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National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by supporting research: in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases; in the processes of human growth and development; in the biological effects of environmental contaminants in the understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders; in directing programs for the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information in medicine and health, including the development and support of medical libraries and the training of medical librarians and other health information specialists. Compromised of 27 seperate Institutes and Centers, NIH is located in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH provides information and materials to assist the general public, professional public, and media representatives in understanding the new and developing health advances from the NIH.

Review Date: August 17, 2011

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NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) was established in 1836 as the library of the Army Surgeon General's Office. It was transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and became known as NLM in 1956. In support of its mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate biomedical information, NLM has assembled the largest collection of biomedical literature in the world. Included are over 8 million books, journals, technical reports, and other print and audiovisual materials, as well as the nation's largest medical history collection. Services of NLM include computer-based literature retrieval services, interlibrary loan services, programs and grant support for medical libraries, toxicology information services and biotechnology information services. Eight major libraries around the country, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) coordinate online reference retrieval and interlibrary loan services for libraries in their region. DATABASES: Free access to MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus (Consumer health information), and other NLM databases are available to those with World Wide Web access at: www.nlm.nih.gov. Fact sheets and pocket guides describing the databases are available. A MEDLARS management service desk at NLM is staffed to answer questions about the online system.

Review Date: August 18, 2011

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Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is to provide leadership for disease prevention and health promotion among Americans. ODPHP undertakes this mandate through the formulation of national health goals and objectives; the coordination of the Department of Health and Human Services activities in disease prevention, health promotion, preventive health services, and health information and education with respect to the appropriate use of health care; and the stimulation of public and private programs and strategies to enhance the health of the Nation. ODPHP is organized around four areas: prevention policy, clinical preventive services, nutrition policy, health communication, and Telehealth. ODPHP's Prevention Policy oversaw the development of HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000, the national prevention agenda, and manages the process by which progress is monitored. ODPHP's Clinical Preventive Services staff promote the appropriate use of immunizations, screening tests, patient counseling, and other prevention activities in clinical settings. The staff coordinate the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and its development of age- and sex-specific guidelines for preventive services. ODPHP acts as a catalyst for activities that strengthen the Department's capabilities and national leadership in nutrition research, nutrition monitoring, nutrition services and training, nutrition education, food safety and quality, and international nutrition. ODPHP promotes improved access to health information through coordination of Federal health information resources and partnerships with local channels, such as libraries. ODPHP manages the Federal gateway to consumer health information on the Internet, healthfinder (www.healthfinder.gov). ODPHP also operates the National Health Information Center (NHIC). The Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health (SciPICH) is promoting the evaluation of effective communication technology for health information and education.

Review Date: August 31, 2011

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Medical Library Association

MLA, a nonprofit, educational organization, is comprised of health sciences information professionals with more than 4,500 members worldwide. Through its programs and services, MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledge base of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.

Review Date: December 07, 2010

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