In 2007, the Fairfax County Health Department formed the Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) to advise the Health Department on strategies, programs and policies that aim to improve the health of the county’s diverse cultural communities. The MAC consists of members that represent the interests and perspectives of racial and ethnic minority, non-English speaking, and/or immigrant populations in Fairfax County and have been convening with the Health Department on a quarterly basis since the MAC’s inception.
The Council advises Health Department staff on community outreach and educational initiatives; plays a critical role in identifying community leaders, volunteers and organizations that may play a role in the dissemination of Health Department information, programs and services; and provides the Health Department with information and input on community needs and concerns.
MAC Accomplishments and Highlights (2007 – 2012):
- Advised on the format, content and cultural appropriateness of educational materials for pandemic influenza outreach
- Contributed to the creation of a “Community Health and Preparedness Toolkit,” complete with an informational video in 8 languages
- Organized community flu clinics, augmenting the Health Department’s capacity to distribute influenza vaccine in hard-to-reach communities
- Provided insights on services offered through the Community Health Care Network, including feedback on access, customer service and culturally appropriate care
- Identified key individuals and organizations to help implement the Health Department’s “Vaccine Literacy Campaign”
- Facilitated the development and implementation of focus groups to develop messaging for a Tuberculosis outreach initiative targeting specific, immigrant communities
The MAC will continue to play a vital role in Fairfax County’s
Local Public Health System by enhancing community partnerships, building capacity and leveraging community assets to address public health challenges. For more information about the Multicultural Advisory Council, contact Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, (703) 246-2479
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