Population Health

What is Population Health?

Many believe that what makes a person healthy or not depends largely on their genetics and modern medicine. This is NOT the case. The distribution of health and disease is not random, but depends on where you live, work, and play.

Population health is an approach that focuses on the interrelated and complex factors that influence the health of a population over the course of a lifetime. It includes physical, social, behavioral, cultural, environmental, and political factors. These are often referred to as social determinants of health. These factors can either protect our health or contribute to poor health outcomes.


Overview of the Prince William Health District

Check out the infographic for an overview of our community.


Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being

Health begins where Virginians live, work, and play. Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being lays out the foundation for giving everyone a chance to live a healthy life. The plan highlights specific goals and strategies on which communities can focus so the state can make measurable health improvements by 2020. Every Virginian deserves the opportunity to be healthy, and you, too, can help make that possible. Join us in this effort to assure well-being for all Virginians.

Watch the Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being video

Learn more at https://virginiawellbeing.com/


Community Healthcare Coalition of Greater Prince William

The purpose of the Community Healthcare Coalition of Greater Prince William (CHCGPW) is to bring together a multiagency and multidisciplinary group of entities and individuals to develop a sustainable dashboard of community health indicators (CHI), identify and prioritize community health issues, conduct a community health assessment and plan, and implement and evaluate a community health improvement process. The Coalition is also responsible for identifying ways that limited, applicable resources can be used more efficiently and effectively. The overall goal of the CHCGPW is to collectively improve the health of residents of the Greater Prince William Area (GPWA) and jurisdictions served by the participating entities.


Community Health Assessment (CHA)

The CHCGPW developed the 2016 Greater Prince William Area Community Health Assessment, with the goal of collectively improving the health of the residents of the jurisdictions we serve. Data was used to determine the most pressing public health issues facing our community, and has provided the foundation the development of the Community Health Improvement Plan. We hope that this document will help the community identify key public health issues and that together we can work toward becoming a community of healthy people.

View the most recent report: Greater Prince William Area Community Health Assessment 2016

Greater Prince William Area Community Health Assessment 2018 — coming soon! 


Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

The CHCGPW developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) focused on the three community identified priority areas to improve the health and well-being for all in the Greater Prince William Area. Stay connected and join the coalition’s journey as we work together to create an environment for all to have the opportunity to be both physically and mentally healthy.

View the most recent report: Community Health Improvement Plan 2016-2020

Past report: Community Health Improvement Plan 2014-2019


Check out Community Health Data!

Be Healthy Be Happy Prince William Dashboard

This dashboard is a web-based resource of community health data. We invite partners, stakeholders, and the entire community to use this site as a tool for community assessments, strategic planning, developing best practices for improvement, collaboration, and advocacy.

VDH Data Portal

The VDH Data Portal was developed to provide a convenient access point for health-related data for Virginia. This portal is a comprehensive source for community health assessment, public, and population health data. Each portal page provides interactive data at the most granular level available.

If you have any questions or data requests, contact population.health@vdh.virginia.gov

Virginia Health Opportunity Index

The Virginia Health Opportunity Index (HOI) was created by the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity. It examines how where you live, work and play influences the opportunity to live long, healthy lives. View the data to see which factors are most prevalent to you through the three dashboards:

Counties Dashboard

Health Districts Dashboard

Legislative Districts Dashboard

Other Sources of Data

County Health Rankings : Prince William County  • Manassas City • Manassas Park City

Healthiest Communities Rankings : Prince William County • Manassas City

VA Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS)

Community Commons

American Community Survey

Healthy People 2020 Disparities Data


Community Outreach

The Prince William Health District values the importance of establishing and maintaining community relationships and providing information and services to the community.

If you would like Prince William Health District to participate in a community event, please call us and be prepared to give details of your request. Please notify us 4-6 weeks in advance.

Please call 703-792-7341 


Become a Volunteer!

The Population Health team works closely with Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers. Our volunteers assist with public health outreach and education, as well as resource navigation in the community. To learn more about MRC volunteer opportunities, visit https://vvhs.vamrc.org/


Other Reports

The Prince William Health District welcomes the opportunity for input from local and state partners as appropriate.  We will incorporate this feedback into the annual revisions of the PWHD Strategic Plan.  FY 2017-2020 Prince William Health District Strategic Plan

The 2014 GPWA Childhood Obesity Trend Report is an annual report compiled by the Prince William Health District to summarize trends in local and national data related to childhood obesity. This trend report examines data related to childhood such as:  obesity, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and youth perceptions related to weight.  Childhood Obesity Trend Report

In July, 2013 the Prince William Health District was awarded a Potomac Health Foundation grant to implement strategies to reduce breast cancer mortality. During the first year of the grant, the B.E.A.T Cancer Coalition was convened and tasked with conducting a needs assessment in order to establish implementation strategies to address identified priority breast health needs in the community. This gap analysis has attempted to briefly address the myriad and complex factors affecting the underserved / underinsured women of the Prince William Health District. These factors include access to healthcare, psychosocial factors (fear, denial, mistrust) and socioeconomic factors (transportation, childcare, food and nutrition). The second year finalized a resource guide to help the community as well as healthcare providers locate various needed services related to breast care.   B.E.A.T. Cancer Gap Analysis

Trend Report of Youth Emotional Well Being

Healthy Beginnings Partnership Charter