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    Secretary of Health & Human Services:
    Donna Shalala


    The Department of Health and Human Services is the federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for the needy.

    The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Highlights include:

    • Medical and social science research.
    • Preventing outbreak of infectious disease, including immunization services.
    • Assuring food and drug safety.
    • Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people).
    • Financial assistance for low-income families (AFDC).
    • Child support enforcement.
    • Improving maternal and infant health.
    • Head Start (pre-school education and services).
    • Preventing child abuse and domestic violence.
    • Substance abuse treatment and prevention.
    • Services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals.

    How to get more information: 200 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 (202)-690-7850

    Last updated Feb. 7

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