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Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Actual services are provided by state, county, city and tribal governments, and public and private local agencies. ACF assists these organizations through funding, policy direction, and information services.

Review Date: June 22, 2011

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the organization provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

Review Date: July 28, 2011

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Clearinghouse on Disability Information, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

The Clearinghouse provides information to people with disabilities, or anyone requesting information, by doing research and providing documents in response to inquiries. The information provided includes areas of federal funding for disability-related programs. Clearinghouse staff is trained to serve as experts in referring requests to other sources of disability-related information, if necessary. This office is in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) which is divided into three areas: the Office of Special Education Programs, the rehabilitation Services Administration, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Information provided may be useful to disabled individuals and their families, schools and universities, teacher's and/or school administrators, and organizations which have persons with disabilities as clients.

Review Date: September 11, 2011

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Health Resources and Services Administration Information Center

The HRSA Information Center provides publications, information, resources, and referrals about health care services for medically underserved individuals and populations. Live, online assistance is available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, by accessing the HRSA Information Center’s (IC’s) Live Help service. Through the Information Center, health care professionals, policymakers, researchers, and members of the public can obtain material on HRSA-supported public health programs including maternal and child health, oral health, HIV/AIDS, community health, minority health, rural health, health professions training and the planning, development and delivery of high quality ambulatory health care in medically underserved areas. Information specialists provide information and referrals and the web site contains searchable databases of community health centers and health related organizations. Spanish-speaking information specialists are available.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center (MCHIRC) is dedicated to the goal of helping MCH practitioners on the Federal, State, and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The mission of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) is the prevention of disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases. NCIRD balances its efforts in the domestic and global arenas as well as accommodates the specific needs of all populations at risk of vaccine preventable diseases from children to older adults.

Review Date: August 10, 2011

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NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Information Resource Center

The NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting and supporting basic, translational, and clinical research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences related to child and maternal health, in medical rehabilitation, and in the reproductive sciences. Information specialists are available to respond to inquiries Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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Office of Children’s Health Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of this office is to make the protection of children’s environmental health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States. The OCHP will support and facilitate Agency efforts to protect children’s health from environmental threats. The office maintains a web site that includes tips and advice for parents and the general public about ways to protect children from environmental health threats.

Review Date: June 09, 2011

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Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families

The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. In FY 1995, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), originally the American Academy of General Practice, was founded in 1947 and has chapters in all States. Its purpose is to represent the interests of family physicians, provide opportunities for continuing education, and maintain high standards of family practice care. AAFP requires continuing education from its members and promotes the development of family practice medical education. A public education program is conducted to inform the public about family practice. Other activities include medical student services, annual meetings, and reduced insurance rates.

Review Date: July 01, 2009

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

The AAPD’s 8,000 members serve as primary care and specialty providers for millions of children from infancy through adolescence; provide advanced, specialty-level care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs; and are the primary contributors to professional education programs and scholarly works concerning children’s dental care. The AAPD offers many programs and resources including: advocacy, oral health brochures, finding a pediatric dentist, oral health policies and clinical guidelines, online store, meetings and events, publications and much more.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), founded in 1930, is a professional association dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, and young adults. The AAP is concerned with the education of pediatric health professionals, advocacy for children, and continuing education. The Academy sponsors continuing education courses through its pediatrics review and education program, and provides scholarships to pediatric residents. The Academy works with various government agencies, associations and corporations to promote the cause of child health, and participates in special health education projects.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American Board of Pediatrics

Founded in 1933, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABP is an independent, nonprofit organization whose certificate is recognized throughout the world as a credential signifying a high level of physician competence. The ABP strives to improve training, establishes the requirements for certification, and sets the standards for its examinations. Certification by the ABP has one objective -- to promote excellence in medical care for children and adolescents. Certification represents dedication to the highest level of professionalism in patient care. ABP certification provides a standard of excellence by which the public can select pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Although ABP certification is voluntary, nearly all qualified pediatricians seek this recognition.

Review Date: April 20, 2011

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American Juvenile Arthritis Organization

The American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO), a Council of the Arthritis Foundation, is devoted to serving the special needs of children, teens, and young adults with childhood rheumatic diseases and their families. AJAO offers both support and information through national and local programs that serve the needs of families and friends of the afflicted, and health professionals. The Organization serves as a clearinghouse of information for the public; sponsors an annual national conference; monitors and promotes legislation that affects children with arthritis; sponsors research through its parent body. The Organization's membership is comprised of parents, family members, doctors, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, and young adults. The Organization responds to mail, telephone, and electronic mail inquiries.

Review Date: January 05, 2009

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American School Health Association

The mission of the American School Health Association is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth. The American School Health Association envisions healthy students who learn and achieve in safe and healthy environments nurtured by caring adults functioning within coordinated school and community support systems. The Association is a multidisciplinary organization of administrators, counselors, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers. ASHA has more than 2,000 members in 56 countries. More than one-half the members practice in K-12 schools or advise and oversee health education or health services programs in schools or state agencies charged with managing school health programs.

Review Date: April 28, 2011

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Brave Kids

Brave Kids has helped millions of children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses and disabilities since 1999. Brave Kids is the national non-profit organization that serves children with special needs by providing resources, emotional support and medical information. Brave Kids was founded by Kristen Fitzgerald after the loss of her two children to catastrophic illnesses. Its mission is to help children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities, by connecting them to medical information and resources such as financial assistance, camps, support groups, dental assistance, child care and health services.

Review Date: May 19, 2011

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Center for Health and Health Care In Schools

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) is a nonpartisan policy and program resource center at George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services. The Center's mission is to strengthen the well-being of children and youth through effective health programs and health care services in schools. Health programs range from those that help students adopt healthy habits to those that foster a physically and emotionally healthy school environment. School-based services include physical and mental health care, dental services, screenings and referrals to community resources, as well as school-located services to support students with special needs.

Review Date: September 19, 2011

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Childreach - PlanUSA

Founded in 1937, PlanUSA is an international humanitarian, child-focused development organization without religious, political or governmental affiliation. Child sponsorship is the basic foundation of the organization. PlanUSA's mission is to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries through a process that unites people across cultures, and adds meaning and value to their lives by: enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies; fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; promoting the rights and interests of the world's children. PlanUSA is committed to achieving excellence in meeting the needs of the people it serves by continuous improvement of its programs, processes and services.

Review Date: December 16, 2008

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Children's Angel Flight

This agency manages and coordinates no-cost charitable child transport patient programs on behalf of children who need access to medical research centers and disease-specific treatment programs. Some medical institutions and programs being served by CAF include: University of Florida, Clinical Research Center; Eastern Virginia Medical School; Palestine Children's Relief Fund; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Dermatology; University of Texas Medical School; St. Lukes Hospital (St. Louis, MO); Baylor College of Medicine; and Adoption Exchange Association. CAF helps sponsor National Patient Transport Helpline (NPATH)--1-800-296-1217-- a referral service for child patients on charitable long-distance air medical transport options.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation

The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is a national, non-profit organization focused on pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart muscle. CCF is dedicated to accelerating the search for cures while improving diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for children affected by cardiomyopathy. CCF actively works with federal agencies, medical societies, voluntary health organizations, and hospitals nationwide to increase awareness, accelerate research, and advance education on pediatric cardiomyopathy.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

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Children's Environmental Health Network

The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary project whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. We focus on research, education, and policy. Our goals are to: promote the development of a sound public health and child-focused national policy; stimulate prevention-oriented research; educate health professionals, policy makers, and community members in preventive strategies; and elevate public awareness of environmental hazards to children.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy

CURE is a grass roots organization with the mission of providing hope for children with intractable epilepsy by supporting research to find a cure. Volunteers are needed around the country to support and assist the organization's efforts.

Review Date: August 22, 2010

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Emergency Medical Services for Children

The Federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency. The Program also supports two resource centers: the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) and the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC). The NRC works with states to identify the resources needed to organize and implement EMSC activities throughout the nation. NEDARC assists EMSC grantees and state EMS offices in developing their own capabilities to collect, analyze, and utilize EMS and other healthcare data to improve the quality of care in state EMS and trauma systems.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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Family Voices

Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through a national network, Family Voices provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, builds partnerships among professionals and families, and serves as a trusted resource on health care.

Review Date: September 28, 2011

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Healthy Child Healthy World

A non-profit organization whose mission is to inform parents and all those concerned with the welfare of children about preventable health and development problems caused by exposure to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and to encourage the public to take action to protect children against these toxic threats. CHEC's Web site resources include the "Health e House," an interactive Virtual House Quiz which identifies environmental health hazards and suggests safer alternatives. "Health e House" Quiz gives parents guidance on what they're doing right in their homes, what they can change and how. First Steps, a monthly e-mail program, to enable parents to sign up and receive information throughout their baby's first year of life.

Review Date: July 14, 2009

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Joslin Diabetes Center

Established in 1898, Joslin Diabetes Center is an internationally recognized institution that treats adults and children with diabetes, conducts diabetes research, educates patients and teaches professional personnel, and maintains summer camps for diabetic children.

Review Date: October 21, 2010

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF, with chapters from coast to coast and affiliates around the world, gives more money to diabetes research than any other non-profit, non-governmental health agency in the world.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) was founded in 1973 as a non-profit specialty nursing organization devoted to improving the quality of infant and child health care. The Association's mission is to provide a professional home for pediatric nurse practitioners and specialty nurses in advanced practice providing primary health care to infants, children, and adolescents and their families. NAPNAP accomplishes this through providing a voice, advocacy, and professional development toward improved health care for clients.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

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National Association of School Nurses

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advances the specialty practice of school nursing to improve the health and academic success of all students. NASN is committed to improving health outcomes and academic achievement for all students. School nurses contribute to their local communities by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn, and keeping parents and families at work. NASN is the voice for children’s health, working closely with Congress and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education, to ensure that children have a healthy, successful and secure future.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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National Jewish Medical and Research Center

The National Jewish Medical and Research Center, formerly the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, was founded around the turn of the century to care for the victims of tuberculosis. The Hospital provided treatment for victims, while the Denver Sheltering Home (the Center's forerunner) provided care for children of victims. The two institutions merged in 1978 and now constitute the largest U.S. medical center devoted to the study and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases and immune system disorders, including asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, interstitial lung disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Research activities cover an ever-broadening range of both basic and applied science, from examination of basic life processes to in-depth clinical studies of particular diseases. The Center provides an information service called LUNGLINE, (800)222-LUNG, for individuals with questions about lung diseases and allergies. Beyond the areas of study and treatment listed, LUNGLINE offers information on pneumonia, sarcoidosis, smoking, asbestosis, cystic fibrosis, occupational lung diseases, and other topics. Professional staff publish scientific papers and participate in seminars and conferences. In addition, the Center conducts a formal medical and research fellowship program to train young physicians and researchers in the latest methods of investigating and controlling these illnesses.

Review Date: January 13, 2011

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National Meningitis Association

The National Meningitis Association, Inc. (NMA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission is to educate families, medical professionals and others about bacterial meningitis and prevention approaches to the disease. The primary goal of NMA is to increase protection from meningitis and meningococcal disease. NMA was founded to (1) support research and development of improved meningitis vaccines; (2) support research and development of improved treatments for patients stricken by meningitis; and (3) provide support for families and survivors of meningococcal meningitis and meningococcemia. In particular, NMA is focused on raising awareness and protection among adolescents and young adults, many of whom can be protected through education and vaccination efforts.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

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North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), founded in 1972, is the only society in North America and the largest in the world dedicated to serving the Pediatric Gastroenterology and nutrition communities. The mission of NASPGHAN is to be a world leader in advancing the science and clinical practice of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in health and disease. NASPGHAN was established to advance the understanding of the normal development and physiology of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in infants, children, and adolescents, and to foster the dissemination of this knowledge through scientific meetings, public education, and interaction with other organizations concerned with Pediatric Gastroenterology and nutrition.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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Shape Up America!

Shape Up America! is a non-profit national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and increased physical activity for weight management and disease prevention. Founded by former U.S. Surgeon C. Everett Koop in 1994, Shape Up America! relies on a broad coalition of industry, medical, health, nutrition and physical fitness experts to develop and communicate information to the public and to health care professionals. It has three broad objectives: promote a new understanding by Americans of the health importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity; provide science-based information on the assessment and treatment of obesity; and increase cooperation among national and community organizations committed to advancing healthy weight and increased physical activity as major public health priorities. The Shape Up America! website--www.shapeup.org--is designed to communicate with the public, health care professionals, educators and the media.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals is a network of 22 pediatric speciality hospitals that provide free orthopaedic and burn care to children under the age of eighteen. There are 18 orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals, three Shriners Hospitals dedicated to treating children with burns and one Shriners Hospital that provide burn and spinal cord injury care. The Hospitals accept neither government funds nor insurance monies; all care is paid for entirely by Shriners Hospitals. Shriners hospitals serve as a valuable resource for families whose children need specialized expert care but who cannot afford it.

Review Date: March 20, 2011

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The Nemours Foundation

Since 1940, the Foundation has operated non-profit health care institutions. It provides health care services to the children of Delaware, Florida and the surrounding states; and selected health services for the elderly of Delaware, regardless of their financial means. Operationally, The Nemours Foundation is a not-for-profit knowledge corporation, which conducts nonprofit programs and excels in the provision of health, education and research services. Nemours provides health education through KidsHealth, a Web site dedicated to the health of children, research and professional education, prevention through Nemours Health and Prevention Services, and adjunct programs dealing with detection and intervention such as Nemours BrightStart! Dyslexia Initiative.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

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