Office of the Secretary
On This Page:
- Office on Disability
- Office of Security and Strategic Information
- Assistant Secretary for Administration
- Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
- Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
- Office of Global Affairs
- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
These divisions provide leadership, direction, and policy and management guidance to the Department, including in the areas of global health and international engagement.
Office on Disability (OD)
The Health and Human Services Office on Disability (OD) oversees the implementation and coordination of programs and policies that enhance the health and well-being of people with disabilities across all ages, races, and ethnicities. The Director of the Office advises the Secretary on disability policy issues. The OD consults with officials and delegations from around the world interested in learning more about disability policies in the United States.
Office of Security and Strategic Information (OSSI)
The Office of Security & Strategic Information (OSSI) provides Department-wide policy direction, coordination, and performance assessment for HHS organizational components within the areas of: physical security; personnel security, information security, communication security; threat assessments; and strategic information. OSSI supports HHS's global health efforts by providing relevant strategic information designed to protect HHS personnel and advance HHS global health programs and activities.
Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)
The Assistant Secretary for Administration provides leadership for HHS departmental administration, including human resource policy, information technology, and departmental operations.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) consists of 14 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 Regional Health Offices across the nation, and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees.
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on policy development. ASPE represents HHS and the United States Government on the Executive Board of the Health Committee at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ASPE also provides ongoing technical assistance for the policy development and evaluation of the HHS Global Health portfolio.
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, leads the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. As part of its mission, ASPR provides leadership in global health security matters by participating in bilateral and multilateral partnerships to advance public health preparedness and response planning and by building international capacity for infectious disease surveillance and sustainable influenza vaccine production. ASPR also develops strategic policy and operational frameworks for HHS's international assistance engagement in support of the US Government's international incident responses.
Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP)
The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Partnership Center) leads the department's efforts to build and support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations in order to better serve individuals, families and communities in need. The Partnership Center's work in global health involves strengthening the organizational capacity of civil society organizations for critical sustainable development and the creation of stable health infrastructure.
Office of Global Affairs (OGA)
The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) represents the Department to other governments, other Federal Departments and agencies, international organizations and the private sector on international and refugee health issues. OGA promotes the health of the world's population by advancing the Secretary's global strategies and partnerships and is the point of coordination for global health policy, security and initiatives within the U.S. government. OGA supports the Secretary and HHS leadership by providing strategic direction for global health, which allows for a consistent approach across government sectors and multilateral organizations.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. ONC promotes availability and widespread use of broadly recognized and openly available standards in lieu of local, proprietary standards. Availability and use of internationally recognized standards remove significant non-tariff barriers to trade and thus enables and encourages vendors to compete for global market share based on the value and innovative features they deliver to their customers.