Press Releases

Take Simple Steps to Practice Water Safety and Protect Against Drowning, Health Officials Say

Friday, May 24, 2019

Heading to a beach, lake, river or pool this holiday weekend? Officials at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services caution swimmers to take steps to ensure water safety, including keeping a close watch on children and young adults and avoiding rip currents at the coast.

North Carolina Offers Hepatitis A Vaccinations at Treatment Centers

Thursday, May 23, 2019

To help those struggling with substance use disorders and enhance public health prevention efforts, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is focusing efforts to reach patients at risk for hepatitis A in the state-operated Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers.

NC Health Officials Urge Caution as Temperatures Climb

Thursday, May 23, 2019

With sweltering temperatures forecast over much of North Carolina for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are urging people to take steps to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses. 

Measles Precautions Urged by North Carolina Health Officials

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With multiple measles outbreaks occurring in the United States, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging preventive measures and reminding everyone that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles.

Governor Cooper, NCDHHS Promote Hepatitis Awareness, Encourage Vaccination, Testing

Friday, May 3, 2019

Chronic viral hepatitis affects more than 230,000 people in North Carolina, and because many more may have hepatitis but do not realize they are infected until they have symptoms, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May as Hepatitis Awareness Month, and May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day.

Online Positive Parenting Program Now Available for Parents in 100 North Carolina Counties

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 North Carolina families with young children can now take advantage of free online parenting support programs. The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) offers advice and ideas to help parents create a positive home environment for their children. This resource is now accessible to North Carolina parents through the program’s Triple P Online and Teen Triple P Online courses.  The Triple P online roll-out in all 100 counties is the largest of its kind in the country. Free access is available for 25,000 North Carolina parents and caregivers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

April is Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month; "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest Winners to be Announced

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April is Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in North Carolina, where last year more than 800 cases of tick-borne disease and more than 100 cases of domestically acquired and travel-associated mosquito-borne diseases were reported, based on preliminary data.

New Data Dashboard Illustrates State, County Impacts of Excessive Alcohol Use in North Carolina

Friday, April 12, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released today an interactive online dashboard, “Alcohol & the Public’s Health in North Carolina,” which provides alcohol-related information on all 100 counties. Assembled by the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the Division of Public Health, the dashboard was developed in response to requests from DHHS’ public health partners who have asked for more accessible data related to excessive alcohol use. 

Growing Number of North Carolina Teens at Risk of Addiction to Nicotine, Study Finds

Thursday, April 11, 2019 High school students are at risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, a fact confirmed by a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services analysis of vaping devices confiscated from students at seven schools in various parts of the state.

NC Early Childhood Summit Takes Place Wednesday

Friday, February 22, 2019 Stakeholders from across the state in early childhood health, education and child welfare will gather Wednesday for the 2019 NC Early Childhood Summit in Raleigh to launch the release of the NC Early Childhood Action Plan.   Speakers include Governor Roy Cooper, NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., former Governor James B. Hunt Jr., North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper and a keynote address by Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.