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DHHS Issues Guidance for Providers on Measles – Measles cases continue to be identified in returning international travelers and travel related to U.S. outbreaks.  Measles is highly contagious.  Please click here for more information on how to protect protect your patients, visitors and staff.

Changes are Coming to North Carolina Medicaid and Health Choice:  Here’s What You Need to Know – Emtiro Health has created an informational sheet that explains what current Medicaid recipients can expect when the North Carolina Medicaid and Health Choice programs move from a State-run program to one provided by insurance companies in November of 2019.  Please click here to view the informational sheet.

Disaster, Displacement and Disability ForumOn March 16, 2019 a forum sponsored by Disability Rights NC “2019 Disaster, Displacement and Disability Forum” will be held.   The forum will take place from 10-1 p.m. in New Bern, and the target audience are people with disabilities, and how they fared Hurricane Florence.  The link to register and to complete the survey is https://www.disabilityrightsnc.org/2019/01/dddforum/

DHHS Announces Prepaid Health Plan Contracts for Medicaid Managed Care – 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.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

Text-to-9-1-1 – Three videos about Text-to-9-1-1 in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice-over, captioning, and audio descriptions, are now available for viewing nationwide. These videos describe how text to 9-1-1 works in areas that have the service and in areas where it is not yet available.  These videos were developed as a joint effort between the National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) Accessibility Committee and NENA’s Public Education Sub-Committee and produced by the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with support from NENA.

The three new videos are:

Radon Testing – 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.  For more information, please click on the following press release issued by the NC Department of Health and Human Services:  Winter Heating Season Is a Good Time for Radon Testing

Federal Shutdown and the Impact on Access to Food – On January 20, 2019 households already receiving Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) benefits will receive their February FNS benefits that would normally be available between February 3rd and February 21st.  Once issued, there will not be additional benefits issued to those households in February.  New applications will continue to be taken and processed.  Please click on the attached flyer for more information:

FNS Benefits Poster

FNS Benefits Poster (Spanish) 

Winter Weather Safety – With the winter weather comes hazards that could put your health and safety at risk.   For a listing of messages to prevent winter weather mishaps, please click on the following link:  Winter Weather Safety Messaging

DHHS Confirms Death Related to Hepatitis A Outbreak – The NC Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A affecting parts of North Carolina.  Form more information, please click on the following link:  DHHS Confirms Death Related to Hepatitis A Outbreak

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month – For more information on who should be screened for lung cancer, and ways to lower your risk for lung cancer, please click here

State Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death of 2018-19 Season Officials with the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season.  For more information, please click on the following link:  State Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death

Seriously?  Did you know Hepatitis A liver infections are on the rise in North Carolina?  For more information on how Hepatitis A is spread, and what you can do to protect yourself, please click on the following links:

Hep A General Information

Hep A General Information (Spanish)

Need Health Coverage?  Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2019 is November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018.  You may qualify for coverage through a Marketplace plan, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Visit HealthCare.gov to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, or click on one of the links below for more information.

Get Covered Fact Sheet 2019

Get Covered Fact Sheet 2019 (Spanish)

Gov. Cooper Orders Evacuation Ahead of Historic, Life-threatening Hurricane – Jones County Government Officials have declared a State of Emergency for Jones County residents due to the  severity of Hurricane Florence which is projected to make landfall in Eastern North Carolina later this week.  Please click on the following link to read the entire press release:   Hurricane Florence Press Release 9-11-18

NC DHHS Reports State’s First Death This Year Related to West Nile VirusState health officials are encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses following the death of a North Carolina resident from West Nile virus infection last week.  For more information on steps you can take to prevent mosquito bites, please click on the following link:   DHHS Reports First West Nile Virus Death

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program – Jones County Health Department is recruiting new participants for our upcoming Prevent T2 Class.  Prevent T2 has a proven approach to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  To learn more about this program and who to contact, please click on the following link:   Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Press Release

In-Home Asthma Management Program – Jones County Health Department has an Asthma Management Program that includes home visits to determine what could be triggering your child’s breathing problems.  To learn more about this program and who to contact to schedule a home visit, please click on the following link:  In-Home Asthma Program Information.  For a copy of our Asthma Management Referral form, please click here.

Health Department Receives Mother-Baby Award – The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition has awarded Jones County Health Department the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics.  Awardees represent the best our state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family.  To view our press release, please click on the following link:   Mother Baby Award Press Release

Health Department Offers Low-Cost Car Seats – Jones County Health Department has expanded its Child Safety Seat Program by offering low-cost infant and child safety seats to all county residents.  To view our press release, please click on the following link:  Jones County Health Department Offers Low-Cost Child Safety Seats

To download a copy of our Car Seat Referral Form, please click here The completed form can be handed to any staff member of the Health Department  to initiate the process to receive a low-cost infant child safety seat.