Newsletter Articles

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).

May is melanoma and skin cancer awareness month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer that begins in the melanocytes. These cells give you your skin color. Melanoma may begin as a mole.

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.

Employees from NCDHHS’ Divisions of Social Services, Public Health, and Child and Family Well-Being came together on April 26 at the Division of Public Health’s campus in Raleigh to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month.

NCDHHS is offering scholarships to individuals through the NC Radon Program to increase the number of Spanish speaking certified radon measurement and mitigation providers throughout North Carolina, and to increase awareness, testing and mitigation of elevated radon levels in the homes of the Hispanic community.

NCDHHS'  Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides a program to assist North Carolinians with disabilities in achieving their goal of competitive integrated employment. As a part of that program, DVRS can help people with disabilities find an internship in the career field of their choice to help them build job skills that will help them gain and maintain employment.

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

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.