The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
HHS Agencies and Offices
The work of HHS is conducted by the Office of the Secretary and 11 agencies.
The agencies perform a wide variety of tasks and services, including research, public health, food and drug safety, grants and other funding, health insurance, and many others.
- Office of the SecretaryACF
- Administration for Children & FamiliesAoA
- Administration on AgingAHRQ
- Agency for Healthcare Research & QualityATSDR
- Agency for Toxic Substances & DiseaseCDC
- Centers for Disease Control & PreventionCMS
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesFDA
- Food & Drug AdministrationHRSA
- Health Resources & Services AdministrationIHS
- Indian Health ServiceNIH
- National Institutes of HealthOIG
- Office of Inspector GeneralSAMHSA
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
The subdivisions of the Office of the Secretary provide direct support for the Secretary's initiatives.
- Immediate Office of the Secretary (IOS)
The Immediate Office of the Secretary includes:
- Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (ASAM)
Provides leadership for HHS management, including human resource policy, grants management, acquisitions, and departmental operations
- Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT)
Provides advice and guidance to the Secretary on budget, financial management, information technology, grants management, and provides for the direction and coordination of these activities throughout the Department.
- Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)/ Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS)
Advises the Secretary on matters involving the nation’s public health, oversees the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) which serves as the focal point for leadership and coordination across the Department in public health and science, and leads the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, providing it with strategic and policy direction.
- Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL)
Serves as the primary liaison between the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Congress.
- Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
Directs major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.
- Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs( ASPA)
Serves as the principle counsel on public affairs matters, conducts a national public affairs program, provides centralized leadership and guidance for public affairs activities, including Web and new media and broadcast communications, within HHS' staff and operating divisions and regional offices, and administers the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Advises on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies and disasters.
- Departmental Appeals Board (DAB)
Provides prompt, fair, and impartial dispute resolution services with parties related to HHS office issues.
- Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination by health care and human services providers that receive funds from HHS.
- Office of Global Health Affairs (OGHA)
Represents the Department to the governments, other Federal Departments and agencies, international organizations and the private sector on international and refugee health issues.
- Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Protects the integrity of HHS programs, as well as the health and welfare of the beneficiaries of those programs.
- Office Of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA)
Administers nationwide hearings for the Medicare program.
- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
Provides counsel to the Secretary of HHS and Departmental leadership for the development and nationwide implementation of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure.
- Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
Represents HHS and offers legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues.
- Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)
Provides information and technical assistance to help faith-based and community organizations to compete more effectively for Federal funds.
HHS Regional Offices
Find the regional office for your area and get contact information.
- Region 1 - Boston
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
- Region 2 - New York
New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
- Region 3 - Philadelphia
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
- Region 4 - Atlanta
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
- Region 5 - Chicago
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
- Region 6 - Dallas
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
- Region 7 - Kansas City
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
- Region 8 - Denver
Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
- Region 9 - San Francisco
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau
- Region 10 - Seattle
Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Learn about our work, our locations, and find information and assistance resources.
Read about what we do, our mission, and historical highlights. Get a list of former HHS/HEW secretaries.
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Assistance and Information
View a list of HHS resources arranged by topic, operating division and program office publications contacts, and frequently asked questions, and learn how to request information
HHS Publications, Reports, and Forms
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Budget & Finance
Find budgets, budget justifications, and reports on programs, accomplishments, challenges, and accountability.
Obtain HHS Forms, and forms for selected HHS agencies
View by form number or by form title. Find forms from ACF, CMS, FDA, and NIH.
Read evaluation and inspections reports, the annual employee survey, and the E-Gov content inventory
Financial, Legal & Policy Information
Read financial reports, budget justifications, rights of individuals, medical privacy information (HIPAA), FOIA information, poverty guidelines, a list of excluded individuals/entities, fraud prevention and detection materials, and significant guidance documents
The Agency’s financial reports and Congressional budget justifications
Individual’s rights to privacy, information, and fair treatment
Policies and procedures guiding HHS activities
- Medical Privacy (HIPAA)
Read information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, a federal law that protects individual’s health information
- National Vaccine Program Policy
Learn about the policy guiding development and testing of vaccines against biological and chemical weapons and dangerous pathogens
- Poverty Guidelines
View simplified poverty thresholds used for administrative purposes, such as to determine eligibility for federal programs
- Science Policy Issues
Explore research findings from the Office of Science Policy Analysis
- Significant Guidance Documents
View guidance that explains HHS policy and procedures in an effort to provide more clarity to the public and greater direction to Department staff