Newsletter Articles

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.

Staff from the Elizabeth City, Washington and Wilmington unit offices of DHHS' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) recently delivered supplies to the local YMCA in Bertie County to help residents who were impacted by Hurricane Isaias in early August.

North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson at Wake County Human Services to encourage North Carolinians to get vaccinated against the flu.

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.

The North Carolina Rehabilitation Association hosted their 23rd annual C. Odell Tyndall Legislative Breakfast on June 13 in the cafeteria of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. 

The North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council honored heroes in the fight against diabetes in an award ceremony held Oct. 26 in Raleigh, just days before the start of Diabetes Awareness Month, declared by Governor Roy Cooper to draw attention to the disease that has no cure.

Eight NC Department of Health and Human Services employees received 2019 Richard Caswell Awards.

The 2018 North Carolina Health Equity Report from the NCDHHS Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities was included among the American Library Association’s Notable Government Documents for 2018.

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' Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) will receive $240,000 for the first year of a 3-year project from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) Lifespan Respite Care Program for services provided by DHHS' respite programs. North Carolina is one of 16 states to receive ACL grant awards.

A team from Rowan County gave the top performance at this week's North Carolina Paramedic Championship.

Art created by 130 residents of DHHS' J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center is on display at the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium through March 31. The work is part of the art show “Shine' and features mixed-media community artwork.

The Community Engagement and Empowerment team, a group within DHHS’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, works to connect communities with policymakers and help people advocate for themselves or for a family member. 

Back@Home is helping families who don’t qualify for FEMA Individual Assistance but need housing assistance.

Born three months premature, Jesse Sykes was not expected to live longer than 24 hours. At age 2, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy related to her premature birth. Doctors recommended she be put into a wheelchair, but her mother disagreed.