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Members Named to State Science Advisory Board to Advise on Emerging Chemicals

Thursday, October 19, 2017 The heads of the state environmental and public health agencies today announced the new members of the newly expanded Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, which will examine new and emerging chemicals and their potential impacts to human health and the environment. The board of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and related fields will study ways to better protect North Carolina’s people and environment from new and emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.

DHHS Secretary Gets Flu Shot, Advises North Carolinians to Vaccinate with Flu Season Underway

Thursday, October 12, 2017

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., got her flu shot Thursday and encouraged others to get vaccinated, too, with the flu season underway.

North Carolina Focused on Improving Infant Mortality Rate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Carolina’s infant mortality rate dipped by 1.4 percent in 2016 to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births, compared with the 2015 rate of 7.3 infant deaths. The infant death rate has essentially plateaued, although this slight decrease is encouraging.

Rowan County EMS Team Wins NC's 2017 Paramedic Championship

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rowan County EMS' Daniel Medina and Aaron Thurston claimed top honors following the 27th Annual Paramedic Competition, held at the Koury Convention Center during the annual Emergency Medicine Today Conference.

DHHS Statement on Audit of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions

Monday, October 2, 2017

Statement from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on its audit of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions:

After the Office of the State Auditor found unreasonable spending by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, DHHS sent auditors to conduct a detailed examination and determined that in addition to the excessive salary for the CEO, several employees have severance allowances that may stretch to 36 months. This is excessive and raises concerns about the entity’s solvency and ability to continue to provide services in the event of a significant change in its leadership team. Cardinal should immediately bring its salary/compensation package for its CEO in line with the other LME/MCOs, and shed its excessive severance offerings. DHHS will continue to monitor Cardinal’s performance.

DHHS Begins Reform of Social Services

Friday, September 29, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health Human Services' Division of Social Services collaborated with the Office of State Budget and Management, which today released a request for proposal seeking a qualified vendor to conduct assessments of the state’s current social services and child welfare programs and develop a comprehensive plan for reform. Proposals are due Nov. 16, and a contract will be in place by March 1, 2018.

Smoking Rates Drop in North Carolina, But Not for Everyone

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The percentage of North Carolina adults who reported smoking cigarettes in 2016 is the lowest ever recorded, 17.9 percent. Despite this milestone, North Carolina’s smoking rate remains slightly higher than the national rate of 17.1 percent, and smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in our state.

First Lady, State Health Director Encourage North Carolinians to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined State Health Director Betsey Tilson, M.D., on Tuesday at Wake County Human Services to encourage North Carolinians to get vaccinated against the flu.

N.C. Sending Mobile Hospital Components to Florida Keys

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is sending a mobile, five-bed emergency department, a six-bed in-patient ward and diagnostic equipment to Marathon, Fla. after Hurricane Irma heavily damaged a 25-bed hospital.

Avoid Deadly Carbon Monoxide by Operating Generators, Charcoal Grills Outdoors

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Multiple North Carolina counties have reported power outages related to the effects of Hurricane Irma. As people use alternative sources of power, North Carolina health officials are cautioning people about the risk of using gasoline-powered equipment in enclosed spaces.