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United States Department of Health & Human Services

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 200 Independence Avenue, Southwest
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202.619.0257
Toll Free Phone: 877.696.6775
Website: http://www.hhs.gov
  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Department of Health & Human Services
Description: Agencies in HHS include:

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Administration on Aging (AoA)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Food and Drug Administration (Food and Drug Administration)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Indian Health Service (IHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Program Support Center (PSC)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Further information on these programs can be found at the Dept. of Health & Human Services web site.

Phone: 202.619.0257
Website: http://www.hhs.gov

Service/program name: Administration on Aging
Description: The Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is one of the nation's largest providers of home- and community-based care for older persons and their caregivers. Our mission is to promote the dignity and independence of older people, and to help society prepare for an aging population.

Services Funded By The OAA

There are six core services funded by the OAA including:

Supportive services, which enable communities to provide rides to medical appointments, and grocery and drug stores. Supportive services provide handyman, chore and personal care services so that older persons can stay in their homes. These services extend to community services such as adult day care and information and assistance as well.

Nutrition services, which include more than a meal. Since its creation, the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program has provided nearly 6 billion meals for at-risk older persons.

Preventive health services, which educate and enable older persons to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), which was funded for the first time in 2000, is a significant addition to the OAA. It was created to help the millions of people who provide the primary care for spouses, parents, older relatives and friends.

Services that protect the rights of vulnerable older persons, which are designed to empower older persons and their family members to detect and prevent elder abuse and consumer fraud as well as to enhance the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of America's elderly

Services to Native Americans, which include nutrition and supportive services designed to meet the unique cultural and social traditions of tribal and native organizations and organizations serving Native Hawaiians.

Local Region V Administration on Aging contact information is as follows:

233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 790
Chicago, IL 60601-5519
Phone: 312.353.3141
Fax: 312.886.8533
Phone: 312.353.3141
Website: www.aoa.gov
  General Information:
Description: Principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

A Pledge for Life Partnership Initiative
1 Stuart Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
Email: kan-i-help.org