U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States technical agency for human health, disease surveillance, and the public health response to emergencies and disasters.
HHS executes its mission through a variety of operating divisions including:
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
HHS’ Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs hosts ten Regional Offices that directly serve state and local organizations, to ensure the Department maintains close contact with state, local and tribal partners and addresses the needs of communities and individuals served through HHS programs and policies.
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) manages the procurement and advanced development of medical countermeasures for CBRN threats, pandemic influenza and other emerging infectious diseases.
HHS employees number approximately 76,000. The department is responsible for almost a quarter of all federal outlays and administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined.
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HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Provides New Resources to Help Address Rising Threat of Cyberattacks in Health and Public Health Sector
Resources include a new platform, Knowledge on Demand, to provide free cybersecurity training to the health sector workforce as well as an updated Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices 2023 Edition and a Hospital Cyber Resiliency Initiative Landscape Analysis.
- Radiation Exposure Countermeasures Backed by U.S. Government
- First Light Biosciences Awarded Anthrax Diagnostic Contract
- HHS Seeks to Develop Improved Anthrax Vaccine
- HHS invests in Enhancing Domestic Preparedness Efforts for Ebola
- Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident
- HHS Backs 3 Ebola Vaccines with PREP Protections
- HHS Accelerates Ebola Vaccines
- 35 U.S. Hospitals Designated as Ebola Treatment Centers
- HHS Pursues Detection Tests for Influenza
- New National Biodefense Science Board Members to Advise HHS
- HHS Boosts Global Ability to Respond to Pandemics
- HHS Announces Pandemic Preparedness Contracts to Top Pharma
- Smallpox Drug Gets Funding Boost from HHS