Northern Virginia Region and AHEC

Health Care Workforce in Northern Virginia Region

South and West of D.C.

The Northern Virginia region, including the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, is home to hospitals, health systems, Community Health Centers (CHC), community colleges and universities that offer health professions career studies, internships, training and job opportunities.

Includes: the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park

 

Health Care Workforce in the Northern Virginia Region

The Northern Virginia region, including the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, is home to hospitals, health systems, Community Health Centers (CHC), community colleges and universities that offer health professions career studies, internships, training and job opportunities.

 

Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The mission of NVAHEC at Mason is to improve health care access and quality across Northern Virginia. The Center’s primary priorities are to: (1) increase diversity among health professions and (2) support multi-disciplinary/multi-professional training for practicing professionals and students in health career preparation academic programs. The Center is a resource to assist individuals interested in health careers and the preparation for admission and program completion. NVAHEC at Mason will serve as a hub of culturally tailored programs directly related to its mission. Center activities will give special attention to reaching minority, disenfranchised, immigrant, and first generation groups and individuals in Northern Virginia.

Major Activities

  • Coordinate search and application processes for funding opportunities directly related to the mission of NCAHEC at Mason mission.
  • Partner with organizations and individuals on their activities related to the mission of NVAHEC at Mason.  
  • Develop and carry out a variety of formal and informal health career education initiatives.
  • Partner with diverse Mason student associations and academic programs in identifying best practices for increasing student diversity and exposure to multidisciplinary inter-professional education.
  • Advocate for the strengthening of health profession preparation programs in Northern Virginia schools, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and other organizations.
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of culturally competent multidisciplinary inter-professional training for practicing health professionals in Northern Virginia.

NVAHEC Mason was initiated September, 2017 by the Virginia Workforce Development Authority with federal funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The Center is located in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Dr. Rebecca Vargus-Jackson, MD, serves as the Interim Executive Director and Dr. Keith Howell, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research is the Principal Investigator.

Northern Virginia AHEC

George Mason University
College of Health and Human Services
4400 University Drive - MS 2G7
Robinson B 413-A
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 993-5967

Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, M.D. - Executive Director

Rebecca Vargas-Jackson

Dr. Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, M.D., is a surgeon, and infectious disease specialist. She is also bilingual, English and Spanish. Dr. Vargas-Jackson has been working for over 25 years as subject matter expert for a variety of agencies and organizations developing assessments, and providing training, technical assistance, capacity building, and M&E, particularly but not exclusively on: Cultural competency in health care, health related stigma and health literacy; principally focused on: underserved populations, racial/ethnic minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), hard to reach, and new immigrant communities. She is co-organizer of the annual “International Stigma Conference at Howard University.” Dr. Vargas-Jackson was one of the co-writers of the DHHS “National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care.” She has been affiliated with George Mason University (GMU) as research faculty, College of Health and Human Services. At GMU, she taught courses on Principles of Global Health, and Health and Disease to graduate and undergraduate students, and has been instrumental in facilitating partnerships between the University and community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to develop alliances to apply for grants that target major health gaps and disparities affecting primarily new immigrant and/or disenfranchised communities throughout the United States.

At Howard University, close to 25 years ago, she developed the first Office of Multicultural Services; was Co-PI in the first AIDS clinical trials for minorities; developed summer programs for D.C. disenfranchised youth groups, with the participation of HU medical students and medical interns, to increase the youths’ knowledge and understanding of health professions, and the shortage of ethnically and culturally diverse health providers.

rvargasj@gmu.edu

Live, Work and Play in the Northern Virginia Region

Take a trip to Mount Vernon. George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States, called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. George Washington and his wife Martha Washington lived at Mount Vernon, which is now the most popular historic estate in America. Situated along the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, Mount Vernon is just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Go to your favorite show at Nissan Pavilion or enjoy a variety of outdoor concerts at Wolf Trap. A typical season at Wolf Trap includes something for everyone with performances ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to orchestra, dance, theatre, and opera, as well as innovative performance art and multimedia presentations.

Taste Virginia's best wines at Breaux Vineyards, Chrysalis Vineyards, Loudoun Valley VineyardsSwedenburg Estate Vineyard, Tarara Vineyard and Winery, and Willocroft Farm Vineyard.

Counties and Cities in Virginia's Northern Virginia Region

The Northern Virginia region includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

District Health Organizations and Hospitals

Alexandria Health District
Alexandria Hospital
Arlington County Health District
Dominion Hospital
Fairfax County Health District
Fair Oaks Hospital
Inova Health System
Loudoun County Health District
Mount Vernon Hospital
Potomac Hospital
Virginia Hospital Center

Community Health Centers

Alexandria DOH/DDS and Women's Health
4480 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone: (703) 838-4400

Alexandria Health Department Casey Health Center
1200 N. Howard Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: (703) 778-0340

Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services
2 E Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA 22305
Phone: (703) 535-5568

Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.
3802 Executive Avenue
D-1 2
Alexandria, VA 22305
Phone: (703) 535-7930

Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. Dental Services
2100 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: (703) 535-5568

Arlington County Behavioral Health Services Division
1725 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 778-0340

Loudoun Community Health Center
224 Cornwall Street, NW
Leesburg, VA 20176

Ridgewood
4379 Ridgewood Center Drive
Suite 102
Woodbridge, VA 22192

The Health Center for Children and Families
46440 Benedict Drive
Suite 208
Sterling, VA 20164
Phone: (571) 434-0022

Western Primary Health Care Van
9444 Taney Road
Manassas, VA 20110

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