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April is Minority Health Month.

The Chronic Disease and Injury (CDI) Section of the N.C. Division of Public Health is proud to support Minority Health Month. Each year, the month of April represents a time to highlight health issues affecting minorities in the U.S. and here in North Carolina. The CDI Section works to provide opportunities for everyone to be as healthy as possible, regardless of their race or ethnicity, income, geographic location, education level, disability status or sexual orientation. Because we know that opportunities for health begin in our families, neighborhoods, schools and jobs, we work with community partners to improve health.  We find out what issues are important to residents, and provide resources to create opportunities for better health. Our goal is to prevent and control chronic disease and injury in communities across North Carolina.

Please join us in recognizing Minority Health Month and read the stories above about a few of our successes.

Other Section Highlights

Chronic Disease and Injury Sample of Recent Successes Ingographic

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 Carolinian 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: