Newsletter Articles

The deadline for giving to the 2018 State Employees Combined Campaign has been extended to Dec. 14.

Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order to increase opportunities for fair wages, employment and careers for people with disabilities. 

Cherry Hospital Volunteer Services recently celebrated its participants at an Appreciation Reception. The hospital engages with both ongoing, registered volunteers and special event volunteers, which make a difference in the mental health treatment experience.

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.

The COVID-19 crisis has provided an important moment for NCDHHS' Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) to lead the country by offering innovative, digital professional development supports to all NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) teachers across the state. While in-person learning is strongly recommended for all NC Pre-K children, DCDEE is working proactively to ensure that families who may need to quarantine are able to continue to readily support their child's learning and stay aligned to their classmates.

The goal of National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is to celebrate individuals in recovery and increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorders.

Secretary Cohen has been promoting the EveryBody Works NC campaign to raise awareness of resources available for employers to hire and retain employees with disabilities and for jobseekers with disabilities to find meaningful employment. 

A publication created by DHHS’ Division of Public Health to help North Carolina communities fight cancer was included in an American Library Association’s list of notable government documents published in 2017.

In the spirit of “Neighbor Helping Neighbor', Governor Roy Cooper has authorized an expansion of Community Service Leave (CSL) Policy to allow state employees to use up to 40 hours of CSL for any Hurricane Florence-related volunteer activity.

Susan Osborne, DHHS’ Assistant Secretary for County Operations, was recently awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Two new features have been enabled on www.ncdhhs.gov that help DHHS improve communication with the people we serve. 

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.

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.

The Adaptive Engineering Technology team at the Riddle Center designs, modifies and repairs specialty wheelchairs – most of which are very complex in function – and makes or modifies items such as helmets, splints and beds to assist residents with activities of daily living.

Disability Analyst Juni Cuevas had no intention of trying out for the TV show “MasterChef” when auditions came to Raleigh in September. After a coworker convinced him to audition, he got the call to come to Los Angeles.