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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Publications Clearinghouse

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) publications cover such topics as medical treatment effectiveness, health care costs and utilization, health care expenditures, health information systems, health technology assessment, clinical practice guidelines, and funding opportunities for grants and contracts. AHRQ makes documents available free of charge through its Publications Clearinghouse. Other AHRQ documents are available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) or the Government Printing Office (GPO).

Review Date: June 22, 2011

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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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Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of the Surgeon General, under the direction of the Surgeon General, oversees the operations of the 6,500-member Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and provides support for the Surgeon General in the accomplishment of her other duties. The Office is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General serves as America's Doctor by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

Review Date: August 24, 2011

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Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. OSH is a division within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which is located within CDC’s Coordinating Center for Health Promotion. Originally established in 1965 as the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health, OSH is dedicated to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Review Date: June 29, 2011

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Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board

The Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board is established in order to provide the Indian people of the Aberdeen Area with a formal representative Board as a means of communicating and participation with the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service and other health agencies and organizations on health matters.

Review Date: December 08, 2008

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Action on Smoking and Health

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a national nonprofit legal action and educational organization fighting for the rights of nonsmokers against the many problems of smoking. ASH uses the tremendous power of the law to represent nonsmokers in courts and legislative bodies, and before regulatory agencies. For more than 40 years, ASH has been one of the most effective antismoking and nonsmokers' rights organizations in the world. ASH is active with regard to all aspects of the problems of smoking and nonsmokers' rights, and has a truly national focus. One of ASH's major roles in the U.S. is to serve as a think tank and incubator for new strategies and tactics, and as a vehicle for propagating these new ideas to other antismoking organizations, legislators and regulators, and the general public. ASH receives no money from the government or from the tobacco settlement.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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American Association for Respiratory Care

The AARC is a not-for-profit professional association representing more than 37,000 members. For more than 50 years, the AARC has led the respiratory care profession in science, education and research. Its members are committed to providing exemplary respiratory care and improving lung health worldwide. AARC’s mission is to advance the science, technology, ethics, and art of respiratory care through research and education for its members and to teach the general public about pulmonary health and disease prevention.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) was originally established as the American Society for the Control of Cancer in 1913, and became the ACS in 1945. ACS is the voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. It conducts and supports programs of research, education, and service to the cancer patient. The Society's immediate goal of saving more lives is served through educating the public about prevention and early detection of cancer, the importance of prompt treatment, and the possibilities of cure, through educating the medical profession to the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and through direct service to the cancer patient and the patient's family. Public education activities include a toll-free cancer information services publication of a variety of pamphlets, educational programs conducted in schools and communities, and presentation of materials in the mass media. The Society has a comprehensive professional education program designed to motivate physicians, dentists, and nurses to use the best cancer management techniques. The Society conducts service and rehabilitation programs for cancer patients and their families. ACS supports cancer research through several types of research grants and disseminates the research results. ACS has 17 divisions as well as over 3400 local units.

Review Date: June 25, 2009

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American Society of Anesthesiologists

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) was founded in 1905 to advance the art and science of anesthesiology as a medical specialty and to raise standards through education and research. A nonprofit organization, ASA offers publications, a library and museum, meetings, and continuing education programs. ASA also monitors legislative affairs.

Review Date: November 02, 2010

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Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) is a national network of organizations and individuals working towards social justice and a tobacco-free Asian American and Pacific Islander community. APPEAL’s mission is to champion social justice and achieve parity and empowerment for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders by supporting and mobilizing community-led movements through advocacy and leadership development on critical public health issues.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) was created in May 2005 as the first national patient-based advocacy organization for bladder cancer. BCAN’s mission is to raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and medical community; to advocate for allocation of additional governmental and private funds to research programs directed to the diagnosis, treatment and cure of bladder cancer; and, to work with and provide financial assistance and grants to individuals, corporations and health and medical institutions and associations for bladder cancer research. BCAN is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and contributions made to BCAN are tax-deductible.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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National Medical Association

The National Medical Association (NMA) was founded in 1895 as a professional organization for African-American physicians. Its goals are to raise professional and educational standards, to promote cooperation among physicians, to improve the health care delivery system, to educate the public, to promote just medical laws, and to eliminate racial and religious discrimination from American medical institutions. It operates the SASATA Project under a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a Radon and Indoor Air Education Program under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It works to recruit African-American students into medical programs, provides information and consultation services to members, and advises and guides physicians who are interested in Federal funding.

Review Date: July 02, 2008

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Nicotine Anonymous World Services

Nicotine Anonymous is a grass roots organization of men and women whose primary purpose is to offer support to those who are trying to gain freedom from nicotine. The only requirement for membership in the organization is a desire to stop using nicotine.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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