UPDATE: NCDHHS Releases Draft Olmstead Plan, Extends Public Comment Through Nov. 8

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a draft of its Olmstead Plan designed to assist people with disabilities to reside in and experience the full benefit of inclusive communities. The plan is open for public comment through Nov. 8, 2021. NCDHHS encourages all interested individuals and organizations to provide comment on this draft plan. NCDHHS will publish the final, two-year plan in December and begin implementing activities outlined in the plan in calendar years 2022 and 2023.

NCDHHS Hires First Chief Health Equity Officer and Launches New Office of Health Equity

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced the hiring of Victor Armstrong as the Department’s first ever Chief Health Equity Officer. NCDHHS created the position as well as the Office of Health Equity to lead its focus to advance health equity and reduce disparities in opportunity and outcomes for historically marginalized populations.

NCDHHS Selects Additional Vendors to Expand Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) selected 13 businesses to join its pool of qualified vendors to support the state’s response to COVID-19, bringing the total number of vendors to 39. North Carolina is responding to the pandemic on multiples fronts, including building the state’s testing and contact tracing infrastructure, while surging assets in communities and populations that have been hardest hit by COVID-19.

Governor Cooper Releases 2019 NC Early Childhood Action Plan

Today at the Early Childhood Summit in Raleigh, Governor Roy Cooper will release the state's 2019 NC Early Childhood Action Plan. The plan provides a framework to galvanize coordinated, statewide public-private action to achieve 10 measurable goals for young children that address health, safety, family resilience and learning outcomes.

DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen Named One of 2019’s Top 25 Women Leaders

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2019’s Top 25 Women Leaders. Modern Healthcare’s biennial recognition program honors the top women health care executives who are influencing health policy and care delivery models across the country. 

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