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Operation Fan Heat Relief to Distribute Fans to Eligible Disabled and Older Adults Beginning May 1

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 As warmer weather arrives in North Carolina, the Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1 – Oct. 31. As individuals age and develop chronic medical conditions, they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. They may also be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. Operation Fan Heat Relief helps vulnerable adults at risk for heat-related illnesses stay safe during the summer.

DHHS, DPS Create Treatment Pilot for Inmates with Opioid Use Disorder to Transition after Prison

Friday, April 26, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Safety are partnering to create a new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to reduce the overdose-related deaths of people with an opioid disorder who are re-entering their communities upon leaving prison. 

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.

Healthy Connections Play a Vital Role in the Prevention of Child Abuse

Friday, April 5, 2019 To highlight the importance of healthy, caring connections between children and their parents and the communities in which they live, Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in North Carolina.

Eight More North Carolina Museums Offering Reduced or Free Admission for Low-Income Families

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Eight museums in North Carolina have been added to the list of attractions offering free or reduced admission to families that receive benefits from the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. The project started in 2017 at the state’s aquariums as a joint initiative between the North Carolina Departments of Natural and Cultural Resources and Health and Human Services and was inspired by the national Museums for All program.  

NCDHHS Kicks Off "Active & Healthy" Minority Health Month

Monday, April 1, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Minority Health Month in North Carolina. This year’s is theme “Active & Healthy,” and health advocates will be promoting the benefits of incorporating even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity into daily routines.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Still Available for Families Impacted by Cold Weather

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 North Carolinians struggling to pay heating costs have until March 29 to apply for help. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program has $11 million in funding available to cover up to $400 for heating assistance per family.  With $11 million in funding still available, eligible households can still apply for and, if approved, receive a one-time payment to their heating vendor to help offset the cost of heating their home. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the federally funded program will submit a payment in the amount of $200, $300 or $400.