Newsletter Articles

As Hurricane Irma brushes the state, public health officials are joining other statewide emergency response partners to provide resources and tools to local health departments promoting emergency preparedness in local communities. 

The North Carolina Department of Revenue is partnering with a nonprofit alliance of tax software companies to provide free electronic tax filing services.

The Human & Social Web Applications Management Unit of DHHS’ Information Technology Division is helping DHHS’ Hearings & Appeals Section go paperless.

In the spirit of “Neighbor Helping Neighbor', Governor Roy Cooper has authorized an expansion of Community Service Leave (CSL) Policy to allow state employees to use up to 40 hours of CSL for any Hurricane Florence-related volunteer activity.

Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order to increase opportunities for fair wages, employment and careers for people with disabilities. 

Cherry Hospital Volunteer Services recently celebrated its participants at an Appreciation Reception. The hospital engages with both ongoing, registered volunteers and special event volunteers, which make a difference in the mental health treatment experience.

Four DHHS employees were recently honored with 2019 Governor's Awards for Excellence: Mindy Jane Coleman of Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Center; Steven C. King of Broughton Hospital; Martha Swindell Brown of Cherry Hospital; and Dr. Susan M. Kansagra of the Division of Public Health.

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.

Governor Roy Cooper and Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing leadership celebrated September as Deaf Awareness Month during an event at the capitol building on Sept. 6,

New Federal Tax Withholding Tables were added to the Integrated HR/Payroll System last month, and some DHHS employees may be wondering if they need to change their withholding allowance.

Disability Analyst Juni Cuevas had no intention of trying out for the TV show “MasterChef” when auditions came to Raleigh in September. After a coworker convinced him to audition, he got the call to come to Los Angeles.

Employees of the NC Department of Health and Human Services have been part of a groundswell of neighbors across our state helping neighbors to recover from the devastating winds that sent trees crashing into homes and torrential rains that left some homes, businesses, parks and highways under water in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Florence on Sept. 14 and Michael on Oct. 11.

Susan Osborne, DHHS’ Assistant Secretary for County Operations, was recently awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Two new features have been enabled on that help DHHS improve communication with the people we serve. 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services celebrated Antibiotic Awareness Week by announcing the winners of the “Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care Campaign' poster contest.