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Updated 05/24/18

New! Community Health Workers in North Carolina: Creating an Infrastructure for Sustainability (PDF, 3.7 MB)

2018 Summer Heat Emergency Data and Prevention Tips

Enrollment Open for Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Suppliers (PDF, 64 KB)

 N.C. Parents and Schools Concerned about Teen Use of Juul E-cigarettes

Juul e-cigarettes, which look like long flash-drives and are easy to conceal, are becoming a big problem in N.C. schools.

 QuitlineNC Offers Improved Nicotine Replacement Therapy to those Uninsured

Now until May 31, QuitlineNC is offering eight weeks of combination Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to uninsured people who call for quit coaching. People who use combination therapy, which includes patches, plus either nicotine gum or lozenges, are more likely to quit successfully than those using patches alone.

For free, nonjudgmental help to quit call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) anytime, 24 hours a day or visit

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 Carolina 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: