National Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2023

Submitted by xlschwa on Thu, 08/24/2023 - 2:14 pm

BreastfeedingAugust is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and World Breastfeeding Week is recognized August 1-7. According to the Virginia Department of Health, breast milk is the only food that infants need for the first six months of life. It gives them all the nutrition they need along with important protection against diseases.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Volunteer Cindy Han Steps Up to Impact Public Health

Submitted by xlschwa on Thu, 05/18/2023 - 8:41 am

Black and white newspaper clipping of a photo of people with text below it
Newspaper clipping shows photo of President Bush (front), Cindy Han (back right), and others at Asian-Pacific week proclamation signing in 1989.

For decades, Cindy Han has been a champion of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community both nationally and locally.  

Food Facility Expands, Providing Customer Support with Care and Dignity 

Submitted by apearc on Fri, 02/10/2023 - 9:20 am

Food for Others, a regional food bank and member of the Fairfax County Food Council, held a grand opening of its Merrifield 10,000 square foot addition to its public-facing market on Thursday, February 9. In its first two weeks, over 82,000 pounds of food have been shared with more than 8,400 customers; figures that underscore the deep need to address food insecurity during the trend of rising costs for local families. 

Symposium at Oakland Baptist Church in Alexandria Builds Awareness for HIV/AIDS Impact on the African-American Community

Submitted by apearc on Tue, 02/07/2023 - 8:42 am

HIV/AIDS Discussion at Oakland Baptist ChurchOn Saturday, February 4, people gathered at the Oakland Baptist Church in Alexandria to have conversations about HIV and to highlight progress made to reduce the virus in the African-American community.

Celebrating Public Health Community Champions During Black History Month

Submitted by apearc on Wed, 02/01/2023 - 12:39 pm

"Public health is what we do together as a society to create the conditions under which everyone is healthy. It works best when everyone is engaged."

This quote from Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu encapsulates the spirit of how it is essential for our local community to collaborate in order to create a healthy foundation for all.

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