Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Presents Donna Stone Memorial Award
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) recently announced Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is the recipient of its Donna Stone Memorial Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to supporting children and families across North Carolina. PCANC established the award in 1986 to honor Donna J. Stone, founder of Prevent Child Abuse America. Recipients embody Stone’s vision of utilizing community engagement, collaboration, and volunteerism to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Cohen’s unwavering commitment to improving outcomes for children and families through equitable solutions exemplifies the passion and drive of a Donna Stone Award Winner. Advances in childhood health made under her leadership of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Early Childhood Action Plan, and the implementation of NCCARE360 will improve lives for our state’s children for years to come.
“From her role in Medicaid transformation and healthy opportunities pilots, to her work in to support the department in the transition to the Families First Prevention Services Act to the creation of a new division for child and family well-being, we’re honored to present this award to Secretary Mandy Cohen,” PCANC President and CEO Sharon Hirsch said.
Hirsch presented Cohen with the award virtually on June 29, 2021. In addition to the award, Cohen received a $500 stipend to further prevention efforts in her community.