Arlington is committed to providing programs and services that support women, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic where job loss, childcare, home schooling and caregiving duties have all fallen disproportionately on women, according to The Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality.
As part of Women’s Health Month, we’re taking a look at some of the many programs and services that Arlington offers to support women’s health. Census data are used to allocate funding to many of the programs listed below. You can help ensure these and other programs that support women are adequately funded by taking the 2020 Census at my2020census.gov.
- Health clinics – Arlington is offering telemedicine services and appointments with the Maternity Clinic and for STI services. However, many other clinic services have been temporarily cancelled due to the pandemic. Private hospitals and medical offices are beginning to open up for appointments and screening services.
- Mental Health – Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Health and wellness hotlines are operating and can help you find the resources you need. Visit the COVID-19 Mental Wellness page to learn more about the resources available.
- Food Assistance and more
- Domestic Violence
- Arlington’s Project PEACE has increased outreach efforts to alert victims that despite the pandemic, hotlines are staffed, protective orders are being issued, and shelters are open.
- Safe at Home flyers in multiple languages are being distributed as part of the APS free lunch program, and added to participating restaurants’ carry-out bags. Project PEACE used Census population data to determine which languages to use for the outreach materials.
- Caregivers – According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the majority of caregivers (65%) are women. Arlington’s Agency on Aging offers resources for caregivers and older adults.
- The Commission on the Status of Women empowers women in Arlington and advocates for their social and economic interests, including women’s health and access to health care.
- Women’s Work at Arlington’s Center for Local History, includes stories of women who helped found Arlington’s first hospital and fought for civil rights and the right to vote.
- Arlington’s parks are reopening – Being physically active, eating a healthy diet and paying attention to physical and mental health symptoms are among the top actions women can take to get and stay healthy. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy Arlington’s parks – while observing the restrictions and 6-foot physical distancing guidelines.
- Visit Arlington’s LGBTQIA+ Resources for local and national resources for Arlington’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual residents.
Census Numbers Drive Federal Funding
Census data are used to allocate funding to numerous Arlington programs , including health services, food assistance, crime victim assistance, housing and more. It’s important to get an accurate count to receive funding for programs and services that impact women – and everyone – in our community. Taking the Census is important, safe, confidential and easy. We encourage everyone who has not taken the Census to take 10 minutes and take it online or by calling 844-330-2020. And if you have already taken it, please help us spread the word and encourage friends, relatives and other people in your network to take the Census.
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation, including right here in Arlington County. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The collected data help to determine things like the number of seats Virginia has in the House of Representatives, and how to distribute federal funds to local communities like ours. Take the Census here.