Prince William Health District

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Published: 06/26/2013

PRINCE WILLIAM HEALTH DISTRICT ANNOUNCES BRANDING CAMPAIGN
Serves Residents of Prince William County, and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park
(MANASSAS, Va.) — The Prince William Health District recently introduced an updated visual identity, including a new logo, to support its visibility within the community. The new branding campaign is designed to promote the various and diverse services that the Prince William Health District provides to those in the greater Prince William area.
Health Director Dr. Alison Ansher says, “We serve the residents of the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, as well as Prince William County. Prince William Health District does so many things for our community, yet many people either don’t know who we are or don’t understand what we do. We’re hoping this new initiative will help everyone know that we are available to all residents in the greater Prince William area.”
The Prince William Health District is one of 35 health districts in the state. It is part of the Virginia Department of Health, headquartered in Richmond. It operates in cooperation with the jurisdictions of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and receives a portion of its operational funding from them. The Prince William Health District embraces its vision of “A Community of Healthy People and a Healthy Environment” and is dedicated to promoting optimum wellness, preventing illness, responding to emergencies, and protecting the environment and health of its residents. Some of the services the Prince William Health District provides include:
  • Investigation, Diagnosis and Treatment of Communicable Disease
  • Immunizations
  • Restaurant and Pool Permitting and Inspections
  • Water Quality Protection
  • Dental Services for Children and Seniors
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Services
  • Registration of Death Certificates
  • Response to Public Health Emergencies
    Services are provided at locations throughout the community. For more information about the Prince William Health District, view the attached fact sheet or visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/PrinceWilliam. You can also follow the Health District on Twitter @PrinceWilliamHD or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrinceWilliamHealthDistrict.
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The Prince William Health District is dedicated to promoting optimum wellness, preventing illness, responding to emergencies and protecting the environment and health of our residents.
What Does Public Health Look Like in the Prince William Health District?
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The Prince William Health District works to promote public health in many ways:
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of entire populations
through promotion of healthy lifestyles, disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Our population includes Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park, and it is our vision that this will be a community of healthy people and a healthy environment.
Unlike clinical professionals, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured, as public health professionals we try to prevent problems from happening or recurring by implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. We work with local, regional and national partners to limit health disparities and promote healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.
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We monitor the health status of the community.
This includes tracking trends in health indicators such as vaccination rates among children.
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We conduct primary and secondary research on various public health issues.
Research ranges from communitywide health assessments to studies on specific topics like breast cancer awareness.
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We implement evidence-based health prevention strategies.
We promote initiatives including worksite wellness and breastfeeding programs, among others.
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We provide leadership and instruction on emerging health issues.
Spearheading efforts in the community to address issues ranging from the flu to childhood obesity.
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We detect, investigate and appropriately address reportable communicable diseases in the community. Examples include foodborne and other gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory illnesses and sexually transmitted infections.
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We promote healthy behaviors through education and counseling.
This encompasses anything from hand-washing practices to preconception health education for better birth outcomes.
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We supply nutrition education, healthy foods and breastfeeding support for Women, Infants & Children. The WIC program encourages healthy pregnancy outcomes, healthy eating and general better health.
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We offer immunizations, dental care and health screenings and referrals to other systems, programs and clinics when necessary.
We work with local health providers and social service departments to ensure that patients receive coordinated care.
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We train for and plan responses to a wide range of health threats and emergencies. Recent examples include our response to the H1N1 pandemic and natural disasters.
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We foster safe and healthful physical environments.
Activities include inspecting onsite sewage ground water, encouraging Chesapeake Bay protection and more.
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We ensure food and water safety.
We ensure compliance with regulations or laws by inspecting restaurants, hotels and care facilities.
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We limit, prevent and alleviate environmental hazards.
This includes assisting in the repair of failing septic systems, handling chemical spills and promoting preparedness.
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We partner with community organizations to support systemic solutions to health concerns.
We co-lead the Live Well! Coalition, a variety of organizations and agencies dedicated to preventing chronic disease.
For more information about the Prince William Health District, visit
www.vdh.virginia.gov/lhd/princewilliam 

Meet the County: Supervisor Pete Candland, Gainesville District

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Published: 02/25/2013
In this series of posts, we'll introduce you to local decision makers and policy-changers.  The goal isn't to be political, and doesn't indicate an endorsement, but is rather to help you learn the faces and positions in Prince William County who you can go to for help, or with your concerns.  You'll notice the question is always the same, "Tell me what you love about Prince William County", and at the end of the post, you'll find a job description of the person listed.  I will not post from people during campaign season (unless it's someone who's mid-term and not currently running for re-election).  Hope this helps you know our county better!!

 


1) Tell me what you love about Prince William County
Prince William County is a great place to raise a family and make a living.  We have great schools, a tremendous history, and wonderful people.  That's why my family moved here, and that's why Robyn and I are committed to serving this community.  In addition to the family-friendly environment of Prince William County, we're working towards making our county more jobs-friendly, so that our citizens can live and work in the same area.

2) What parts of the county are included in your district?
The Gainesville District is the Western-most and Northern-most magisterial district in Prince William County.  It includes the entire area North of I-66, as well as Haymarket and specific precincts in Manassas near I66.  From the areas by Splashdown, to the hills of Bull Run Mountain, the Gainesville District is a beautiful area with wonderful, generous people.

3) What is it, exactly, that you do/how can you help citizens
First, I represent citizens of the Gainesville District and their interests on the Board of County Supervisors.  To do this, I engage in constant outreach to constituents via one-on-one meetings, town hall meetings, social media, and many phone calls.  Secondly, I have a top-notch staff that helps constituents every day with their interactions with county government.  Our office is usually on the front lines of helping constituents who need help with local government.

4) How can people get in touch with you?
www.SupervisorCandland.com
Gainesville@pwcgov.org
www.facebook.com/SupervisorPeteCandland
Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland
7001 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 210
Gainesville, VA 20155
703-792-6195

Meet the County: Supervisor Frank Principi, Woodbridge District

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Published: 02/18/2013
In this series of posts, we'll introduce you to local decision makers and policy-changers.  The goal isn't to be political, and doesn't indicate an endorsement, but is rather to help you learn the faces and positions in Prince William County who you can go to for help, or with your concerns.  You'll notice the question is always the same, "Tell me what you love about Prince William County", and at the end of the post, you'll find a job description of the person listed.  I will not post from people during campaign season (unless it's someone who's mid-term and not currently running for re-election).  Hope this helps you know our county better!!
 
What do you love about Prince William County?
Prince William has it all.  We enjoy the four seasons, rivers, premiere schools, good paying jobs, shopping, outdoor recreation, quick access to the nation’s capital, and a lot of American history!  Did you know that we have nearly 1,000 acres of national wildlife refuge, two rivers, and golf in Woodbridge?  Did I mention shopping?  Potomac Mills Mall and Potomac Town Center have several hundred retailers and restaurants to enjoy. 



What parts of the county are included in your District?
The Woodbridge Magisterial District is the Northern Gateway to Prince William County.  The Occoquan and Potomac Rivers constitute its northern and eastern borders with I-95/Route 1 and River Ridge Boulevard as the western and southern borders.  Significant local landmarks include the Occoquan and Featherstone Wildlife Refuges, Historic Rippon Lodge, Potomac Library, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Leesylvania State Park, Osprey Golf Course, five marinas, and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. 
Plans are also underway in the District to build a 6,000 seat minor league baseball stadium to house the Carolina League World Champion Potomac Nationals Baseball Team.  We expect the first pitch to be thrown out in the Spring 2015. 


What is it that you do/how can you help citizens?
Members of the Board of County Supervisors are responsible for policy and budget decisions of local government, including decisions about our critical unmet public safety and fire, schools, transportation infrastructure, human services, and economic development needs.  I believe our most important responsibilities are helping the private sector create new jobs, eliminate our traffic congestion, ensure proper classroom sizes and teacher pay, promoting mixed use (town center) development, and working with the community to improve everyone’s quality of life. 
Since taking office, I have worked with the community to build and implement a vision of a New Woodbridge.  The vision includes building three mixed use developments along the Route 1 corridor, widening our roads and offering more transit options (including high-speed passenger ferry service), and helping to preserve our maturing neighborhoods.  Today, we have nearly $1 billion in public and private investment (not including the new homes being built) coming out of the ground so our vision is in full swing!
As the elected Supervisor, my responsibility is to ensure good government, keeping residents informed and a part of the decision-making process, and aggressively implementing of the vision of a New Woodbridge. Constituents often contact my office with concerns about street lighting, zoning violations next door, referrals to human service providers, and opening new businesses.  We are always glad to serve as liaisons to our federal, state, and local government agencies.

How can people get in touch with you?

People are always welcome to call or drop by my office any day of the week during office hours.  Constituents can also email me We also enjoy being invited to events and meetings in the community.
For real-time information on all things vision, visit us at www.NewWoodbridge.org and Like Me on Facebook
Supervisor Frank J. Principi
15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Suite #140
Woodbridge, Virginia 22191
 WoodbridgeDistrict@pwcgov.org

Meet the County: Supervisor Marty Nohe, Coles District

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Published: 02/11/2013

In this series of posts, we'll introduce you to local decision makers and policy-changers.  The goal isn't to be political, and doesn't indicate an endorsement, but is rather to help you learn the faces and positions in Prince William County who you can go to for help, or with your concerns.  You'll notice the question is always the same, "Tell me what you love about Prince William County", and at the end of the post, you'll find a job description of the person listed.  I will not post from people during campaign season (unless it's someone who's mid-term and not currently running for re-election).  Hope this helps you know our county better!!



So tell us, Supervisor Nohe, what do you love about Prince William County?

My favorite thing about Prince William County is our people.  There are a lot of things to love about Prince William County, but none of them mean anything without the citizens who volunteer in our community, help out at our schools, participate in the public decision making process,
and invest in our future.  During the last few years, the whole nation has gone through some difficult times, but few communities have recovered more quickly or more strongly than Prince William County, and I know that our success comes from the hard work and pride that the residents of PWC have in their neighborhoods and in our county.


Where is your district? 
The Coles District is the most geographically central district in the county, and includes most of the neighborhoods in the Independent Hill, Lake Jackson and Signal Hill areas, the Yorkshire and Loch Lomond Communities, several neighborhoods in Dale City, the neighborhoods that border the Northern edge of the City of Manassas and small portions of Nokesville east of Broad Run.

What is the role of a supervisor? 
As County Supervisor, I represent the residents of the Coles District on the County Board and help craft policy that is in the best interest of our communities.  But perhaps more importantly, my office serves as the point of access to an array of County services for the residents of the district, as well as providing a source of information about what is happening in the County.  We send out a monthly community newsletter to let folks know about upcoming events and about county agencies and
policies; we host periodic community meetings on an array of topics to keep people informed; and we field numerous phone calls and e-mails every day to help residents navigate their local government.

How can people get in touch with you? 
The best way to get in touch with me or my staff directly is either by e-mail at mnohe@pwcgov.org for me personally or at colesdistrict@pwcgov.org to reach my entire office staff, or by calling us at 703-792-4620.  Residents can also visit my website at colesdistrict.org, where they can sign up for my monthly newsletter and find links with contacts to a number of County agencies.  We also just launched a new Facebook page "Office of Supervisor Marty Nohe".

Meet The County: Supervisor Mike May, Occoquan District

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Published: 02/04/2013
In this series of posts, we'll introduce you to local decision makers and policy-changers.  The goal isn't to be political, and doesn't indicate an endorsement, but is rather to help you learn the faces and positions in Prince William County who you can go to for help, or with your concerns.  You'll notice the question is always the same, "Tell me what you love about Prince William County", and at the end of the post, you'll find a job description of the person listed.  I will not post from people during campaign season (unless it's someone who's mid-term and not currently running for re-election).  Hope this helps you know our county better!!




So tell us, Supervisor May, what do you love about Prince William County?

As a lifelong resident of northern Virginia , I believe this area is the wonderful place to live, work and play. I grew up in the Springfield area and while working for Congressman Tom Davis, I was first introduced to Prince William County . Right away I realized that this community, and Lake Ridge in particular, offered everything my wife and I desired in looking for a place to raise children.  So we decided to move here and start our family.

PWC is unique in northern Virginia in that even though it has over 400,000 residents, it still maintains a very friendly, small-town atmosphere.  To be sure, the county is urbanizing; however, as it grows, it has done a very good job of preserving its historical resources, parks and open spaces, and rural areas to the west.  As such, the county offers high end dining and retail amenities, while still giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors or cultural resources in their own backyard.  We are also far enough away from the "hustle and bustle" of DC and the urban core, yet close enough to be able to enjoy visiting these areas.

This dynamic gives Prince William residents the best of all worlds.  For example, my wife and I can go to a winery in Haymarket, a restaurant in Occoquan, or go hiking in Prince William Forest Park on a Saturday--all within Prince William County .  And the very next day, we can take the kids up to D.C. to visit the museums or the zoo.  In short, Prince William County  offers the best of city life, rural life, and suburban life.

In addition to the amenities, Prince William is also a safe community with great schools and friendly people.  It has so much to offer young families.  That's why I am glad that my own family has chosen to make this community our home.




Do I Live in Supervisor May's District?: The Occoquan District is home to not only the Town of Occoquan but also Lake Ridge; Westridge; and all the communities on the north side of the Prince William Parkway between its intersection with Old Bridge Road and Ellis Road , including the Davis Ford and Yates Ford corridors.

And What Does a Supervisor Do, Exactly?: Mike is the Occoquan District’s representative on the Prince William Board County Supervisors.  This is our local level of government.  The Board has oversight over all local matters, including our police and fire and rescue systems, our library system, and our local parks.  As a group, the Board sets countywide policies and approves the annual budget.  It also oversees implementation of the county’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance, which shape how our community grows and develops over time.  So, if you see a new office being built or construction in the area, Mike probably knows what is going on—or, if not, he can find out for you!  Mike and his staff also assist residents navigating county government with issues ranging from the permit process, real and personal property taxes, local park issues, and many more.

How Can I find Supervisor Mike May?
Occoquan District Supervisor, Michael C. May
Prince William Board of County Supervisors
2241-K Tacketts Mill Drive
Woodbridge , VA 22192
Phone: (703) 792- 5180 /Fax: (703) 792-4833
Cell: (703) 910-0594


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