Newsletter Articles

DVRS Intern’s Adaptations Bring Joy of Toys Within Reach for Children with Disabilities

A simple battery interrupter assembled by Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services intern Sarah Gachuz is bringing joy to children with disabilities who can now activate battery-operated toys that previously posed a challenge for them to turn on and off.

DDS Employee Lawrence Holliday is ‘Wheel of Fortune’ W-I-N-N-E-R

Lawrence Holliday, an employee at DHHS’ Disability Determination Services, recently appeared on an episode of "Wheel of Fortune." It aired in the Triangle on Nov. 14. Holliday shared how he became a contestant on the game show and what the experience was like. 

DHHS Holds its First Native American Heritage Month Celebration

DHHS held its first-ever Native American Heritage Month event on Nov. 20 featuring members of the Lumbee tribe from Robeson County who were dressed in full regalia and provided native singing, dancing and storytelling.

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.