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More Than 720,000 North Carolinians Receive Disaster Food Assistance After Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

More than 720,000 North Carolinians in 304,000 households affected by Hurricane Florence received assistance buying food over the past seven weeks, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

North Carolina Office of Rural Health Celebrates 45 Years of Service Bringing Health Care to Underserved Communities

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The North Carolina Office of Rural Health, the oldest in the United States, today celebrates 45 years of service improving access to health care for the people of North Carolina. In honor of the milestone, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November 15 Rural Health Day in the state.

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.

DHHS Seeks Public Input on Draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan by Nov. 30

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a draft of the state’s Early Childhood Action Plan, following Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order in August directing DHHS to spearhead the development of a statewide early childhood plan. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft plan by Nov. 30. 

DHHS Announces Grants to Local Health Departments to Address the Opioid Crisis with Community-Driven Strategies

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Twenty-two local health departments in North Carolina will receive a share of $1.8 million to implement high-impact, community-level strategies to address the opioid crisis based on the NC Opioid Action Plan.

Residents of Three More Counties Affected by Hurricane Florence Can Apply for Help Buying Food

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Starting Thursday, residents of Chatham, Durham and Guilford counties impacted by Hurricane Florence will be able to apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP.”

North Carolina Receives State and Federal Funding to Support Victims of Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has secured more than $8.5 million in new federal and state funding to support the ongoing behavioral health needs of those impacted by Hurricane Florence. The funds will help make recovery possible for those in the state’s disaster declared counties.