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Governor Cooper Recognizes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed March 2018 as “Intellectual and Developmental Disability Awareness Month,” and in doing so commends North Carolinians living with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, as well as the organizations and agencies that work with them.

Division of Aging and Adult Services Presents Awards for Work with Older Adults

The NC Department of Health and Human Services agency that promotes independence and dignity for North Carolina’s older citizens, recently recognized the extraordinary works of an individual, a local government agency and a stakeholder’s group for their ongoing work to meet the needs of North Carolina’s older citizens. 

Shonkoff Challenges NC to Regain Early Childhood Leadership Role for 21st Century

A renowned researcher on early childhood encouraged North Carolina advocates to go beyond traditional thinking to improve the health, safety and well-being of the state’s children.

Panel Lays Out Challenges and Opportunities in Early Childhood Education

North Carolina has a long history of leading in early education. But panelists participating in the final session of the North Carolina Early Childhood Summit said we must do more to change early learning outcomes for all young children across the state—especially children of color.

NC Leaders, Advocates Gather for Early Childhood Action Plan Launch

Governor Roy Cooper, former Governor Jim Hunt, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, and other top leaders in early childhood came together to launch a detailed framework to galvanize coordinated, statewide public and private action to improve health, safety, family resilience and early learning outcomes for young children. 

Racial Equity, Health of Mothers and Newborns Drives Early Childhood Summit Discussion

Better supporting women before and after they give birth can help improve the health of babies in North Carolina. That was the focus of the first of three panel discussions at the North Carolina Early Childhood Summit on Feb. 27, as part of the launch of the North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan.

Healthy Connections a Key to Future Success for Children

Strong, positive relationships with caring adults can pave the way for a child's success in school and life. The importance of those connections were discussed by a panel at the North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan Summit held in Raleigh on Feb. 27.

Office of Minority Health Facilitates Panel on Equity and Health Among Young Children

The Office of Minority Health hosted a Child Health Equity Chat and Chew panel to discuss issues surrounding equity and health among young children on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Adams Building on Raleigh’s Dix Campus. 

Money Follows the Person Project Extended to Continue Community Transitions

A state project that helps Medicaid-eligible North Carolinians who live in inpatient facilities move into their own homes and communities with supports has been extended through Sept. 30, 2021. 

Safety Programs Team Reduces Workplace Injuries by 28 Percent, Cites $30 Million Saved in Additional Costs

Since joining DHHS in 2014, Safety Programs Director Martin Sinicki and his team have reduced workplace injuries within the Department of Health and Human Services by 28 percent, and lowered worker’s compensation costs by an astonishing $30 million.