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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.

DHHS Confirms Death Related to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A affecting parts of North Carolina. The death occurred in October. To protect the privacy of the family, additional details about the case are not being released.

State Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death of 2018-19 Season

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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 2018-19 flu season, which occurred last week 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.

DHHS Announces Grants to Local Health Departments to Address the Opioid Crisis with Community-Driven Strategies

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Twenty-two local health departments in North Carolina will receive a share of $1.8 million to implement high-impact, community-level strategies to address the opioid crisis based on the NC Opioid Action Plan.

DHHS Receives Results from Blood and Urine Testing of 30 Residents Near Fayetteville Works Site

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it has received results from blood and urine samples of 30 people living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility who rely on well water and were evaluated for the presence of GenX and 16 other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also referred to as PFAS.

North Carolina Wins $27 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid Misuse

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

North Carolina will receive $27 million over the next year to fight the state’s opioid epidemic by getting people off opioids and preventing others from misusing them, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Grants include $23 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will administer both grants. 

Governor Cooper Temporarily Suspends Fees for Replacement Vital Records for Victims of Hurricane Florence

Thursday, October 11, 2018

To further the Hurricane Florence recovery effort, Governor Roy Cooper has ordered the North Carolina Vital Records Office to temporarily waive its fees for North Carolinians who have been impacted by the storm and need replacement vital records. 

State Health Officials Call On North Carolinians to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

Monday, October 1, 2018

With flu season's arrival, health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging residents to protect themselves, their families and other people around them by getting vaccinated against the flu.

Governor Cooper Orders Mosquito Control for Disaster Counties

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Due to the increased populations of mosquitoes caused by flooding from Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts in counties currently under a major disaster declaration.