State Center guide picked as ‘Notable Government Document’

The ‘North Carolina Health Statistics Pocket Guide 2011,‘ a free publication from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ State Center for Health Statistics, has been selected by the American Library Association as a Notable Government Document.

The 2011 Guide marks the 100th anniversary of the Center for Health Statistics and its collecting, analyzing and disseminating of data on the health status of North Carolinians. Published in August 2013, it provides a demographic snapshot of North Carolina and how the state relates to the whole of the nation, as well as where it ranks among other states in overall health and health outcomes.” The Guide is available at www.schs.state.nc.us/schs/data/pocketguide/2011.

The American Library Association announced the winners in its publication, LIBRARYJOURNAL, in an article that marks 30 years of selections by the Notable Government Documents Roundtable.  The Roundtable was formed to recognize excellence and raise awareness of information resources produced by all levels of government and promote their use. The Guide is among four North Carolina publications recognized by the Roundtable this year along with those from seven other states selected by the Roundtable. The complete article with winners listed by state is available at: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2014/05/best-of/three-decades-of-excellence/.

Leaders from LME-MCOs, State Care Facilities Meet in Summit

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Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services Dave Richard recently hosted a summit with Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organization chief executive officers and directors from state operated healthcare facilities in an effort to foster collaborative efforts to move the state’s behavioral health and developmental disabilities services forward.

The summit, held Aug. 22 at Camp Eason in Butner, had the goal of identifying issues that are barriers to providing the most effective services. Attendees were a mix of seasoned executive as well as individuals new to their positions, but with outstanding leadership experience.

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A day of firsts at Commission of Indian Affairs

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(Left to right) N.C. Medicaid Director Robin Cummings, Department of Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos join members of the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs, Marvel Welch, Jesse Jacobs, Wanda Burns-Ramsey, Commission Chair Ruth Revels, Dorothy Crowe and Larece Hunt, with Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby and Commission Executive Director Greg Richardson.

It was a day of firsts at the Sept. 5 annual meeting of the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs, held in Raleigh at the N.C. Association of Educators Building.

The presence of DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos marked the first time anyone holding her office has attended a Commission meeting. The attendance of Department of Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge created the first time two cabinet secretaries have simultaneously attended a Commission meeting.

It was noted that Gov. Pat McCrory and Secretary Wos are the “first and only administration to appoint an American Indian as State Health Director, Deputy Secretary for Health Services and Medicaid Director. Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, a Lumbee Indian, holds all three positions. Cummings has served on the Commission and chaired the Indian Health Initiative and was instrumental in the development of the N.C. Indian Health Board. He introduced Secretary Wos to the Commission.

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Taiwan Health Minister, delegation hosted at DHHS

Taiwan Minister of Health and Welfare Wen-Ta Chiu (seated with DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos) brought a delegation to DHHS Aug. 19 to learn from Secretary Wos and key staff members about North Carolina’s strategies and programs including NC FAST, NCTracks and Crisis Solution Initiatives. The delegation was accompanied by Dr. PIkuei Tu, director, and Professor Cheryl Lin associate director, of the Policy and Organizational Management Program at Duke University. The Duke program works directly and cooperatively with domestic and international corporations, academic institutions, and foreign governments to customize a variety of professional development programs for managers, civil servants, ranking officials, faculty and advanced students.

Moore County Thanks DHHS, Other Agencies, for U.S. Open Support

Gov. Pat McCrory, DHHS and four other state departments received a resolution of gratitude from the Moore County Board of Commissioners for services provided in support of the 2014 U.S. Open Golf Championship and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship held in Pinehurst June 12-22. The event attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators to the Moore County village.

DHHS’ public health and emergency medical services staff coordinated with local, state and federal partners over the months preceding the event to make sure proper safeguards were in place and that medical services were available to the large crowds that gathered for the golf tourney.

North Carolina has established a multifaceted infrastructure in order to protect and public health. DHHS’ Division of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Medical Services were on the ground in Pinehurst to closely monitor for injuries and illnesses and to assist in prevention and response efforts.

Also part of the thank-you were efforts by the Departments of Transportation, Public Safety, Commerce and Cultural Resources.

The July 15, 2014 recognition and thanks resolution, signed by Larry R. Caddell, chairman of the Moore County Board of Commissioners, expresses the board’s “profound gratitude to Governor Patrick McCrory and all those individuals in the state’s agencies who participated in the unimaginable preparations that resulted in what were magnificently flawless 2014 U.S. Open Championships in Moore County.”

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