DHHS graphic brags about successes, no mention of recent controversies

N.C. Health and Human Services Sec. Aldona Wos may be feeling the heat over the statewide scrutiny of high salaries given to top employees.

The department sent out an infographic today in a press release highlighting what DHHS sees as its top accomplishments. This came a few days after Wos sent a letter to several legislators defending her performance running the state’s largest agency.

The press release sent Wednesday was light on specifics, with no links to where the facts and figured were pulled from. I’ve asked DHHS for the back-up data used for the infographics and will update this post if and when I hear back.


Infographic from N.C. DHHS of 2013 successes.

Source: N.C. Dep’t Health and Human Services

On a few of the points, the $22 million in free and low-cost prescription drugs refers to a $773,728 grant the department got in August from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.  DHHS staff will help low-income patients apply to pharmaceutical companies for an estimated $22 million in donated and reduced-cost medicines.

The reference to the Office of the Internal Auditor is a plan from Wos to expand the number of auditors in the agency from eight to 40 positions, and the 2,500 “added”  pre-K slots was a legislative decision that offset the scheduled expiration of 5,000 other slots. The state will end up with 2,500 less pre-kindergarten slots for low-income children this year in the state.

As one would expect, there was no mention in the DHHS graphic of recent controversies that have stung Wos and DHHS –  problems with the state’s new delivery systems for food stamps and Medicaid payments and criticism over high salaries of young staffers and $228,000 one Wos adviser has gotten for eight months of work.


  1. Adam Linker

    September 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    They are bragging about NC Tracks? That’s rich.

  2. Alan

    September 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    This is what’s normally termed “marketing BS”. It’s a rather transparent attempt to divert the attention DHHS has received of late. It would of course be interesting to see the supporting data & facts, if they ever materialize. Whoever pulled this little chart together obviously hadn’t thought it through all that much, “Cutting down on wasteful spending in contracts and grants”, have they not been paying attention, or are they simply oblivious to what the “state controlled media” have been reporting?

  3. Kathy B

    September 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    This is from The Onion right?

  4. david esmay

    September 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Is this the vaunted re-branding strategy in action?

  5. Patti U

    September 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    This must have been a production from the new DHHS communications director…….hmmmm…..This is what we get for $85k/year. I guess they pay more for spin than facts.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    September 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    You guys should know this strategy. Every post on this blog promotes what you guys see as “good” about the progressive cause and ignores the multitude of destructive effects of the cause. Are you really surprised that they would, on an accomplishments form, highlight what they have accomplished? If you have a job and are asked to write up accomplishments do you personally call out things that may not be flattering?

  7. gregflynn

    September 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    “You Guys”, A poem by L.S. Douglas Hankey

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    the straw man arguments you guys are putting up
    but assume you guys are not going to go back that far
    I will be generous for you guys
    So you guys are screaming
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    Maybe you guys should peruse the WRAL site
    I know you guys don’t like the play the class warfare thing
    This is just you guys doing the typical liberal chicken little hysteria
    you guys would be singing high praises and hosannahs till the cows came home
    looks like you guys are pointing the finger at the wrong party
    you guys are conveniently overlooking the fact
    You guys must just be mad that the people you guys deem “rich” are not being soaked
    how ….”regressive” you guys had let it become.
    Maybe you guys need to clean up your own house
    I hope you guys realize this
    You guys are all for a living, breathing, changing, Constitution
    I know you guys would like the Constitution to die
    until you guys found them to be just as easy to enslave
    you guys want to live to your rules?
    I guess you guys are still set on discrimination?
    I find it funny that you guys demand data
    And you guys don’t even go to other outlets
    but you guys would have a stroke over that
    I will be generous for you guys
    So you guys are screaming
    you guys need to come up with some more varied straw men
    I know you guys messed up the schools
    It is fun to see you guys go into hysterics
    You guys are so easy to troll
    are you guys going to pan the Republicans
    Are you guys just afraid
    that political indoctrination you guys are so fond of?
    It is intellectually dishonest for you guys to raise hysteria
    You guys need to at least be consistent
    You guys would not know logic
    You guys should know, the Liberal playbook is what is being followed
    you guys must not be used to the spirited debate
    with all the reading you guys want the gov to do there is no way he could get anything else done
    you guys see each dollar a person earns as a government dollar first
    You guys all need to do your part
    How about you guys add “lead by example”
    you guys must not pay attention to my posts very often
    they do not want the cesspool of name calling and random insults you guys like to pass out here
    George Soros. Heck he sent down some of his thugs to astroturf the Monday thing and you guys did not even notice
    Now you guys are all over it like flies on stink.
    Well, when it works against you guys you report it.
    Who knew what is the preferred name to call you guys now? Or are you guys so holy you have an unsayable name?”

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