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Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary
Department of Health and Human Services

Aldona Wos
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Governor Pat McCrory appointed Dr. Aldona Zofia Wos to serve as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), effective January 5, 2013. Dr. Wos was born in Warsaw, Poland. She earned her medical degree at the Warsaw Medical Academy, and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine in New York. Her experiences include time as a physician in private practice, corporate medicine, attending physician duties, clinical care, teaching and consulting for both hospitals and private industry.

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DHHS Organization

The Department is divided into 30 divisions and offices. DHHS divisions and offices fall under four broad service areas - health, human services, administrative, and support functions.

DHHS also oversees 14 facilities: developmental centers, mental retardation centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, and two residential programs for children.

Some facts about NC DHHS

  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the agency in state government responsible for ensuring the health, safety and well being of all North Carolinians, providing human service needs for special populations including individuals who are deaf, blind, developmentally disabled and mentally ill, and helping poor North Carolinians achieve economic independence.
  • DHHS touches the lives of virtually every North Carolinian from birth to old age--prenatal programs, child development programs, and rest home regulations, are all part of DHHS charge.
  • DHHS has nearly 18,000 employees. DHHS' operating budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is $18.3 billion. Three divisions account for most of the department's budget: the Division of Medical Assistance, $13.4 billion; the Division of Social Services, $1.55 billion; and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, $1.37 billion.

More detailed facts and figures for our divisions and offices are available on our Facts and Figures page. Service facts and figures are available in DHHS Open Window. Ready NC Connect NC