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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.

7 Comments

  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?

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    September 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

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