Newsletter Articles

Division of Aging and Adult Services Presents 2019 Awards to Winners Making a Difference for NC’s Older Citizens

Each year, the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services awards individuals, organizations, programs and communities that have made significant contributions in support of the division’s efforts to enhance resources, services and opportunities for the state’s older citizens. 

Broughton Hospital Employee Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Service

The Governor's Award for Excellence is the highest honor a state employee can receive for dedicated service to the State of North Carolina and its citizens. The Governor's Awards for Excellence program acknowledges and expresses appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and state service.

NCDHHS Awarded Grant to Support Respite Care Programs

NCDHHS’ Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) will receive $240,000 for the first year of a 3-year project from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) Lifespan Respite Care Program for services provided by DHHS' respite programs. North Carolina is one of 16 states to receive ACL grant awards.

DHHS Receives Grant to Promote Public Health Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

NCDHHS’ Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help promote a public health approach to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. 

DHHS Offers Innovative Professional Development for NC Pre-K Teaching Community

The COVID-19 crisis has provided an important moment for NCDHHS’ Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) to lead the country by offering innovative, digital professional development supports to all NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) teachers across the state. While in-person learning is strongly recommended for all NC Pre-K children, DCDEE is working proactively to ensure that families who may need to quarantine are able to continue to readily support their child’s learning and stay aligned to their classmates.

DHHS Staff Donate Items to Bertie County Residents Impacted by Hurricane Isaias

Staff from the Elizabeth City, Washington and Wilmington unit offices of DHHS’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) recently delivered supplies to the local YMCA in Bertie County to help residents who were impacted by Hurricane Isaias in early August.

Four Local WIC Agencies Win Awards for Breastfeeding Programs

Four local WIC agencies were awarded the Loving Support Award of Excellence (LSA) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for exemplary breastfeeding support practices. The LSA was received by the local WIC programs in Clay, Gaston, New Hanover and Wilson counties.

Veterans Life Center in Butner Now Open

The Veterans Life Center, a residential program designed to improve the lives of veterans who are experiencing reintegration problems after serving in the military, held a grand opening on Aug. 1. The facility provides temporary housing and services to help veterans achieve self-reliance.

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.