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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 businesses, nonprofits, community coalitions, City boards and commissions, health care clinics and organizations, Alexandria Health Department, Alexandria Department of Community and Huma Resources, 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.

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

Members

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, Community Case Manager, 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

Ex-Officio Members

Kate Garvey, Director, Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services

Natalie Talis, Population Health Manager, 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