Pa. Department of Public Welfare gets name change today

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 24, 2014 5:09 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's public welfare secretary is about to unveil the agency's new name and logo. 

Secretary Bev Mackereth is slated to preside over an event later today that enacts a new state law changing the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services. 

Supporters say they hope the new name will help reduce a stigma sometimes associated with welfare and public assistance.

Proponents say it also more accurately describes the massive agency's mission.

Mackereth is expected to be joined by lawmakers and people associated with the agency during the event at the Health and Welfare Building adjacent to the state Capitol.

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  • Freethinker img 2014-11-24 10:51

    I wonder whether in 20 years they'll have to change the name again because by then the term "Human Services" will have negative connotations?

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