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State Health Officials Encourage Precautions, Remind North Carolinians of Services During Wintry Weather

Friday, December 7, 2018

With temperatures dipping significantly across the state and snow on its way for much of the state, North Carolina health officials are encouraging residents to take health and safety precautions as winter arrives.

Holiday Season a Great Time to Make Plan to Stop Smoking; QuitlineNC Can Help

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

With the holiday season gearing up, now is a good time for people who use tobacco to make a plan to quit and give the gift of health to themselves and their loved ones.

Gov. Cooper Designates December 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper designated Saturday, December 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina in recognition of the importance of HIV testing, awareness and treatment.

DHHS Extends Public Input Period for Draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan to Dec. 21

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has extended the public input period for the draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. 

North Carolina Strengthens its Fight Against Opioid Crisis by Helping Prescribers and Pharmacists Identify Patients at Risk

Monday, November 26, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina is strengthening its fight against the opioid epidemic by expanding the number of pharmacies participating in the Controlled Substance Reporting System. North Carolina is also activating a digital gateway to provide pharmacists and prescribers one-click access to patient information and data to identify those at risk for prescription drug addiction, overdose and death.

Help with Heating Costs Available Starting Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Low-income households with a person 60 or older or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services that need help covering the cost of heating their home this winter can apply for assistance starting Dec. 3.

More Than 720,000 North Carolinians Receive Disaster Food Assistance After Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

More than 720,000 North Carolinians in 304,000 households affected by Hurricane Florence received assistance buying food over the past seven weeks, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

North Carolina Office of Rural Health Celebrates 45 Years of Service Bringing Health Care to Underserved Communities

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The North Carolina Office of Rural Health, the oldest in the United States, today celebrates 45 years of service improving access to health care for the people of North Carolina. In honor of the milestone, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November 15 Rural Health Day in the state.

DHHS Releases Analysis of Selected Birth Defects in Five Southeastern North Carolina Counties

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released an analysis of four categories of birth defects in Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, New Hanover and Pender counties from 2003-2014 using data from the North Carolina Birth Defects Monitoring Program. The analysis was done to address concerns raised during the state’s ongoing investigation into GenX and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also referred to as PFAS. 

DHHS Commits to Further Action to Lower Infant Mortality Rates and Decrease Disparities

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

North Carolina’s infant mortality rate decreased to 7.1 deaths per 1,000 births, compared with a 2016 rate of 7.2 and a 2015 rate of 7.3, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' 2017 infant mortality rates. While the racial disparity between birth outcomes for white infants and African-American infants remains unacceptably high, there was a reduction in the gap in birth outcomes.