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DHHS Releases Statement on 2013 America's Health Rankings Annual Report

 

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
              919-855-4840

Raleigh, N.C. - Today, DHHS released the following statement on the 2013 America's Health Rankings Annual Report:

"Although North Carolina's ranking remains steady, it is clear that North Carolina is not where we want to be with regard to our overall health," said Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, acting state health director. "That is why we are focused on Medicaid reform which will create a predictable and sustainable system that is focused on delivering better health outcomes for our state's 1.7 million Medicaid recipients. The report released today also focuses on a shortage of health professionals in our state. We are well aware of the impact of health provider shortages, particularly in rural areas, and are working through DHHS' Office of Rural Health and Community Care to recruit medical, dental and behavioral health professionals to underserved areas."

Fact:

  • Efforts to recruit physicians to underserved areas of the state have brought in a record 160 primary care physicians, psychiatrists and dentists over the past year, surpassing expected estimates for the department's medical placement services initiative.

To view the report, click here: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/.

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