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DHHS Joins Forces with Prescribers and Payers to Fight the NC Opioid Epidemic

Monday, August 28, 2017

DHHS has established a Payers’ Council to bring together health care payers across the state to partner on benefit design, member services and pharmacy policies to reduce opioid misuse and overdose.

Radioactive Device Missing from Garner Construction Site Recovered Friday Morning

Friday, August 25, 2017

A measuring tool with a radioactive component used to test density in soil compaction during construction was recovered Friday morning after the report it went missing Thursday night.

Radioactive Device Missing From Construction Site in Garner

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The device uses radioactive materials to test density in soil compaction during construction. It went missing from a private contractor at the McCuller’s Walk Apartments jobsite, 500 Shady Summit Way in Garner, and the disappearance was reported to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at 7:58 p.m.

DHHS Encourages Safety For Those Planning to View Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people who plan to view Monday’s solar eclipse to use proper eye protection and take steps to reduce the risk of heat-related illness.

DHHS Observes Health Center Week

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In recognition, DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., today visited the Advance Community Health Center in Raleigh and Gov. Roy Cooper signed a proclamation designating the third week of August as National Health Center Week in North Carolina.

DHHS Joins Other Organizations in Recognizing Importance of Breastfeeding

Thursday, August 10, 2017

According to North Carolina’s Acting State Health Director, Kelly Kimple, MD, MPH, breastfeeding has long- and short-term benefits that include lowering the risk of acute conditions such as respiratory and ear infections, more serious chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma or even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Child Welfare Services Implements NC FAST Pilot in Five Counties

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The new technology will also enable cross-county communication when families move across county lines, with the goal of better protecting the more than 11,000 children and youth in foster care and 125,000 children who receive Child Protective Services assessments each year.

DHHS Shares Detailed Design for Medicaid Managed Care; Public Input on Proposal Is Welcome

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a detailed proposed design for transforming the state Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs to managed care, as directed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015. DHHS is accepting comments on this proposal through Sept. 8, 2017.

DEQ, DHHS Share Budget Request to Protect Water, Ensure Long-Term Monitoring, Analysis and Enforcement

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

In response to the ongoing investigation into the compound GenX and drinking water in the Cape Fear region, Governor Cooper announced that the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services would request critical funding to support additional scientists, engineers and health professionals to ensure water testing and protection statewide.

Immunizing Your Adolescent Is a Must for Back to School

Thursday, August 3, 2017

As children move into adolescence, they are more susceptible to certain diseases, making it more important to stay current with immunizations. For preteens, ages 11-12, there are four recommended vaccines, some of which are required for school entry in North Carolina.