Newsletter Articles

In an ongoing effort to encourage increased awareness, understanding and recognition of the many contributions made by DeafBlind North Carolinians, Gov. Cooper has proclaimed June 2024 as DeafBlind Awareness Month.

NCDHHS joins the nation in celebrating our LGBTQ+ community. As we prepare for Pride month and Pride celebrations through the fall, we want to remind Pride event organizers and attendees of available health resources to celebrate safely and protect their sexual health.

As the Healthy Opportunities Pilots (HOP) program reaches its second anniversary, results from an independent study prove that the program is a success. HOP is the nation’s first comprehensive program to test and evaluate the impact of providing select evidence-based, non-medical interventions related to housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety, and toxic stress to high-needs Medicaid enrollees.

NCDHHS' Assistive Technology Program is a state and federally-funded initiative that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities. The program promotes independence for people with disabilities through access to adaptive equipment at its nine AT Centers throughout North Carolina. On May 3, NCATP hosted the third of its three AT Resource Fair Pop-Up events at the Charlotte AT Center.

Two NCDHHS leaders, Dr. Virginia Guidry and Scott Proescholdbell, were recently recognized by their peers for their exemplary accomplishments with the Ron H. Levine Public Health Award at the annual North Carolina Public Health Leader’s Conference on March 14 in Raleigh.

The application period is now open for NCDHHS’ Historically Black College/University and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) and Change Champion Internship program's Summer Cohort. The application period closes on March 22. The HBCUs/MSIs and Change Champion Internship program, in coordination with the Division of Public Health, is a component of the department’s workforce development initiative that encourages college students to seek careers in public health and government.

Spark is a new program within NCDHHS designed to help people who are working in sheltered work programs shift into competitive integrated employment. It gives people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the support they need so that they can work at the kinds of jobs they want

Julie Dutchess, an assistive technologist with NCDHHS, received this year’s Joy Zabala Spirit Award in recognition of her dedication and passion for utilizing assistive technology in the workplace for people with disabilities. The award was presented to her at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference last week in Orlando, Florida.

NCDHHS celebrated the historic investment in behavioral health this week with a kickoff at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Secretary Kody H. Kinsley, Representative Carla Cunningham and Senator Jim Burgin opened the event by noting the $835 million allocated by the NC General Assembly, which will provide for transformational changes in behavioral health care for every person in North Carolina. This funding was made possible by the federal signing bonus from the enactment of Medicaid expansion.

NCDHHS is in partnership with Alliance Health, the Wake County Public School System and Embassy Suites to help implement Project SEARCH, where interns with disabilities are spending their senior year of high school working and learning in one of the nicest hotels in Cary.

This week, NCDHHS leaders joined the annual NC Crunch event at A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center in Raleigh in celebration of NC Farm to School and Early Care and Education Month. NC Crunch recognizes the importance of healthy eating habits in supporting child and family well-being, while promoting North Carolina agriculture, by crunching into locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Read about how a Goldsboro automotive manufacturing company has benefitted from hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through NCDHHS' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

The application period is now open for NCDHHS’ Historically Black College/University and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) and Change Champion Internship program's 2024 Spring cohort.

NCDHHS' Assistive Technology Program held its first in-person Annual Assistive Technology Expo event in three years on Oct. 5 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh. Learn more about how the attendees learned about some of the latest advancements in assistive technology.

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, which is a great opportunity to raise awareness on how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Read more about the signs of hearing loss and what you can do to prevent it.