The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) works to accomplish our mission through the separate and collaborative efforts of our operating divisions and staff offices within the Office of the Secretary (OS):
Administration on Aging (AoA) serves as the primary federal focal point and advocacy agent for older Americans. Through a network of state and area agencies on aging, AoA funded programs deliver comprehensive in-home and community services; and make legal services, counseling, and ombudsmen programs available to elderly Americans.
Administration on Children and Families (ACF) leads the nation in improving the economic and social well-being of families, children, and communities though federal grant programs like Head Start, Child Support Enforcement, Child Welfare Services, Child Care and Development, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) prevents exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors health; identifies and investigates public health problems; promotes healthy behaviors; and develops and advocates sound public health policies to prevent and control disease, injury, and disability.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promotes improvement in the health of the American public by ensuring the effectiveness and/or safety of drugs, medical devices, biological products, food, and cosmetics; and by encouraging the active participation of business and the public in managing the health hazards associated with these products.
Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) pays Medicare benefits; provides states with matching funds for Medicaid benefits and funds for the State Children's Health Insurance Program; conducts research, demonstrations, and oversight to ensure the safety and quality of medical services, and and laboratories serving beneficiaries; and establishes rules for eligibility and benefit payments.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) promotes equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care for all, with a particular focus on under-served and vulnerable populations.
Indian Health Service (IHS) provides comprehensive health services for American Indian and Alaska Native people, with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to improve health status and overall quality of life.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its 25 institutes, centers, and divisions, supports and conducts medical research, domestically and abroad, into the causes and prevention of diseases and promotes the acquisition and dissemination of medical knowledge to health professionals and the public.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through its three centers, works to improve quality and availability of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for substance abuse and mental illness, including co-occurring disorders, in order to improve health and reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society.
STAFF DIVISIONS/OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY (OS)
Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget (ASMB) advises the Secretary on all aspects of administration and financial management, and provides general oversight and direction of the administrative and financial organizations and activities of the Department.
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) provides policy analysis and advice; guides the formulation of legislation; coordinates strategic and implementation planning; conducts regulatory analysis and reviews regulations; oversees the planning of evaluation, non-biomedical research, and major statistical activities; and administers evaluation, data collection, and research projects that provide information needed for HHS policy development.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in and receive services in all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination. Through prevention and elimination of unlawful discrimination, the Office for Civil Rights helps HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people affected by its many programs.
Office of Inspector General (OIG) improves HHS programs and operations and protects them against fraud, waste, and abuse. By conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations, and investigations OIG provides timely, useful, and reliable information and advice to Department officials, the Administration, the Congress, and the public.
Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) provides senior professional leadership across HHS on population-based public health and clinical preventive services by providing scientifically sound advice on health and health policy to the Secretary, Departmental officials and other governmental entities and communicating on health issues directly to the American public; conducting essential public health activities through eleven program offices, and providing professional leadership on cross-cutting Departmental public health and science initiatives.
Program Support Center (PSC) provides a broad range of administrative services to HHS components and other federal agencies on a competitive, fee-for-service basis. PSC services are provided in three business areas: human resources, financial management, and administrative operations.