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DHHS Shoutouts: Oct. 9, 2019

Dr. Susan Kansagra Selected as President-elect of National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Dr. Susan Kansagra, chief of the NCDHHS Division of Public Health’s Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section, has been selected as president-elect of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Her term as president-elect will run from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020.

Dr. Kansagra oversees public health initiatives at DHHS related to chronic disease, tobacco control, cancer prevention and control, and injury and violence prevention. Before coming to DHHS, she served as deputy commissioner of the New York City Health Department as well as assistant vice president of Population Health for New York City’s public hospital system.

DHHS Employee Competed in Singing Contest
Tyrone Johnson, a processing assistant in the Division of Property and Construction was a contestant to be an opening act for the 7th Annual We Can Survive Concert in Los Angeles. Johnson placed third in his semi-final and 48th out of over 3,000 other artists. Johnson’s stage name is “Edric.” To listen to his music, visit his Facebook page.

Tyrone Johnson performing

 

 

 

 

 

Tyrone Johnson performing. Photo courtesy of Tyrone Johnson.

Wilson County DSS Honored for Child Welfare Work
The North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services recently honored the Wilson County Department of Social Services with a best practice award for their trauma-informed child welfare practice at the 2019 Social Services Institute in Hickory.

NC Medicaid’s Pharmacy Director Featured in Video Series
John Stancil, pharmacy director for NC Medicaid (left), was a featured panelist on the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) “The Challenges and Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease” Peer Exchange video series.

The panel will discuss options for treatment of this inherited blood disorder that affects approximately 7,000 North Carolinians and 100,000 individuals nationwide. AJMC is a multimedia peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed journal that keeps industry leaders on the forefront of health policy by sharing digital research relevant to industry decision-makers.

DHHS Works with DIT to Address Broadband and Health in Rural Areas
DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services Benjamin Money joined NC Department of Information Technology Secretary Eric Boyette in Mitchell and McDowell counties to talk about modernizing the delivery of healthcare via phone or video to reach more residents of North Carolina. 

DHHS’ Office of Rural Health has worked with DIT’s Broadband Infrastructure Office to create a telemedicine team and plans to implement telehealth services across the state.

DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services Benjamin Money, left, and NC Department of Information Technology Secretary Eric Boyette. Photo courtesy of Maggie Sauer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services Benjamin Money, left, and NC Department of Information Technology Secretary Eric Boyette. Photo courtesy of Maggie Sauer.

Medicaid Team Provides Cookies for Ronald McDonald House
Thirteen members of NC Medicaid’s Business Information and Analytics (BIA) team spent the afternoon baking for guest families at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham on Sept. 27. The team baked 25 dozen cookies.

Back row: Patrick Doyle, Clay Ragan (RMH), Paul Gebhardt, Leslie Downes, Kristin Troutt, Dionne Toney, Janice Norris, Sonya Harris, Chavon Rogers, Lakeisha Jordan. Front Row: Linda Provanzo, Gina Rutherford, Ronald McDonald, Renee McCoy and Ellen Mundt.

 

 

 

 

 


Back row: Patrick Doyle, Clay Ragan (RMH), Paul Gebhardt, Leslie Downes, Kristin Troutt, Dionne Toney, Janice Norris, Sonya Harris, Chavon Rogers, Lakeisha Jordan. Front Row: Linda Provanzo, Gina Rutherford, Ronald McDonald, Renee McCoy and Ellen Mundt.

Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities presented "Be-yond Black and White 2: A Discussion on LatinX Health and Engagement in North Carolina"
The DHHS Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities presented "Be-yond Black and White 2: A Discussion on LatinX Health and Engagement in North Carolina" on Oct. 8 in Raleigh as part of its Health Equity Lunch and Learn series. Panelists from across the state discussed the structural and social barriers faced by LatinX communities in North Carolina and their work to improve access and health outcomes for LatinX residents. The panelists also provided recommendations on how to effectively engage LatinX communities and include them in the development of interventions.

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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.