Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia



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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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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Health Department News

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 OfficerContact Information Fairfax County Health Department John.Silcox@fairfaxcounty.gov703-246-8635, 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        

Four members of the Environmental Health Strike Team: Lois Maisel, John Yetman, Isaac Robertson and Ron Campbell

February 8, 2018
Environmental health specialists from Fairfax County are among those being deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with the long-term recovery efforts from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Virginia will send two Environmental Health strike teams to the islands this weekend. The teams, deployed through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), also include specialists from Virginia Department of Health and Henrico, Roanoke, Three Rivers and Alexandria health districts. The group from Fairfax includes five environmental health specialists, including one who is also a registered nurse. The deployment is in response to an EMAC request from the Virgin Islands for strike teams to assist with identifying, monitoring, assessing and mitigating environmental health hazards. Members of the teams are expected to depart for the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix on Feb. 11 and return on Feb. 27. Working with local officials, the teams will conduct inspections of food service establishments and other regulated facilities and provide education on environmental health and sanitation issues on the islands. Environmental health specialists have been deployed before to assist with critical public health issues like food and water safety during emergencies, but this is the first time a team from Fairfax has been activated. “We are excited and honored to be able to provide assistance to areas affected by those devastating storms,” said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax Health Director. “I want to thank the members of our team for their compassionate service. I know they will provide to the residents and visitors of the U.S. Virgin Islands the same professionalism and high quality service to which the citizens of the Fairfax have come to expect. “We wish them a safe and successful journey.” More information on this deployment can be found at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Team Composition, with Fairfax County members highlighted: Environmental Health Specialists Isaac Robertson, Ron Campbell, John Yetman and Lois Maisel from Fairfax. Not pictured: Ebonie Miller.St. Thomas/St. John District Team John Yetman (Fairfax County Environmental Health Supervisor) Lois Maisel (Fairfax County Environmental Health Specialist) Ebonie Miller (Fairfax County Environmental Health Specialist) David Geeson (Office of Environmental Health Services Environmental Health Manager) Monae Holifield (Chesapeake Health District Environmental Health Specialist Sr.) Kirsten Dobson (Richmond City Health District Environmental Health Specialist Sr.) Todd Grubbs (Office of Environmental Health Services Environmental Heath Coordinator) St. Croix District Team Deborah Hoy (Office of Drinking Water Environmental Health Consultant) Jerene Beyer (Henrico Health District Environmental Health Specialist Sr.) Isaac Robertson (Fairfax County Environmental Heath Specialist) Ron Campbell (Fairfax County Environmental Health Specialist Sr.) Kendra Washington (Alexandria Health District Environmental Health Specialist Sr.) Tiffany Johnson (Alexandria Health District Environmental Health Specialist)    

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December 19, 2017
Ten county eateries recognized for outstanding food safety practices The Fairfax County Health Department has announced the winners of its 14 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award for 2017.  Ten local food service operations, including two catering companies, two fast-casual Mexican restaurants, a local high school, a Fortune 500 company café, a grocery store, and a group home for girls, are being recognized for maintaining outstanding food safety practices and employee education. This year’s winners were selected from the more than 3,400 permitted establishments inspected each year by environmental health specialists with the Health Department.  The 2017 recipients of the Fairfax County Health Department’s 14 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award are: Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale. Atrium Catering & Event Design, 263 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon. Aurora House Girls Group Home, 420 South Maple Ave., Falls Church. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 8971 Ox Road, Lorton. FLIK at Freddie Mac HQ4 Café, 1551 Park Run Dr., McLean. Moe’s Southwest Grill, 5005 Westone Plaza, Chantilly. Qdoba, 10338 Main St., Fairfax. Ruby Tuesday, 7692 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Simply Elegant, 11600 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston. Wegman’s Food Markets, 11620 Monument Dr., Fairfax. We instituted this awards program to recognize food service facilities that place a high importance on food safety practices and policies, said Environmental Health Director Pieter Sheehan. While every food service facility is required to meet minimum food safety requirements, these ten establishments are to be commended for going above and beyond to safeguard their patrons from the risks of foodborne illness. In receiving the award, Robert Henry with Wegman’s Food Markets noted: Food safety is more than our mission — it is the beacon that guides our day. Food service establishments can be nominated for the award by members of the food service industry, the public, or from health inspectors. An awards team from the Health Department reviews the nominations and selects winners. Awardees receive a plaque and recognition in the Department’s newsletter and website. To be eligible for consideration, recipients of the 14 Carrot Gold awards cannot have any critical violations during inspections conducted in the last 24 months, and no more than six non-critical violations in the past year. The facility must also have a valid permit to operate and be in good standing with the Health Department. 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. Health inspectors look for potential risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness, such as an unapproved food source, poor food employee hygiene, improper cooking temperatures, inadequate cold and hot holding of food, and cleanliness of food contact surfaces. The department 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 food safety trainings and workshops. For more information about the food safety program or to review inspection reports, visit or call 703-246-2444, TTY 711.




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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.