Current Programs and Services

NC OMHHD has instituted a number of initiatives to protect and improve the health of North Carolinians throughout the state, including:

N.C. Minority Diabetes Prevention Program (NC MDPP)

The North Carolina Minority Diabetes Prevention Program (NC MDPP) is a statewide collaborative effort between local health departments, local health care providers, and community organizations across North Carolina to keep people with prediabetes from developing type 2 diabetes and other health problems, such as stroke and heart disease. Each region works with multi-county collaboratives that engage, screen, and deliver the CDC lifestyle classes to its minority and at-risk communities.

Cultural and Community Health Initiatives

The Cultural and Community Health Initiatives utilize best practices, innovative approaches, and evidence-based strategies to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Using both a cultural- and community-focused lens, these initiatives are designed to improve communities’ utilization of statewide resources, programs, and services to improve health behaviors, outcomes, and overall quality of life.

N.C. Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (NC CLAS) Program

NC OMHHD seeks to foster customer service excellence among local health departments (LHDs), community health centers, health professionals, and community-based organizations throughout North Carolina. The Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Program offers free training and technical assistance to organizations and community members interested in learning more about cultural competence and the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards). The goal of the CLAS Program is to equip organizations with the information and resources that they need to address the changing demographics and health care needs of North Carolinians and eliminate the cultural and linguistic barriers that diminish quality care and sustain health disparities.

The National CLAS Standards are a set of 15 action steps intended to advance health equity, improve health care quality, and help eliminate disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. The adoption and implementation of these Standards seeks to enhance and advance optimal health and health care in the United States for all users.

Health Equity Lunch and Learn Series

On December 1, 2015, the Health Equity Lunch & Learn Series was initiated for health professionals, students, and interested members of the public. Each event examines and explores the social and structural factors that create health disparities and impede health equity or the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people” (Healthy People 2020).

Community Health Ambassadors Program (CHAP)

The Community Health Ambassador Program (CHAP) is a statewide training and education project designed to engage leaders from diverse communities and populations to help eliminate health disparities in North Carolina. The CHAP is designed to promote health equity through education and awareness and trains representatives from faith, community, and tribal organizations throughout the state to be health influencers within their networks.

Last Modified: April 12, 2022