Goal of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria
To improve the health and well-being of everyone who lives, works and plays in Alexandria. This goal is achieved by facilitating and supporting community action to address Alexandria’s Community Health Improvement Plan’s priorities.
Who We Are
The Partnership is a community-led coalition that works to advance, promote and encourage healthy activities and actions by everyone who lives, works and plays in Alexandria. It was founded in the belief that to address priority health areas, we must come together as a community -- bringing a unique blend of talents, experience, perspectives and passion to identify action-oriented, evidence-based solutions. The Partnership was created in 2006 as a result of the first ever City of Alexandria Community Health Assessment.
The Partnership is led by a steering committee dedicated to improving health outcomes among Alexandrians. The committee serves as the governing board for the Partnership. The Committee is comprised of representatives from businesses, nonprofits, community coalitions, City boards and commissions, health care clinics and organizations, Alexandria Health Department, Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, foundations, and passionate residents looking to make a difference.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending a Steering Committee meeting, please contact Allen Lomax at Aclomax@aol.com for the venue /location and any last minute changes in schedule.
Making An Impact
Through collaborations with community organizations and Alexandria residents the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria helped to:
Increase Alexandrians’ awareness of mental health issues and resources through co-sponsored community meetings and conversations.
Assess the state of hunger and food insecurity in Alexandria and issue a report on the assessment titled, "Toward an End to Hunger in Alexandria."
Create Hunger Free Alexandria, a broad coalition of organizations working together to address ending hunger in a comprehensive manner.
Secure funding from the City Council to establish a food center in Alexandria.
Change vending machine offerings in City buildings ensuring only healthy foods options are provided.
Encourage the City of Alexandria government to place "Thank you for not smoking" signs in all Alexandria parks, playgrounds and bus shelters.
PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER ALEXANDRIA STEERING COMMITTEE
Allen Lomax, Chair, Community Member
Jim Scott, Vice Chair, President, Applied Policy
Canek Aguirre, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Marion Brunken, Executive Director, Volunteer Alexandria
Deron Campbell, Director, Community Relations, Population and Community Health Services, Inova Health System
Jim Durham, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Representative
Jim Epstein, Board of Trustees, Frank and Betty Wright Foundation
Laurie Flynn, Community Member, Former Executive Director, NAMI
Ann Harbour, Director, Government Affairs, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Candace Hill, Outreach Coordinator, Communities In Schools of NOVA
Elwood Jones, Lead Pastor, Landmark Church of Alexandria
Diana Karczmarczyk, Ph.D, Public Health Educator, Author
Dr. Basim Khan, Executive Director, Neighborhood Health
Patrick Killeen, Community Member
Jane Knops, Director, Community Partnerships and Communications, Neighborhood Health
JeanAnn Mayhan, Principal, Mayhan Associates – Researchers for HealthCare, Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps
Helen Morris, Chair, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy
Col. Jim Paige (Retired), Executive Director, Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria
Melissa Poretz Riddy, Director, Eastern Region, Government and Community Relations, Inova Alexandria Hospital
John Porter, Educator, Former President and CEO of ACT for Alexandria
Tricia Rodgers, Program Director, Northern Virginia Health Foundation
Stacey Swartz, Co-Owner and Pharmacist in Charge, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
Aisha Salzar, Associate Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech
Kate Garvey, Director, Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services
Natalie Talis, Population Health Manager, Alexandria Health Department
Nathaniel Lewis, Public Health Planner, Alexandria Health Department
Lina Zimmerman, Population Health Epidemiologist, Alexandria Health Department
Emma Beall, Coordinator, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria
Chelsea Eickert, Coordinator, Alexandria Children and Youth Master Plan, Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services
Lisette Torres, Coordinator, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy
Kara Blanker, Philanthropic Advisor, Frank and Betty Wright Foundation
THE PARTNERSHIP IS A MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS
Additionally, the Partnership has a designated representative, appointed by the Alexandria City Council,
on the Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission.