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Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers, and through its grantees, health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. HRSA trains health professionals to improve systems of care in rural communities, and oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

Review Date: July 26, 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 Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - NCCDPHP
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) consists of nine divisions that support a variety of activities that improve the nation's health by preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors. Program activities include supporting states’ implementation of public health programs; public health surveillance; translation research; and developing tools and resources for stakeholders at the national, state, and community levels. The Center’s surveillance activities provide data and statistics relevant to each of its program areas.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatestimpact on preventing disease and improving human health, the NIEHS focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers. The NIEHS achieves its mission through: Extramural research and training, funded by grants and contracts, to scientists, environmental health professionals, and other groups worldwide, Intramural research conducted by scientists at the NIEHS facility and in partnership with scientists at universities and hospitals, Toxicological testing and test validation by the National Toxicology Program, and Outreach and communications programs that provide reliable health information to the public and scientific resources to researchers.

Review Date: July 12, 2011

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Office of Family Planning, Office of Population Affairs

The Family Planning program, authorized under Title X of the Public Health Service Act, is administered within the Office of Population Affairs by the Office of Family Planning (OFP). The Title X program is the only Federal program devoted solely to the provision of family planning and reproductive health care. The program is designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to low-income persons. A broad range of effective and acceptable family planning methods and services are available on a voluntary and confidential basis. In addition to contraceptive services and related counseling, Title X supported clinics also provide a number of preventive health services such as: patient education and counseling; breast and pelvic examinations; cervical cancer, STD and HIV screenings; and pregnancy diagnosis and counseling. For many clients, Title X clinics provide the only continuing source of health care and health education.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

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Office of Population Affairs

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) serves as the focal point to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health on a wide range of reproductive health topics, including family planning and reproductive health, sterilization and other population issues. OPA, under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, is responsible for administration and oversight of the Title X Family Planning Program.

Review Date: August 21, 2012

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Office of Women's Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Office of Women's Health works to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life of women at every stage of life.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

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Office on Women's Health

The Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the government's champion and focal point for women's health issues. OWH works to redress inequities in research, health care services, and education that have historically placed the health of women at risk. The National Women's Health Information Center Helplines connect you with information and resources to answer your health questions. The helplines cannot provide a medical diagnosis or answer medical questions, but can help you learn more about a health condition. All medical questions should be directed to a doctor or nurse. Trained English- and Spanish-speaking information and referral specialists will provide organizational referrals to assist you with any health questions or find and order free health information for you. For breast feeding help, breastfeeding peer counselors can answer common breastfeeding questions and walk you through challenges on issues ranging from latching to pumping and storage.

Review Date: August 28, 2012

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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 College of Nurse-Midwives

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) establishes standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery, certifies nurse-midwives, and accredits nurse-midwifery education programs. ACNM holds an annual convention, publishes a variety of educational materials, and refers consumers to locally practicing nurse-midwives. ACNM also cooperates with allied groups to improve services for mothers and infants.

Review Date: September 16, 2010

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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has over 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. ACOG works primarily in four areas: serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women; maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members; promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care; increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. ACOG houses a resource center which acts as a clearinghouse for ob/gyn information for both professionals and consumers.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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American Fertility Association

The American Fertility Association (The AFA), a 501 (c) (3) national non-profit organization is a lifetime resource for infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. These services include leading-edge educational outreach events, an extensive online library with HD videos, a daily blog, a resource directory available for download on mobile devices, telephone and in-person coaching, and a toll-free support line.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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American Society for Reproductive Medicine

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, formerly the American Fertility Society, was founded in 1944 as the American Society for the Study of Sterility. Its objective is to disseminate clinical and scientific knowledge relating to fertility, sterility, conception control, reproductive biology, and relevant endocrinology. Publications, annual meetings, and postgraduate courses are the means by which this objective is met. The Society provides resource information to the general public.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) was founded in 1963 as the education arm of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America (PPFA) and incorporated as an independent organization 1972. A leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health, ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health.

Review Date: September 28, 2011

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Birthright International

Birthright provides support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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DES Action USA

DES Action is a national nonprofit organization formed to provide the public with information on the consequences of the use of diethylstilbestrol (DES) for women who have taken it and for children born to these women. They offer information and resources for DES-exposed mothers, daughters, sons, and grandchildren who may need special health care. In addition to publishing educational materials relating to DES, the organization provides a list of gynecologists who are familiar with the potential medical complications resulting from DES use.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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Family Health International

FHI is a global health and development organization whose science-based programs bring lasting change to the world's most vulnerable people. Among the organization’s worldwide staff of 2,500 are leading physicians, scientists, and technical experts in health, development, and management. FHI’s work is global in scale yet country-focused, with international offices staffed by local professionals. Since 1971, FHI has worked with 1,400 partners in 125 countries, forging strong relationships with governments, diverse organizations, the private sector and communities. By applying science to programs, FHI is helping countries make measurable progress against disease, poverty, and inequity—improving lives for millions.

Review Date: June 09, 2011

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Guttmacher Institute

Four decades after its creation, the Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights though an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute's overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide. In 2009, Guttmacher was designated an official Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health by the World Health Organization and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

This independent health care philanthropy group is focused on four main areas: health policy, reproductive health, HIV policy, and health and development in South Africa. Grants are awarded annually--over $26 million in 1995--and the Foundation's staff review grant applications on a continuing basis. The Foundation also maintains a special interest in health policy and innovation in its home state of California.

Review Date: December 03, 2008

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InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc.

The InterNational Council on Fertility Information Dissemination, Inc. has the largest infertility audience worldwide and is a nonprofit dedicated to helping infertile couples find their best family-building options -- including treatment and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss and guidance for those seeking to adopt. INCIID has almost 40,000 registered members and serves 10 million individual pages to consumers each month. From INCIID the Heart program provides free IVF services to those with financial and medical need.

Review Date: June 07, 2011

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March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out their mission by investing in research and educating health care professionals, pregnant women and new moms. They also are there with support for families with a baby in newborn intensive care. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Review Date: June 17, 2008

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National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) represents the broad spectrum of family planning administrators and clinicians serving the nation's low-income and uninsured. NFPRHA serves its members by providing advocacy, education and training to those in the family planning and reproductive health care fields. As health care reform is phased in over the next several years, NFPRHA will focus on: Strengthening the Title X program now and anticipating its future; Making Medicaid a priority and preparing family planning providers to care for a large newly insured population in danger of slipping through the cracks; and tackling issues that affect the future of service delivery, including preparing the family planning infrastructure for the systemic changes initiated by health reform. For over 40 years, NFPRHA members have shared a commitment to providing high-quality, federally funded family planning care - making them a critical component of the nation's public health safety net. Every day NFPRHA members help people act responsibly, stay healthy and plan for strong families.

Review Date: April 24, 2012

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National Vulvodynia Association

The National Vulvodynia Association (NVA), a non-profit organization founded in 1994, educates the patient and medical communities about vulvodynia, a chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. NVA provides lists of medical professionals, funds research on causes and treatment, and lobbies for federal research funding.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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North American Menopause Society

Founded in 1989, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of women through an understanding of menopause. Its multidisciplinary membership of 2,000 leaders in the field – including clinical and basic science experts from medicine, nursing, sociology, psychology, nutrition, anthropology, epidemiology, pharmacy, and education – allows NAMS to be uniquely qualified to provide information that is both accurate and unbiased, not for or against any point of view.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a voluntary family planning and reproductive health organization. This Federation of 128 organizations operates 875 family planning clinics that provide contraceptive services, gynecological services, infertility therapy, pregnancy testing and counseling, prenatal services, sexually transmitted disease diagnosis, abortions, and sterilization services. Educational efforts are directed at specific problems such as unwanted pregnancies among adolescents. Planned Parenthood sponsors research to develop safe and effective contraceptives and to better understand human reproduction.

Review Date: July 14, 2008

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Population Council

The Population Council is a international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts research in three areas: HIV and AIDS; poverty, gender, and youth; and reproductive health. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of regional and country offices.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

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Premature Ovarian Failure Support Group

The mission of the POFSG is to provide community, support and information to women with Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) and their loved ones; to increase public awareness and understanding of POF; and to work with health care professionals to better understand this condition.

Review Date: August 19, 2010

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Project PCOS

Project PCOS envisions Polycystic Ovary Syndrome being recognized as a significant public health concern. Through its website, PCOS aims to invoke, inspire and incite the PCOS Community and its supporters to be vocal proponents in the media, advocacy coalitions, and educational forums, both online and within health related communities.

Review Date: October 05, 2011

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RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. RESOLVE is a member of the National Coalition for Oversight of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (NCOART), the National Health Council and is a founding member of the International Federation of Infertility Patient Associations (IFIPA). RESOLVE will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable state or federal law.

Review Date: January 20, 2011

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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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Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

An Affiliate of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility(SREI) is composed of over 850 members whose mission is to engender excellence in the care of patients with reproductive endocrine disease; to provide an environment which encourages growth of both patients' and physicians' knowledge of the subspecialty; and to support and nurture new initiatives in basic and clinical research in the ares of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. SREI membership requires certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Review Date: October 01, 2009

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