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News / Highlights

Updated 01/09/17

New video from the CDC on Opioid Use

New! The U.S. Surgeon General Releases First E-Cigarette Report

New!   Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on July 7, 2016, proposed to expand the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) starting Jan. 1, 2018. Continue reading.

New!   North Carolina State Health Plan Covers DPP Programs for Eligible Employees

Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP), recognized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, are evidence-based lifestyle change programs designed to help people diagnosed with prediabetes. Continue reading.

New!   HUD Secretary Castro Announces Public Housing to be Smoke-Free

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced on Nov 30 that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. Continue reading.

New!   North Carolina’s Coordinated Response to the Opioid Epidemic

North Carolina, like many other states, is in the midst of an overdose epidemic primarily driven by prescription opioids and, increasingly heroin. Read more.

New!   Go Red for Women FUNraise for National Wear Red Day®

National Wear Red Day® is Friday, February 3, 2017
Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Continue Reading

Additional Highlights

Chronic Disease and Injury Sample of Recent Successes Ingographic


Chronic diseases and injuries are responsible for approximately two-thirds of all deaths in North Carolina, or about 50,000 deaths each year. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease and unintentional injuries make up the top five causes of death in North Carolina. Many deaths in the state are preventable and involve risky behaviors or lifestyles. Among the leading causes of preventable death are tobacco use, unhealthy diet/physical inactivity, alcohol and drug abuse and misuse, and motor vehicle crashes.

The N.C. Division of Public Health's Chronic Disease and Injury Section, along with local health departments and other partners, works to reduce death and disabilities related to chronic disease and injury. This is accomplished through policy development and environmental changes that support healthy behavior and improvements in systems of care as well as through education, screening, direct medical service, and community engagement. See our Sample of Recent Successes (PDF, 7.3 MB) infographic.

Our goal is to help North Carolinian develop healthy and safe communities and health systems to prevent and control chronic diseases and injury, and to eliminate health inequities.

Chronic Disease and Injury programs within the Section include: