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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mission, Vision, Values


Lead the country in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the adverse health effects of emergencies and disasters by supporting our communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening our health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.


The nation’s health, response systems, and communities will be prepared, responsive, and resilient to limit the adverse health impact of emergencies and disasters.


Hands around globe   Diversity
We are dedicated to creating and maintaining an open, inclusive environment that nurtures differing world views. 
Soaring eagle   Excellence
We demonstrate quality in what we do, set high expecta¬tions for ourselves and others, and innovate and improve through the introduction of new concepts and methods.
NDMS responder with Hatian child   Integrity
We are honest and reliable, we hold ourselves accountable, and our actions and decisions are guided by fairness and transparency.
Pills in a palm  

We motivate and inspire our colleagues to achieve success through a shared vision and through unity of effort.

Flags of the Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Flag   Public Service
We commit to serve our country, our community, and our fellow citizens, and are accountable to the public for our actions.
Workshop attendees at roundtable discussion  

We treat people with dignity and consideration, and listen openly to what others have to say, in order to benefit from varied perspectives and create environments that foster trust.

NDMS responders working togeather on a patient  

We support and motivate each other, achieving more together than we can alone.

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  • This page last reviewed: February 18, 2014