Press Releases

DHHS Urges Caution During Extreme Heat

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The hottest temperatures of the summer are forecast to hit parts of North Carolina over the next three days, pushing thermometers to the vicinity of triple digits and stressing people and pets. Temperatures in much of the state are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat indexes topping 100 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Joint DEQ, DHHS Release: State Releases First Water Quality Data, Updated Health Information for GenX in Cape Fear River

Friday, July 14, 2017

Data from samples collected June 19 and July 6 show that the most recent results of finished, or treated, water in all but one facility were below the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ health goal of 140 parts per trillion. The data also reveal that concentrations of GenX are trending downward.

Health Officials Encourage Caution as Temperatures Rise

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Symptoms of heat-related stress and illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting and can be avoided with proper precautions. Children, older adults, outdoor workers and those with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to illness during the hot summer months.

Statement from Secretary Cohen on Delivery of Behavioral Health Services in Nash County

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Statement from N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., about status of mental health, substance use and developmental disabilities services to residents of Nash County:

New Contracts Focus on Improved Behavioral Health Outcomes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is strengthening its contracts by seeking improved outcomes from the organizations that manage behavioral health care services supported with Medicaid and state mental health funds.

N.C. DHHS Releases Summary of Selected Cancer Rates for Counties in Cape Fear Region

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) examined data from the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry and shared a summary of that analysis earlier today with four local health department directors. 

Two Hospitals Selected to Increase Rural Psychiatric and Substance Use Treatment Capacity

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The new beds will help reduce travel distances to inpatient beds and decrease wait times for individuals in emergency departments who need inpatient behavioral health care. At least half of the beds will serve people who are unable to pay for care, or have Medicaid, Medicare, or TRICARE.

Hepatitis B, C on Rise in N.C.; Health Officials Encourage Precautions, Testing

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Based on preliminary data, 172 new cases of hepatitis B and 186 new cases of hepatitis C were reported across the state in 2016. An estimated 110,000 to 150,000 North Carolinians have a chronic hepatitis C infection, and 25,000 to 66,000 have a chronic hepatitis B infection.

Governor Cooper Announces $31 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic in NC

Thursday, May 18, 2017

North Carolina is a recipient of more than $31 million to address the opioid crisis through the 21st Century Cures Act, State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants.

State Health Officials Advise N.C. Residents to "Fight the Bite" During Warm Weather Months

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The North Carolina Division of Public Health is advising North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” and take important precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites during warm weather months.