United States Health and Human Services

By | August 16, 2009

In the United State Department of Health and Human Services, the federal executive department charged with administering government health programs. It was inheritor to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, which had been created in 1953, it was re designated in 1979 with the creation of the Department of Education. Now the secretary has the powers to advice the president on health and welfare matters and it has the several components. The Administration for Children and Families is answerable for Operation Head Start, the enforcement of child support laws, and programs relating to adoption, job training, and runaway youths. It divides the Public Health Service into 42 subdivisions and it carries out research on disease and health concerns through the National Institutes of Health, protects consumers from impure or untested foods and drugs through the Food and Drug Administration, and implements public health measures and monitors the spread of infectious diseases through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Social Security Administration, formerly part of the department, became an independent agency in 1995. The Administration on Aging develops policy and programs to promote the welfare of older Americans and administers grants to states to establish community programs for them.

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