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7.0  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

The DHHS is the U.S. 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. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities, including:

  • 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 and services for low-income families
  • 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
  • Comprehensive health services for Native Americans

    The primary brownfields activities under the DHHS involve the Office of Community Service and the ATSDR. As the largest grant-making agency in the federal government, providing some 60,000 grants per year, the Office of Community Service provides grants up to $500,000 to community development corporations and community action agencies that may be used for redevelopment or job training projects at Brownfield pilot sites. The ATSDR seeks to prevent human exposure to hazardous substances in the environment and has established the Office of Urban Affairs that focuses on environmental justice and minority health concerns.

    The remainder of this section provides profiles for the following DHHS-related organizations:

    7.1 Office of Community Services
    7.2 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

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