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Annual Report

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In 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services implemented dozens of innovative ideas, policy changes, and new research projects to advance the department’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the American people.

Introduction from Secretary Azar

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Strategic Goals

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1. Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Healthcare System

HHS endeavors to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare Americans receive.

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2. Protect the health of Americans Where They Live, Learn, Work and Play

HHS addresses the most pressing public health threats in our local communities and prevents and responds to health threats at home and around the world.

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3. Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans Across the Lifespan

HHS plays a vital role in providing human services to help vulnerable Americans at all stages of life lead independent, healthy lives.

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4. Foster Sound, Sustained Advances in the Sciences

HHS is proud to be home to some of the world’s finest scientists, public health experts, and clinicians, and support the work they do in innovative ways.

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5. Promote Effective and Efficient Management and Stewardship

HHS took major steps forward in departmental management including regulatory reform and developing new tools for departmental management.

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HHS BY THE NUMBERS Browse the fact sheets

Secretary Azar's State of the Department

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Content last reviewed on February 5, 2020