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Department of Health and Human Services

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Secretary: Kathleen Sebelius
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
202.619.0257
www.hhs.gov









Role:
The Secretary of Health and Human Services advises the President on health, welfare and income security plans, policies, and programs of the Federal Government; and directs Department staff in carrying out the approved programs and activities of the Department and promotes general public understanding of the Department’s goals, programs and objectives.

Background: The Department of Health and Human Services is the Cabinet level department of the Federal executive branch most involved with the nation’s human concerns. In one way or another, it touches the lives of more Americans than any other Federal agency. It is a department of people serving people, from newborn infants to persons requiring health services to our most elderly citizens.

Historical Note: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was created as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare on April 11, 1953 (5 U.S.C. app).

Agencies under Jurisdiction:

Administration on Aging
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20201
202.619.0724
www.aoa.hhs.gov

Administration for Children and Families
370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20447
202.401.9200
www.acf.gov

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850
301.427.1200
www.ahrq.gov

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
1600 Clinton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
404.639.0700
www.atsdr.cdc.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clinton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30333
404.639.3311
www.cdc.gov

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
410.786.3000
www.cms.gov

Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
888.463.6332
www.fda.gov

Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
301.443.2086
www.hrsa.gov

Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
301.443.1083
www.ihs.gov

National Institutes of Health
1 Center Lane
Bethesda, MD 20892
301.496.4000
www.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
240.276.2130
www.samhsa.gov




Source: United States Government Manual