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Arlington, Va., celebrates week with health fair, puppet show.

The ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA., Department of Human Services brought together community, public safety, university and Public Health Division partners during National Public Health Week with events that focused on health promotion, injury and disease prevention and preparedness.

Because most Arlington schoolchildren were on spring break during the first week of April, National Public Health Week came early to Arlington schools. With the help of school health bureau public health nurses, elementary school teachers and students participated in sessions on hand-washing, communicable disease prevention and preparedness.

As a kick-off for National Public Health Week, public health nursing students from the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health worked with county firefighters, the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry and the Arlington community of Nauck to plan and conduct a community health fair. Featured topics at the health fair included communicable disease prevention, screening and follow-up as well as preparing for all kinds of emergencies.

Other health fair participants included the Geriatric Community Action Program, Langston High School Continuation Program, Arlandria Health Center and Arlington Department of Human Services community health educators.

Later in the week, college students from Georgetown's Public Health and Vulnerable Populations courses partnered with the Arlington Public Health Division laboratory staff to show Head Start students and teachers the bacteria that grow when their hands are not washed correctly.

To round things out, the county's family health outreach staff performed a puppet show for residents and demonstrated how to stock up for an emergency, while communicable disease staff provided culturally and linguistically appropriate education for tuberculosis patients.
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