AHD has recently published Health Profile I: Health Behaviors, Morbidity, and Mortality. This report focuses on key health indicators that are considered important to public health, are actionable, and are regularly reported. For each health indicator in the report, AHD has provided information on how Alexandria is doing, as well as evidence-based recommendations to help improve health outcomes.
The results of the Alexandria Youth Risk
Behavior Survey (YRBS) are now available for review. This anonymous, voluntary
survey was given to Alexandria City Public School students in grades eight, ten
and twelve. The Alexandria YRBS represents data collected in 2013-2014. It was a result of academic, government, volunteer and non-governmental
organizations working together to improve the health and wellness of youth in
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness
first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. So far, all cases have been linked to
countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula. About 30% of people confirmed to have
MERS infection have died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
maintain up-to-date information on the virus, its spread and best practices for
Starting September 16, 2015, the Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic at
Alexandria Health Department (AHD) will temporarily reduce some services. An
announcement will be made when services are able to resume. During this time,
AHD will not provide TB risk assessment and/or TB testing FOR ADULTS (19 years
of age and older).
Suffocation is the leading cause of death for infants. The majority of
these incidents occur in the sleeping environment, often when babies are placed
face down on a soft surface. Infants who are 0 to 4 months old don't have
enough strength to lift their heads and turn their faces so that they can
breathe and have the greatest risk of suffocating.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, claiming more than twice as many lives each year as homicides. Learn more about this serious public health problem and what we can do to help prevent suicide.
We have expanded Rainbow Tuesdays Clinic to better serve our Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Our Rainbow Tuesdays Clinic was started to provide Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Same-Gender Loving Men a safe place to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. The high incidence of early Syphilis and new HIV infections in the gay, bisexual, trans, and queer community make testing a priority to get people into treatment and reduce the spread of infection. For a schedule of clinics and services click here. Call or text: 571.214.9617
Check this page for periodic updates regarding Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
The Alexandria Health Department is pleased to
announce that the City of Alexandria’s 2013 teen pregnancy rate has dropped nearly
20% percent to 24.8 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 10-19 years. The 2012
rate was 30.9. This marks the lowest overall teen pregnancy rate in Alexandria
in more than 17 years and is a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of
a number of City agencies and community partners.
The City’s Healthy Vending Administrative Regulation was initiated at the recommendation of more than ten City departments. Energy efficient machines, with a variety of healthy snacks and beverages, are available in City of Alexandria buildings and departments.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious illness known for violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. The number of pertussis cases has been steadily increasing since the 1980s. The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated with the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.
The sixth annual County Health Rankings were released by the
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation on March 25.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects many Americans. It can lead to an increased risk of bone fractures of the hips, spine, and wrists. Find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis and what you can do to prevent it.
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