Department of Health and Human Services - HHS

Department of Health and Human Services HHS United States Department of Health and Human Services


The Department of Health and Human Serves (HHS) is charged with protecting the health of Americans and providing essential services, especially those that affect low-income families. Its over 300 programs include:

  • Health and social science research
  • Preventing disease, including immunization services
  • Assuring food and drug safety
  • Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans)
  • Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people)
  • Health information technology
  • Financial assistance and services for low-income families
  • Improving maternal and infant health
  • Head Start (pre-school education and services)
  • Faith-based and community initiatives
  • Preventing child abuse and domestic violence
  • Substance abuse treatment and prevention
  • Services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals
  • Comprehensive health services for Native Americans
  • Medical preparedness for emergencies, including potential terrorism.