outwards symptoms for many years so even those who feel well now should be tested as a precaution,” Dr. Schwartz said. The Health Department is working with law enforcement to investigate and stop the unlicensed dentist from practicing. At the same time, the Department understands that many people do not have dental insurance and that affordable dental care is not readily available to everyone in the community. Therefore, some people may seek other avenues of care out of necessity. For all persons in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with unlicensed dental practices and how to recognize unsafe practices. These signs include: If the dental provider operates out of their home instead of an office; If the dental provider does not wash his/her hands before putting on gloves and touching your mouth; If the dental provider uses a needle and syringe that was not taken from a new sealed, single use package; If the dental provider uses damaged, dirty, or rusting equipment during your dental procedure; and If the dental provider does not give you information on how to take care of your wound after the dental procedure, the signs and symptoms of an infection, and what to do if an infection occurs. By law, all dentists must be licensed to practice in the state of Virginia. You can look up your dentist to make sure he or she has a current Virginia dental license at the Department of Health Professions website. Fairfax County Health Department provides dental services to children whose families are income eligible and/or to whom treatment is not available in the private sector. A list of other clinics in northern Virginia that offer low-cost, preventative and emergency dental care can be found below. The Health Department also provides a list of confidential HIV testing locations on its website.   Contact Name John Silcox, Public Safety Information Officer Contact Information Fairfax County Health Department John.Silcox@fairfaxcounty.gov 703-246-8635, TTY 711 ### Dental Clinics   Name Phone Number Address Routine Care Emergency Care Cost / Eligibility Spanish Language HealthWorks 703-481-8160 1141 3rd floor, Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170 Yes No Sliding Scale fee-must enroll as a HealthWorks member YES Medstar Washington Hospital Center 202-877-6737 110 Irving Street NW Washington, D.C. NO. YES. No sliding scale. DC Medicaid accepted. $125 for consultation & $100-$125 for extraction YES Northern Virginia Community College 703-822-6655 6699 Springfield Dr., Springfield, VA 22150 YES. 7-10 day wait list. NO. Only pain management care. No insurance accepted. First visit $125. All cleanings after first visit $35. Sliding scale fee for all other procedures. YES Northern Virginia Dental Clinic 703-820-7170 8221 Willow Oak Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 YES. NO. Referrals through social services. No cost. YES Neighborhood Health 703-535-5568 Four locations: *4480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 *6677 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306 *7501 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003 *2120 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204 YES. Wait list varies, but usually within 2 weeks NO. Provides referrals. Accepts Medicaid and other insurance. Patients meet with staff prior to visit to determine YES Smiles for Children 888-912-3456 Service will link you to care with a provider in your area. Service will link to care. Service will link to care. Medicaid for persons aged 20 years and younger or currently pregnant women with Medicaid. Some necessary oral surgeries for adults. YES Smiles Change Lives 888-900-3554 Service will link you to care with a provider in your area. Service will link to care. Service will link to care.   YES        

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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.