Newsletter Articles

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.

Department Hosts Cybersecurity Town Hall Alongside U.S. DHHS

The North Carolina and U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services teamed up for town hall on Jan. 22 to educate health care and IT professionals about managing cybersecurity threats and protecting patients.

North Carolina Celebrates 10 Years of Smoke-Free Restaurants

January marks the 10th anniversary of when North Carolina’s smoke-free restaurants and bars law went into effect. A decade later, the law remains the strongest in the Southeast.

Secretary Cohen, Leadership Celebrate NCDHHS Employees at Team Recognition Awards

Department of Health and Human Services employees from facilities and offices throughout North Carolina crowded into the Dorothea Dix Campus Haywood Gymnasium in Raleigh on Jan. 16 to celebrate the New Year and reaffirm the Department’s core values at the second annual NCDHHS Team Recognition Awards. 

NCDHHS, State Employees Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

State employees from across North Carolina, including many from the Department of Health and Human Services, attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Program and John R. Larkins Award Ceremony on Jan. 17 in Raleigh. The annual event commemorates the life of Dr. King and celebrates the value of public service. This year's ceremony featured former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the first African American woman to hold this federal appointment.

NC Mobile Disaster Hospital Supports Atlanta Community in State of Emergency

North Carolina’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) Mobile Disaster Hospital was deployed Dec. 16 to aid Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital after a burst water pipe damaged more than 200 rooms.