Health Care Support Services Summary

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Healthcare Support Services Summary The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest agency focused on the health and services for the citizens of the United States that require assistance. The DHHS aids individuals and families primarily, vulnerable populations. Numerous federal agencies report directly to DHHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. The agencies provide an array of services ranging from children to the elderly. DHHS is responsible for the implementation and compliance of services delivered by eight federal agencies to include National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control…show more content…
Each agencies primary goal is prevention, protection, promotion, and preparedness for individuals, families, communities, and society. Without this shared mission the quality of life would cause devastation to the nation, but also globally. IHS works to increase the health of American Indians and Alaskan Natives physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. I chose DHHS as my topic because it is the largest federal agency responsible for the health care and services of the United States. The DHHS is obligated to ensure public safety, health care insurance, technology, quality of care, prevention, promotion, education, and research. The services provided by DHHS are key components of the delivery of health care services. The eight federal agencies have specific mission statements to achieve goals. These agencies and services can enhance Senior Express of the Midlands as described in week two individual…show more content…
With the aging population growing exponentially in the coming years, there will be a greater need for transportation services that caters specifically to the elderly. These services will help keep the highways safer with fewer accidents and casualties. This will in-turn give the adult children peace of mind knowing their loved ones will not be susceptible to causing an accident, potentially injuring themselves, or another families loved one. Many older adults are capable of driving safely, even into their 70s and 80s. But people age differently. The deterioration of eyesight, slowing of reflexes, and poor hearing place the elderly at a much greater risk for road accidents and affect seniors' driving ability. Conclusion DHHS is responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of all Americans. The DHHS oversees the public health to numerous populations and demographics. The eight agencies of DHHS are accountable to provide services to the general public and specific populations. Agency services overlap to safeguard the nation’s safety and to the world. References Federal Drug Administration (FDA). (2012). About. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OC/default.htm Indian Health Service (IHS). (2012). Introduction. Retrieved from http://www.ihs.gov/index.cfm?module=ihsIntro
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