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In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, NCDHHS’ Division of Public Health (DPH) recently launched its North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation application period.

At the 2021 Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit on May 4-6, 2021, North Carolina leaders, including Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., highlighted the states progress in addressing the opioid epidemic, the impact of COVID-19 on the opioid epidemic and launched the updated Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan.

Five NCDHHS employees were recently honored with the 2021 Richard Caswell Award for 45 years of public service. The NCDHHS employees join 12 other state employees in the honor and collectively make up more than 765 years of public service.

Approximately 1.6 million of the current 2.5 million Medicaid beneficiaries will transition to NC Medicaid Managed Care on July 1, 2021. Under Managed Care, the State is contracting with insurance companies, called Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs). PHPs will be paid a capitated rate, which is a pre-determined set rate per person to provide health care services.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is joining the North Carolina Department of Revenue to encourage families with children who have not already received $335 in coronavirus relief funding to apply for a payment before the May 31, 2021 deadline.

North Carolina’s future prosperity depends on the success of its young children today – that’s why early childhood has been a

Employees from across NCDHHS were honored with the annual NCDHHS Team Recognition Awards in a virtual event on March 25. The awards recognized NCDHHS teams who have gone above and beyond to further our mission and demonstrated the NCDHHS values during 2020.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is celebrating the 100 th 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.

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

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.