A Note from Director Melinda Freemon

    The mission of the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is to be a leader and a partner promoting health and well-being in the Anchorage community. We often refer to DHHS as the “best kept secret in town” because much of our work is done behind the scenes, to keep you, your families, pets and community safe and healthy.

    DHHS safeguards Anchorage public health by preventing, detecting, and treating communicable diseases, by assuring a safety net for seniors and vulnerable citizens in need of referrals or a safe place to sleep, by providing intervention and relocation services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, by monitoring and enforcing the highest standards for air quality, food sanitation, noise control, child care, and animal control regulations. We prepare and plan for potential community emergencies, connect citizens in need with temporary or permanent supportive housing, and provide a sacred place for burial and bereavement at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.

    DHHS is also proud to help strengthen the community’s ability to improve its own health and well-being by informing, educating, and empowering people about health issues, mobilizing community partners to identify and solve public health problems, and by developing plans and policies that support individual community health efforts.

    2017 will mark the 80th year that DHHS has worked to help keep our community safe, and our citizens healthy. It's an honor and a privilege to work for the citizens of Anchorage. We look forward to another 80 years serving you.  

 To your health,

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Melinda  Freemon