The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is part of the federal government. Its mission is to enhance and protect the well-being of all Americans by providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health and social services.
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Seal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Flag of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Department Headquarters
|Formed||April 11, 1953
(as Department of Health, Education, and Welfare)|
May 4, 1980 (as United States Department of Health and Human Services)
|Jurisdiction||Federal government of the United States|
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also known as the Health Department, is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America". Before the separate federal Department of Education was created in 1979, it was called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).