Newsletter Articles

With hearing loss on the rise as baby boomers enter their 60s and 70s, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed September as Deaf Awareness Month in North Carolina during a brief ceremony Sept. 5 attended by advocates for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Executive Mansion.

Governor Roy Cooper honored rehabilitation counselors for their work with people with disabilities in a proclamation that sets March 22 as Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day in North Carolina, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services is celebrating them too.

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.

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.

Governor Roy Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., unveiled North Carolina's Opioid Action Plan this week at the Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit.

Chris Hoke, Chief of the Division of Public Health's Office of Regulatory and Legal Affairs, was presented the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award on Jan. 18 during the statewide Public Health Leaders' Conference in Raleigh.

Lori Herrick, an investigations consultant with DHHS’ Division of Child Development and Early Education, appeared on a recent episode of “Returning the Favor,” a Facebook show hosted by Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame. Herrick co-founded the Women Roofers Group, a group that fixes roofs for Rutherford County residents in need. 

Division of Public Health employees participated in the N.C. Crunch event at the division’s Six Forks campus on Oct. 10. At the stroke of noon, a group of participants gathered outside and crunched into a North Carolina grown apple to celebrate National Farm to School Month and to promote local agriculture.

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

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

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.

Legislation that allows deaf and hard of hearing citizens to request a designation for their driver’s license from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles was signed into law last week by Governor Roy Cooper.

DHHS' Division of Public Health partnered with the City of Raleigh Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 epidemic with an exhibit designed by COR Museum Research Educator Ed Longe that guides visitors through North Carolina's experience and response to the epidemic, and what science has learned about handling epidemics today and for the future.

Open Enrollment is underway for state employees to sign up for the State Health Plan, NCFlex benefits and DHHS Supplemental Benefits Plan. But employees must take action soon! The enrollment period ends Oct. 31.

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