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Flu Activity Widespread in North Carolina

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Influenza activity is rising in North Carolina as we move closer to the peak of the 2018-19 flu season. Although vaccination early in the season is preferred, it is never too late to get vaccinated and help protect yourself and others from the spread of this dangerous, sometimes deadly virus.

DHHS Announces Prepaid Health Plan Contracts for Medicaid Managed Care

Monday, February 4, 2019

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the selection of Prepaid Health Plans that will participate in Medicaid managed care when the program launches in November 2019. Contracts were awarded after careful evaluation of all responses to the Request for Proposal issued by DHHS on Aug. 9, 2018. 

DHHS’ Office of Rural Health Seeks Input on Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs to Aid Underserved Areas

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health is hosting six meetings across the state to gather stakeholder input regarding the J-1 Visa Waiver program and NC’s Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs under N.C. General Assembly Session Law HB 998. The meetings are open to the public and are intended to gather feedback about current processes and possible program modifications to help ensure maximum benefits to rural North Carolina communities. 

DHHS, Mountain Area Health Education Center to Train Next Generation of NC Doctors to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Mountain Area Health Education Center to increase the number of doctors who graduate from North Carolina residency programs with the training necessary to provide medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder through a grant awarded to the state by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DHHS to Survey Citizens on GenX and PFAS Concerns

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is surveying people living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Facility about their concerns related to GenX and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

North Carolina Receives $4.5-million Early Childhood Grant, Governor Cooper Announces

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

North Carolina has been awarded a $4.5-million preschool development grant, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The grant will help North Carolina improve the health, safety, and developmental and academic readiness of young children across the state. 

Winter Heating Season Is a Good Time for Radon Testing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

As families button up their homes to guard against winter’s chill it is an ideal time to make plans to test for radon, the odorless, colorless gas that is our nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes more than 21,000 deaths each year, making it the second most common cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the number one cause among non-smokers. 

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early Because of Federal Shutdown

Friday, January 11, 2019

Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February.

NCDHHS and Partners Release New Oral Health Practice Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Pregnant Women

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

North Carolina health leaders are promoting new oral health guidance to advance maternal and infant health. In 2016, the Division of Public Health, focusing on better birth outcomes and the reduction of infant mortality, convened the NC Perinatal Oral Health Task Force, which includes representatives from public health and state-funded medical and dental training institutions.

End of Year Data Shows More Treatment Access Needed to Stem North Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Unintentional opioid-related overdose resulted in 1,884 deaths in North Carolina last year, a 34 percent increase from the 1,407 deaths attributed to the same cause in 2016, and state health officials say the increase is due to the increase in potent illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl