Department of Health and Human Services (HHS; DHHS) (Federal Agency Profiles)
ESTABLISHED: May 4, 1980
ADDRESS: 200 Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20201
PHONE: (202) 619-0257
TDD (HEARING IMPAIRED): (404) 331-2205
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Donna E. Shalala
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
According to its Web site, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or sometimes DHHS) is "the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves." To meet these objectives, the HHS provides services to infants, children, youth, low income families (families whose income falls at or below federal poverty guidelines), Americans in need of health care, and senior citizens. HHS agencies provide medical insurance, improved education, regulation of food and drugs, and numerous other services to millions of Americans. Together, the agencies of the HHS work toward the goals of breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving optimal mental and physical health for all Americans.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
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