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Early Childhood Data Available for all NC Counties

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The NC Department of Health and Human Services has released county data for the 10 goals and more than 50 measures that are part of the state’s Early Childhood Action Plan. These new data reports are available for all 100 counties and cover issues such as infant mortality, food and housing security, emergency room visits, child health, foster care, early learning and early literacy.

NC Continues Work to Assist People Living with Mental Illness to Find Housing, Services

Friday, November 8, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services submitted an annual report to the legislature on Nov. 1 highlighting significant progress in the Transition to Community Living Initiative (TCLI) to assist people with mental illness find housing and services in the community.

NC Public Health and Emergency Management Officials Conducting Ebola Drill

Monday, November 4, 2019

Officials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety will be participating with federal, state and local officials in a multi-state Ebola virus disease  emergency preparedness exercise Nov. 4–8, 2019. 

Lung Injury Cases Related to Vaping Increase; E-cigarette Use on the Rise

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The number of North Carolina cases of severe lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or vaping continues to rise with 61 cases in people ranging in age from 13 to 72. The North Carolina cases are among a rising outbreak reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 1,604 cases and 34 deaths in the United States and the US Virgin Islands as of Oct. 22. The acute lung injury cases have occurred in the context of a rapid rise of e-cigarette use by young people.

Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Center Named Best Nursing Home in North Carolina

Monday, October 28, 2019

Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, operated by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, was named the best nursing home in North Carolina by a new, national ranking recently compiled by Newsweek. Out of thousands of senior care organizations in the United States, 406 locations earned this distinction.

Back@Home NC Serves 1,000th Person

Friday, October 25, 2019

Back@Home North Carolina, the first statewide disaster rapid rehousing program, has housed over 1,000 people displaced by Hurricane Florence.

State Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death of 2019-20 Season

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health today announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season, which occurred the first week of October and involved an adult in the central part of the state. To protect the privacy of the family, the person's hometown, county, age and gender will not be released.

NC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Saving Lives

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North Carolina, the NC Department of Health and Human Services Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP) announced that it has screened more than 89,000 women from 2013 through 2018.

North Carolina’s Infant Death Rate Reaches Record Low

Monday, October 21, 2019

Governor Roy Cooper today noted that North Carolina’s infant deaths in 2018 reached their lowest rate in the 31 years they have been tracked, decreasing for a third straight year to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births down 4.2 percent from the previous year’s rate of 7.1 per 1000 live births.

NCCARE360 Announces 1,000th Referral

Thursday, October 17, 2019

NCCARE360, the state’s first coordinated care network that knits together health care, human services and community-based organizations to deliver person-centered care, is proud to announce its 1,000th referral.