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July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July was first named Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 and was created to highlight mental health resources and treatment in minority communities.

NCDHHS Celebrates the ADA’s 30th Anniversary with a Virtual Celebration

Sunday, July 27, marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was enacted with the promise of full and equal access to civic, economic and social life for Americans with disabilities. North Carolina and 300 participants celebrated this milestone on Thursday, July 23, with a virtual ADA 30th Anniversary Celebration to honor the progress of the last three decades while recognizing the ongoing efforts by self-advocates with disabilities and allies to achieve equal access and full inclusion in community life.

NCDHHS Helps Make Telehealth More Accessible for Millions of North Carolinians

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, teams within the NC Department of Health and Human Services have worked to ensure telehealth is easier to use for both patients and providers.

NCDHHS Celebrates 100 Years of Vocational Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of North Carolina’s vocational rehabilitation (VR) program, which supports people with disabilities as they prepare for, secure and advance in competitive employment in communities throughout the state.

Wake County Project SEARCH Graduates Eight Interns

Earlier this month, Project SEARCH celebrated eight graduating interns with a car parade and certificate ceremony. The program is part of a collaboration between NCDHHS and other groups to assist individuals with disabilities in learning job skills and finding long-term employment

DHHS Holding Behavioral Health Listening Sessions Across the State

In an effort to hear directly from those served through North Carolina’s public behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities system, the NC Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled six additional town hall listening sessions.

Signing Black in America: The Story of Black American Sign Language

A documentary about Black ASL, the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities, was produced through a non-profit at NC State University and will be screened throughout North Carolina.

Foust, Pettiford Honored with Levine Awards for Contributions to Public Health

Evelyn Foust and Belinda Pettiford, two longtime leaders in NCDHHS’ Division of Public Health (DPH), were recognized by their peers for their accomplishments with Ronald H. Levine Legacy Awards.

Public Health Leaders’ Conference Addresses Health Equity

Public health leaders from across the state assembled in Raleigh Jan. 23–24 to share goals and objectives to advance health equity in North Carolina in 2020 and beyond. 

Maternal Health Discussed During U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Visit

North Carolina’s efforts to address and improve maternal health across the state were the focus of a listening session held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 27 in Raleigh.