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The Division of Public Health Should Remain in the Department of Health and Human Services. (January 2013)


North Carolina's public health system is an intricate network of partnerships between the Division of Public Health and local health departments, state agencies and universities, and other entities. North Carolina's public health system is seen as a model, but the State ranks in the bottom half of states for health outcomes because of high risk factors. The General Assembly should establish the North Carolina Public Health Council to develop a government-wide action plan and direct the Division of Public Health to explore ways to increase regionalization, improve the use the data, and strengthen quality improvement activities.

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Agency Actions:

  • Healthy North Carolina 2020 remains the state health improvement plan. National efforts to develop health improvement plans for states for the period 2020–2030 are expected to begin in 2018.
  • The Center for Public Health Quality is now Population Health Improvement Partners and continues to assist North Carolina’s public health agencies with quality improvement initiatives. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defunded the Community Transformation Grant program, the Division of Public Health continues to explore ways to provide regional funding to local health departments as funding becomes available and as local health departments are able to take advantage of these opportunities.

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