North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is a large government agency in the U.S. state of North Carolina, somewhat analogous to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The DHHS has more than 19,000 employees. It is headed by a Secretary (see below), who is appointed by the governor.

Among its divisions are:

The DHHS has its origins in the former North Carolina Department of Human Resources (DHR). The DHR was created in 1971 as an umbrella to consolidate what had been more than 300 free-standing state agencies. The first Secretary of Human Resources, Dr. Lenox Baker, was appointed by Governor Robert W. Scott.

The Division of Public Health, an original part of the department, was taken out of the DHR in 1989. Most of its functions were transferred back to the DHR in 1997, when the agency was renamed the Department of Health and Human Services.

In April 2013, Wos lectured reporters on the dangers of government transparency, saying it gets in the way of people doing their jobs. The department should not be asked about its plans, she said.

“I think the word transparency can get pretty dangerous,” Wos said.. “Because what does transparency mean? If transparency means that we’re in a planning process and you’re asking us, ‘Tell us all the things you’re planning,’ well, my goodness, allow us to work, and then we’ll give you everything that you want.”

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Under Wos, the new NCTracks program mailed the private medical information of almost 49000 children to the wrong addresses.[2]

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