DHHS Shoutouts: June 6, 2019

Deputy Secretary Kody Kinsley Joins Appalachian Regional Commission to Address Substance Abuse Crisis 

Kody Kinsley, DHHS Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, recently joined a North Carolina delegation at the Appalachian Regional Commission Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) in Knoxville, Tenn. 

While traditionally an economic development agency, the Appalachian Regional Commission convened this working meeting to address Appalachia’s substance abuse crisis. The SAAC will develop recommendations for ARC to consider as part of a strategic plan to build and strengthen a recovery ecosystems in Appalachian communities by drawing on their own experiences as well as community insight. 

Senior Director Chris Egan Wins Inaugural NCAPSE Employment First Award 

Chris Egan, DHHS’ Senior Director For Employment Services, received an award from the NC Association for People Supporting Employment First to commemorate Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 92, which made NC an Employment First state. Egan received the award due to his efforts to help North Carolina become an Employment First state, with the goal of increasing opportunities for fair wages, employment and careers for people with disabilities. 

Chris Egan accepts the NCAPSE Employment First award. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Egan accepts the NCAPSE Employment First award. 

Central Regional Hospital Therapist Attends Mom Congress 

April Parker, Central Regional Hospital’s Individual Treatment Plan Coordinator and a LeadershipDHHS graduate, recently attended the Mom Congress on a scholarship, and met with congressional representatives about issues impacting North Carolina women, children and families. 

In addition to being the ITP Coordinator at Central Regional Hospital, Parker also has a private Chapel Hill psychotherapy practice which treats women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. 

The Mom Congress was anchored around improving maternal health, including reversing the rise of maternal mortality rates and health disparities among African American mothers.  

Murdoch Employees Enjoy SECC Lunch with Secretary Cohen

Secretary Mandy Cohen created a raffle for DHHS employees who donated to the 2019 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) to win a free lunch with her. Joni McDonnell, a Murdoch Developmental Center Business Office Administrative Specialist, has been inspired by Secretary Cohen’s mission, vision and values for the Department, and was thrilled to win and be able to bring along two colleagues to enjoy lunch with Secretary Cohen at Tupelo Honey in Raleigh.  

Murdoch Developmental Center employees Tambi Nida (now retired) and Stella Pettiford; DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen; and raffle winner and Murdoch Developmental Center employee Joni McDonnell. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Murdoch Developmental Center employees Tambi Nida (now retired) and Stella Pettiford; DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen; and raffle winner and Murdoch Developmental Center employee Joni McDonnell. 

DSDHH, DSB Participate in Screening of Film Starring Actor Who Is Deaf-Blind  

The Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Division of Services for the Blind took part in a free screening of the short film “Feeling Through,” starring Robert Tarango, an actor who is Deaf-Blind. The event was held May 31 at the Cary Theatre and featured remarks from Deputy Secretary for Health Services Mark Benton. More than 125 people attended. 

Governor Cooper Recognizes Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Month

Governor Cooper met with leaders from the Division for the Blind and the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to honor Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Month. Taking place in June, the observance encourages increased awareness, understand and support for Deaf-Blind people. 

Governor Cooper (middle) standing with leaders from the Division of Services for the Blind and the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Cooper (middle) standing with leaders from the Division of Services for the Blind and the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

We’re looking for DHHS people and partners to give “shoutouts” to. Know of someone who deserves a shoutout? Reach out to your Division’s Communications Manager or email news@dhhs.nc.gov