The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is responsible for protecting the health of citizens of the United States and providing essential human services. The department is the federal government s principal agency that administers more than 300 programs for social welfare and community development. It also conducts research in the fields of health and social science. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services additionally takes preventive measures and offers immunization services for diseases. The department is also responsible for assuring food and drug safety. It also administers Medicare and Medicaid. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services additionally offers financial assistance and services for low-income families. Its other services include the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence and maternal and infant health improvement. The department maintains one of its locations in Spokane, Wash.