HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. a. The HHS Mission


The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Program responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring a safe and healthy America
  • Conducting and supporting medical and social science research
  • Preventing outbreaks of infectious diseases
  • Assuring the safety of foods and drugs
  • Administering the Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • Providing financial assistance for low income families
  • Improving maternal and child health
  • Administering the Head Start program
  • Preventing child abuse and domestic violence
  • Providing assistance to States for substance abuse treatment and prevention
  • Providing services for older Americans
  • Assuring comprehensive health services for Native Americans