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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.