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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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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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National Center for Environmental Health - NCEH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. NCEH is committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards - children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established in 1966. Its highest priority is to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes, improve highway safety by promoting both safer vehicles and safer driving practices, sets and enforces Federal safety standards for all new motor vehicles, investigates alleged safety defects and orders recalls where necessary, and conducts extensive research on improving vehicle safety. The NHTSA provides financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, awards grants to states for highway safety and to help combat drunk driving, works closely with private organizations to promote a broad range of driver and traffic safety programs, including programs to combat drunk driving, encourages use of safety belts and child safety seats, improve emergency medical services, driver licensing, traffic recordkeeping and traffic law enforcement, investigates odometer fraud, sets bumper, fuel economy and vehicle theft standards and develops crashworthiness of new cars. The NHTSA maintains a toll-free hotline for consumer complaints on auto safety, reporting alleged defects, requests for auto safety recall information, and consumer publications on traffic and highway safety.

Review Date: December 09, 2010

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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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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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Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to encourage employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards and implement new or improved safety and health programs; establish separate but dependent responsibilities and rights for employers and employees to achieve better safety and health conditions; maintain a reporting and record-keeping system to monitor job-related injuries and illnesses; develop mandatory job safety and health standards and enforce them; and provide for the development, analysis, evaluation, and approval of State occupational safety and health programs. The Act provides six distinct provisions for protecting the safety and health of Federal workers on the job. OSHA also encourages a broad range of voluntary workplace improvement efforts, including consultation programs, training and education efforts, grants to establish safety and health competence, and a variety of similar programs.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. The Department's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department of Education is dedicated to: 1) Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds. 2) Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research. 3) Focusing national attention on key educational issues. 4) Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Review Date: February 23, 2011

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA regulates the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

Review Date: August 08, 2011

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Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs and interests of the general dentist. The AGD’s mission is to serve the needs and represent the interests of general dentists, to promote the oral health of the public, and to foster continued proficiency of general dentists through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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Advocates For Youth

Advocates for Youth, formerly The Center for Population Options (CPO) is a national organization that focuses on adolescents as the critical group to reach with information on reproductive health and family planning options. Advocates works to increase the opportunities for and abilities of youth to make healthy decisions about sexuality. It runs a number of projects toward its ends: Media Projects; International programs; HIV prevention education programs; condom availability clearinghouse; adolescent pregnancy prevention clearinghouse; school-based health centers; and support centers. Advocates for Youth also operates the International Clearinghouse on Adolescent Fertility, which disseminates information in English, Spanish, and French on adolescent fertility and childbearing worldwide. Finally, the Advocates' Public Education and Resource Center contains a unique collection of over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles and monographs relating to adolescent reproductive and sexual health. Advocates for Youth is supported by grants and contributions from corporations, institutions, and individuals.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, formerly the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, was founded in 1953 to further the diagnosis, research, and treatment of mental illnesses affecting children, adolescents, and their families. It provides information for both the public and mental health professionals. The Academy also works with a network of mental health groups to improve mental health care and with government agencies to influence public policy. It also holds scholarly institutes on such subjects as epidemiology and psychiatry and the law.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

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American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund was founded in 1971 to save the life of one person who needed help paying for dialysis. Forty years later, AKF has become the leading source of direct, treatment-related financial assistance to people in the United States who are living with chronic kidney disease. In 2010, AKF provided treatment-related financial assistance to more than 101,000 dialysis patients nationwide. The work of the American Kidney Fund goes beyond financial assistance. It is also AFK’s mission to provide health education to people with, and at risk for, kidney disease.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was established in 1961 to provide information about the various services available to patients with Parkinson's disease and to make funds available for research in new drug therapies and to find a cure. The Association maintains 63 information and referral centers. The centers also provide educational booklets and information concerning health services in their areas, the availability of physicians experienced with the disease, and updated information on new medications. The Association awards fellowships that fund the work of medical researchers. APDA's support is dependent on contributions. APDA has 58 fundraising chapters and over 800 support groups nationwide. Additional resources include: 1) APDA National Resource for Rehabilitation; tel. 888-606-1688; e-mail rehab@bu.edu. This program provides access to a licensed physical therapist at Boston University’s Sargent College for questions about exercise, information about programs in the caller’s area, and educational materials. 2) APDA National Veteran’s Information & Referral Center; tel. 888-328-1715; e-mail susan.gulas@va.gov. This center serves as a centralized resource dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of veterans with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

Review Date: August 21, 2012

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American Social Health Association

For over 90 years the American Social Health Association (ASHA) has focused on the education and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Through its offices in Washington, DC, and Research Triangle Park, NC, ASHA leads advocacy efforts for proper attention and funding to STD research and programs; creates educational materials for patients, providers, policymakers, and the press; conducts survey and evaluation research in the area of sexual health; operates key national call centers and Web-based interactive services to provide information, counseling, and referrals on sensitive health topics such as STDs and cervical cancer prevention. ASHA provides educational materials for both print and electronic dissemination and distributes more than 2 million low-cost educational pamphlets a year in English and Spanish through public STD and family planning clinics, college health clinics, and private providers. ASHA’s Washington staff works to educate members of Congress and other important voices in health policy about the urgency of research and frontline programs in the STD field.

Review Date: November 12, 2009

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Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center

The Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center (A&PIWC) is a nonprofit organization in North America focusing on A&PI communities around sexual health and HIV/AIDS services. To meet the needs of its clients who are mostly immigrants or refugees, A&PI Wellness Center staff speak many Asian languages. The mission of the organization is to educate, support, empower and advocate for Asian and Pacific Islander communities – particularly A&PIs living with, or at-risk for, HIV/AIDS.

Review Date: September 22, 2011

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Asociacion Nacional pro Personas Mayores, National Association for Hispanic Elderly

The National Association for Hispanic Elderly [Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores] was founded in 1975 to serve the needs of Hispanic elderly and other low income persons. It is recognized as the pioneer and the leading organization in the field of Hispanic Aging. It has become one of the broadest based Hispanic organizations in the nation. It is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with both public and private funding. It has earned a national reputation for its work with the elderly and for its increasingly significant role in the larger Hispanic community. The scope of the Association’s work includes employment programs, services for the elderly, economic development projects which include low-income housing and neighborhood development programs, research and data collection, training and technical assistance, development of model projects, and award winning media productions. The Association has an extended network of over 500 public and private community service organizations throughout the nation.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

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Center for the Pacific Asian Family

The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is nonprofit organization that offers domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. The mission of the Center is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of API women and their families.

Review Date: September 22, 2011

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Chinese Community Health Resource Center

The Chinese Community Health Resource Center (CCHRC) is a private, non-profit community center by the Chinese Community Health Care Association (a physicians’ independent practice association), Chinese Community Health Plan, and Chinese Hospital. The Center’s mission is to build a healthy community through culturally and linguistically competent preventive health, disease management, and research programs.

Review Date: December 06, 2010

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Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services is committed to ensuring that all Victorians have access to quality services that protect and enhance the community's physical, mental and social well-being.

Review Date: December 08, 2008

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Emotions Anonymous International

Emotions Anonymous (EA) offers a group approach to the achievement of emotional health patterned after the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Group meetings are conducted in which participants share their experiences, strength, and hope with each other while practicing the 12 steps to this new way of life, one day at a time. Groups are open to anyone seeking help for their emotional or living problems. EA publishes a magazine, promotional literature, and guidelines for conducting EA groups.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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FCMS International Office

The mission of the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies is to foster communication and association of medical societies and health care professionals sharing a common goal of enhancing the health of Chinese in North America and facilitating the professional development of its members.

Review Date: December 08, 2008

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Immunization Action Coalition

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies. IAC distributes consumer information and health professional resources in English and up to 50 other languages including Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Russian, Tagalog, Chinese, and more.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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La Leche League International

La Leche League’s (LLL) mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. LLL believes that breastfeeding, with its many important physical and psychological advantages, is best for baby and mother and is the ideal way to initiate good parent-child relationships. La Leche League host events and provides programs to promote and support breastfeeding.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

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Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) is a national, private, nonprofit advocacy organization which affirms that sexuality is a natural part of living. Incorporated in 1964, SEICUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. The SIECUS Mary S. Calderone Library (non-circulating) includes over 5,000 books, 750 curricula, 200 periodicals, assorted pamphlets, and vertical files from 1964.

Review Date: July 15, 2008

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