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DHHS Releases Health Equity Report

Friday, April 6, 2018

Today the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its Health Equity Report for 2018, which shows progress and areas for continued improvement for a healthier North Carolina.

DHHS Releases Funding Opportunity for Communities on Front Lines of Opioid Crisis

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a request for applications for community projects to combat the opioid crisis by advancing the goals of the NC Opioid Action Plan.

DHHS Sees Rise in Opioid Overdose Emergency Department Visits

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Emergency department visits for opioid overdose in North Carolina have risen sharply, with preliminary data for 2017 indicating more than 5,700 visits, a nearly 40 percent increase in opioid overdose ED visits compared to 2016. The 2017 increase represents a doubling of the number recorded in 2009.

Statement on Cherokee County Department of Social Services

Friday, March 16, 2018

Effective Monday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will temporarily assume leadership of child welfare services at the Cherokee County Department of Social Services, as authorized under state law.

DHHS, Carolinas Poison Center Investigating Increase in Emergency Department Visits Linked to Use of Potentially Contaminated Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

North Carolina health officials are alerting the public to a recent increase in emergency department visits by people who reported using cannabidiol (CBD) oil or a similar product in electronic cigarettes and/or vaporizing pens.

Kroger and Harris Teeter Pharmacies Join DHHS in Fight Against Prescription Drug Misuse

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kroger Pharmacies and Harris Teeter Pharmacies across North Carolina have joined the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in the fight against prescription drug misuse by integrating pharmacy data sharing information into their workflow.

DHHS Releases Request for Proposal for Medicaid Independent Enrollment Broker Services

Friday, March 2, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a request for proposal for independent enrollment broker services that will help beneficiaries enroll in the North Carolina Medicaid and NC Health Choice managed care programs.

Vendor Selected to Assist with North Carolina’s Social Services Reform

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Office of State Budget and Management, in consultation with the North Carolina Department of Health Human Services' Division of Social Services, has awarded a $2.5 million contract to SLI Global Solutions LLC subsidiary, the Center for the Support of Families, to provide technical assistance that will strengthen the state’s social services and child welfare programs.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Keeps North Carolina Families Warm

Monday, February 26, 2018

More than $9 million remains available to help eligible households pay their heating bills through the state-administered Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The federally funded program helps keep families safe and healthy by providing a one-time payment directly to the utility company.

CDC Releases Interim Estimates on Flu Vaccine Effectiveness as Flu Remains Widespread in North Carolina

Thursday, February 15, 2018

With flu activity in North Carolina remaining widespread, state health officials are continuing to encourage North Carolinians to get vaccinated. Interim estimates of vaccine effectiveness released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the vaccine is approximately 36 percent effective this season and 59 percent effective for children 6 months to 8 years old.