About United States Department of Health & Human Services

From exercise guidelines to disaster response, Health and Human Services (HHS) takes care of people and their health. The agency's 300-plus programs cover everything from immunizations and food safety to Medicare and emergency preparedness. It also provides services for low-income families, Head Start (pre-school), domestic violence and child abuse prevention, and substance abuse treatment and prevention. HHS uses about a quarter of all federal funds; its 2013 budget is more than $940 billion. Its agencies include National Institutes of Health , Food and Drug Administration , and Centers for Disease Control . Though its roots go back to 1798, HHS was officially created in 1953 by President Dwight Eisenhower.

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United States Department of Health & Human Services

200 Independence Ave Sw
Washington, DC 20201-0004
Phone: 1 (202) 401-2281
Fax: 1 (202) 690-7203


  • Employer Type: Government Agency
  • Chief Executive Officer, Indian Health Service: Shirley Alvarez
  • Chief Information Officer A, EHR CAC, Chief of Optometry: Greg Ketcher
  • Chief Executive Officer Secretary: GenevieA Tsosie
  • Employees: 80,000

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC