Newsletter Articles

Sickle cell disease is a group of conditions that affect hemoglobin, which allows red blood cells to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Red blood cells that contain sickle hemoglobin are inflexible and can stick to blood vessel walls, causing a blockage that slows or stops blood flow.

The 100 Counties in 100 Days campaign was a new initiative by NCDHHS’ Forensic Tests for Alcohol (FTA) Branch and other traffic safety partners to increase Driving While Impaired (DWI) awareness across the state by providing Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile units in all 100 North Carolina counties during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer — the period of time from Memorial Day to Labor Day when fatal vehicle crashes increase.

Three North Carolina WIC agencies – Buncombe County, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Toe River Health District – have been awarded the WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for exemplary breastfeeding support practices.

Dr. Scott Shone, Director of the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, was recently appointed as the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) representative to the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC). This appointment will continue to lift up our North Carolina voice on a critical federal committee.

Aligned with NCDHHS' priority to build a strong and inclusive workforce, the Division of Public Health (DPH) launched a targeted recruitment effort for internship placement in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in May 2022.

In its first quarter report, covering January through March 2022, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services outlined the state’s progress in initiating the implementation of priorities outlined in its Olmstead Plan.

This year, the theme for National Breastfeeding Month is Together We Can Do Great Things, which celebrates the power and impact of our collective efforts. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee’s vision of thriving families and communities cannot be achieved by any one person, or by just one organization. It happens with daily effort by us all, and by working together to make change. We look forward to celebrating all efforts in service to babies, families, and human milk feeding during August.

In recognition of the 23rd anniversary of the Olmstead ruling, NCDHHS is spotlighting stories that embody the principles of Olmstead in partnership with the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and First in Families of North Carolina.

DHHS' Chief Deputy Secretary for Opportunity and Well-Being, Susan Gale Perry, recently spoke to human services leaders from across the country at the American Public Health Services Association (APHSA) National Health and Human Services 2022 Summit. Perry shared her personal journey with human services and celebrated NCDHHS’ accomplishments during a TED-style talk as part of a session on “Advancing Economic and Social Mobility.”

Debra Farrington has stepped into a new role at NCDHHS, becoming its next Chief Health Equity Officer. She previously served as chief of staff for NC Medicaid, where she received the 2022 John R. Larkins Award for her commitment to justice and equality in the workplace and the community. She shares some of the insights she’s gained from working in public health and observing challenges to receiving health care.

In an effort led by the Communicable Disease Branch in NCDHHS' Division of Public Health (DPH), a team consisting of epidemiologists, entomologists, and veterinarians from NCDHHS, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently assembled to conduct entomologic surveillance and collected more than 600 ticks over around six acres in Nash County. 

The North Carolina Radon Program is offering $800 scholarships to increase the number of minority radon measurement and mitigation providers throughout the state and to increase awareness of the importance of testing for and mitigation of elevated radon levels in homes in minority communities.

Dr. Zack Moore and all of North Carolina's 85 local health directors were recognized by their peers for their extraordinary accomplishments with the Ron H Levine Public Health Award at the annual North Carolina Public Health Leader’s Conference on May 19 in Raleigh, NC.

NCDHHS' Toxicology Laboratory for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has achieved national re-accreditation from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT).

NCDHHS is joining partners across the state in celebrating Older Americans Month 2022. Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce and more. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month 2022 is Age My Way.