Newsletter Articles

DHHS Celebrates US Antibiotics Awareness Week

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.

Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD to give keynote address at National Academy of Medicine Symposium next week

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, is the keynote speaker next week at the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) health care symposium Nov. 21–22, 2019 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Durham. 

NCDHHS Staff Participate in Multi-State Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Preparedness Exercise

Officials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety participated with federal, state and local partners in a multi-state Ebola virus disease emergency preparedness exercise Nov. 4–8, 2019. 

Four DHHS Employees Honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence

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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Helps Those with TBI Find, Keep Employment

In North Carolina, nearly 79,000 people sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2015. Of those, more than 1,800 died, more than 7,000 were hospitalized and nearly 70,000 were treated and released from emergency departments. For survivors, depending on the severity of a TBI, effects can include impairments related to thinking or memory, movement, vision or hearing, and to emotional functioning that may interfere with finding or keeping a job. This is an area where DHHS’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) can help.

DHHS Shoutouts: Nov. 6, 2019

Planchard Named to 2019-2020 Class for Leadership North Carolina; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services staffer Bobbie Chestnut was named Disability Advocate of the Year; DDS Employee to Appear on "Wheel of Fortune;" Public Health’s Children & Youth Branch Volunteers for Habitat; Medicaid Employees Serve Senior Citizens; Medicaid Leader’s Article on Improving Health and Health Care Delivery Published in Journal.

DHHS Mobilizes to Make Progress on NC Early Childhood Action Plan

NCDHHS staff are mobilizing across divisions to make progress on North Carolina’s Early Childhood Action Plan. Department leaders recently spent two days working in cross-sector teams to strategize and make plans to leverage and align work in three priority areas for 2020. 

NC’s 100 Distinguished Public Health Nurses Includes 11 from Division of Public Health

Eleven nurses from the Division of Public Health are among recipients of the 100 Distinguished Public Health Nurses in North Carolina award as part of the Centennial Anniversary of the Office of Public Health Nursing.

NC WIC Program Recognized with National IT Award for Benefits Card, Mobile App

North Carolina’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was recently honored for its work in implementing an electronic benefits transfer card (eWIC) and mobile app (Bnft) for participants.

North Carolinians Without Health Insurance Encouraged to Sign Up for Coverage

Having health insurance is a big part of being healthy. If you don’t have health coverage, consider enrolling for 2020 coverage through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, 2019.