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Friday, December 1, 2023


North Carolina Working to Attract and Retain Early Childhood Teachers

North Carolina is making it easier for aspiring and current early childhood teachers to get classroom experience and college credit to meet the state’s growing child care needs. The NC Department of Health and Human Services announced today early care and learning teachers can now use their previous training and skills development to qualify for NC Community College credits to earn certificates and further their higher education. High school students can now also use career and technical education courses and apprenticeship opportunities to get a head start on a career as an early childhood teacher.

New comprehensive resource available to support breastfeeding

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today announced the launch of a new website: BreastfeedNC.com. A new website dedicated to providing comprehensive information and resources to support North Carolina mothers and families interested in breastfeeding.

Chat and Tele-Town Hall: Overdose Prevention: Supporting NC Teens & Young Adults

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will host a live fireside chat and tele-town hall on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss substance use, overdose prevention and how we can support teens and young adults in North Carolina.

State Takes Action To Start Medicaid Expansion Oct. 1

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with Medicaid expansion and announcing the anticipated start date of Oct. 1, 2023. This announcement is part of a compromise agreement NCDHHS obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that will allow the department to move forward with the required public notices for beneficiaries, counties and providers while still awaiting authority from the NC General Assembly.

NCDHHS Urges Caution After Three Deaths Due to Vibrio this Summer

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging North Carolinians to be aware of the potential dangers of having wounds or cuts open to saltwater or brackish water following reports of three deaths due to Vibrio infections in North Carolina residents.

Keeping You and Your Pets Healthy While Enjoying Recreational Waters

As summer activities heat up and North Carolinians flock to recreational waters to beat the higher temperatures, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents to prioritize safety and adopt best practices for enjoying water activities with their pets. When swimming in lakes and rivers, it is crucial to ensure the well-being of both humans and their pets.

NCDHHS Advises Caution During Hot Summer Months to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

RALEIGH — Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are advising North Carolinians take precautions to protect themselves, their children and their pets from heat-related illness as temperatures across the state rise and remain high throughout the summer.

NCDHHS Launches Take Pride Now Campaign to Encourage Sexual Health, Encourage Mpox Vaccinations, Reduce Disease Transmission

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching the Take Pride Now campaign to encourage sexual health. This campaign promotes safer sex practices, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) prevention, testing and treatment.

The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency

The US Public Health Emergency, declared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, ends today. Although the public health emergency is over, COVID-19 vaccines, testing and treatment will continue to be free in North Carolina, regardless of health insurance or immigration status, while supplies last.

Operation Fan Heat Relief Distributing Fans to Eligible Recipients May 1–Oct. 31 to Help Adults Stay Safe During Summer

RALEIGH — As temperatures begin rising, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ 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. 31to help older adults at risk stay safe this summer.
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NCDHHS Urges Vaccination for Children 6 Months and Older

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first pediatric flu-related death for the 2023-2024 flu season. A child in the western part of the state recently died from complications associated with influenza infection. To protect the family’s privacy, additional information will not be released.
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