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Harrisburg Building Renamed to Reflect Modern Health and Human Services

The shared building of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Health (DOH) has been officially renamed the Health and Human Services Building. The renaming ceremony was attended by DHS Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh and DOH Secretary Dr. Debra Bogen, marking a significant shift from the previous “Health and Welfare” title to better represent the services provided and the departments housed within.

Secretary Arkoosh emphasized that the renaming is part of a broader initiative to modernize the department and address Pennsylvanians with dignity and respect by eliminating outdated and stigmatizing language. “This is more than just a name change,” Arkoosh stated. “It is another step toward modernizing our work and centering our efforts around the people we serve.”

DOH Secretary Bogen also highlighted the name change as a reflection of the Shapiro Administration’s dedication to enhancing collaboration between the two departments. “The new name speaks to the broad range of services provided by the dedicated health and human services professionals working within the departments to meet the needs of Pennsylvanians,” Bogen remarked.

The rededication of the building in January 2024 was celebrated with the installation of new signage. The change aligns with the department’s 2014 title change from the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services, and includes updates to the building’s mailing address and online presence.

Built in 1955 and located within the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, the building is a central hub for key offices of both the DOH and DHS. It supports numerous Commonwealth employees and coordinates closely with local County Assistance Offices throughout Pennsylvania to facilitate in-person services.

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