Health and Environment

Outcome Statement

Fairfax County responsibly stewards environmental resources, advances sustainability and promotes optimal health and wellbeing for all.


(Below you will find supporting work of this priority area to date. More updates will be added as the strategic planning process continues.)


  1. Air, water and land quality.
  2. Implementation of policies, practices and behaviors that improve the natural and built environments.
  3. Physical and behavioral health conditions.
  4. Adoption of healthy behaviors.
  5. Equitable accessibility to quality services and infrastructure that facilitate health improvement.


(What's an indicator? Indicators are ways to measure the county’s progress, both for the community at large and for county government. They are clear, quantifiable and they help manage progress toward achieving strategies in the strategic plan. They are statements that express what we hope to achieve. These are NOT specific performance metrics at this point.)

Challenge Questions

  1. How will Fairfax County proactively create the community conditions that ensure equitable opportunities for all to attain their highest level of health and wellbeing?
  2. How will Fairfax County promote behaviors that contribute to positive health outcomes and make healthy options more readily available, especially for communities at highest risk?
  3. How will Fairfax County remove barriers and ensure equitable access to needed physical, behavioral, oral and long-term health services and resources in our community?
  4. How will Fairfax County maintain and improve the quality of our air, water and land for the protection of our environment and our residents and foster a thriving biodiversity as our population grows, changes and densifies?
  5. How will Fairfax County engage with our residents and businesses, while holding ourselves accountable to adopt conservation practices that address climate change and foster environmental sustainability?


(What's a challenge question? A challenge question is a clear articulation of the diagnosed problem/opportunity that people are experiencing. It is informed by evidence, data, subject matter expertise, outside-in perspectives and on-the-ground realities. Challenge questions are phrased in a way that drives toward an impact, allowing for a variety of solutions.)


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