Newsletter Articles

Two NCDHHS leaders, Dr. Victoria Mobley and Larry Michael, were recently recognized by their peers for exemplary contributions to public health in North Carolina with the Ron H. Levine Public Health Award at the annual North Carolina Public Health Leader’s Conference on March 16 in Raleigh.

The NC Assistive Technology Program partnered with Solutions for Independence to host its first-ever Adaptive Recreation and Gaming Resource Fair on March 25 at Winston-Salem’s JDL Fast Track indoor track and field facility.

Gov. Cooper has declared April as the "Month of the Young Child" and April 1-7 as the "Week of the Young Child," encouraging all North Carolinians to support efforts that increase children and family access to high-quality early childhood education.

NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley spoke at the Employment First NC Anniversary Celebration on March 22 highlighting programs that help job seekers with disabilities gain resume-building skills and experience, expand professional networks, and prepare for in-demand careers.

North Carolina’s DeafBlind community is celebrating the 10th anniversary of a remarkable program called “iCanConnect,” which distributes at no charge to eligible North Carolinians with both hearing loss and vision loss specialized equipment and software designed to enable distance communication, such as over the telephone or in a meeting room.

Nearly 24,000 services have been delivered to nearly 3,000 NC Medicaid beneficiaries as part of the Healthy Opportunities Pilots since the program began in March 2022.

Gov. Cooper has proclaimed November as Diabetes Awareness Month, recognizing that more than 1 million adults report being diagnosed by a health care professional and more than 72,000 are estimated to be diagnosed with the disease annually in North Carolina. 

Two projects from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – the Energy Provider Portal and the Encounter Processing System – have been selected as finalists for the NC TECH Awards for the best use of technology. The NC Tech Awards is North Carolina's only statewide technology awards program that recognizes innovation, growth and leadership in the tech sector and is presented by the NC TECH (North Carolina Technology Association).  

Two North Carolinians have received the Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Award for their efforts to promote access to and use of equipment that enhances the learning, working or daily living of those with disabilities.

Facial pain ranges from acute to chronic, from tissue injury to nerve injury. Facial pain conditions include cluster headaches and temporomandibular joint/disorder (TMJ/TMD), to lesser known neuropathic pain conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia, geniculate neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and anesthesia dolorosa.

Gov. Cooper has proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, recognizing that one in eight women in North Carolina will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Sickle cell disease is a group of conditions that affect hemoglobin, which allows red blood cells to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Red blood cells that contain sickle hemoglobin are inflexible and can stick to blood vessel walls, causing a blockage that slows or stops blood flow.

The 100 Counties in 100 Days campaign was a new initiative by NCDHHS’ Forensic Tests for Alcohol (FTA) Branch and other traffic safety partners to increase Driving While Impaired (DWI) awareness across the state by providing Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile units in all 100 North Carolina counties during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer — the period of time from Memorial Day to Labor Day when fatal vehicle crashes increase.

Three North Carolina WIC agencies – Buncombe County, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Toe River Health District – have been awarded the WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for exemplary breastfeeding support practices.

Dr. Scott Shone, Director of the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, was recently appointed as the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) representative to the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC). This appointment will continue to lift up our North Carolina voice on a critical federal committee.