Cultivating philanthropy, responding to needs, and sowing innovation in Northern Virginia, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has declared September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) is devoted to enhancing the health and medical care of locals in the area, with special focus on those who are uninsured. Certified copies of Virginia birth, death, marriage and divorce records are now available for purchase at the Fairfax County Health Department in four district offices. Since 1973, the Health Care Advisory Board (HCAB) has been aiding the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) create health policies and advise them on health-related matters that may affect county residents.
The NVHF is committed to going “beyond granting grants” to make a difference in the health and well-being of Northern Virginians by providing data, resources and tools to help the community stay healthy. The Virginia Department of Health encourages all Virginians over six months of age to receive the annual flu vaccine. The NVHF provides strategic grants to nonprofit organizations that address the healthcare needs of Northern Virginia residents, with special emphasis on those living in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and in the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park. The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Harmful Algae Bloom Task Force monitor water quality in Lake Anna and other bodies of water in Virginia.
As a precaution, Northern Virginia health districts are informing people who were in several locations that they may have been exposed to one of the three people who were diagnosed with measles. The report examines premature mortality in Northern Virginia before and during the pandemic. Public health officials in Northern Virginia are launching a region-wide tuberculosis awareness campaign to dispel myths and eliminate obstacles that hinder early testing and treatment for people at increased risk of contracting tuberculosis. Aura virus infections are rare but with increases seen in Virginia and across the country, health officials view this drug-resistant disease as a growing threat to public health. The NVHF is making a remarkable impact on the local community by providing resources to help people stay healthy.
Learn more about their work and how you can support their mission.