Family Health and Relationships

Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

HRSA’s Primary Health Care Programs have their roots in the Migrant Health Act of 1962 and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which established funding for the first community-based clinics that were to become today’s Health Center Program. HRSA has helped fund, staff and support a national network of health clinics serving millions of people who otherwise would have little or no access to care. The National Hansen’s Disease Program, formerly the National Leprosarium, was established in 1921. More recently, the Free Clinics Medical Malpractice Program was established in 2004.

Review Date: Monday, June 27, 2011

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC's Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. CDC is composed of the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Global Health, and five Offices, including Public Health Preparedness and Response; State and Local Support; Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services; Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health; and Infectious Diseases. CDC employs more than 15,000 employees in more than 50 countries and in 168 occupational categories.

Review Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Maternal and Child health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers a broad range of programs services to pregnant women, mothers, infants, children and their families — and children with special health care needs. The largest of the programs, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, includes State Formula Block Grants, Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), and Community Integrated Service Systems (CISS) projects. Other vital missions include Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Traumatic Brain Injury, Healthy Start, Sickle Cell Service Demonstrations, Family to Family Health Information Centers, Emergency Medical Services for Children, and autism.

Review Date: Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health

Recognizing that high-quality maternal and child health (MCH) services are vital to the health of the nation, NCEMCH was established in 1982 at Georgetown University as a national resource to the MCH community. NCEMCH's multidisciplinary staff collaborates with a broad range of federal agencies, corporate and philanthropic partners, professional organizations, and academic institutions.

Review Date: Monday, May 09, 2016

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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: Tuesday, July 26, 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: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the national association of marriage and family therapists. A principal goal of the AAMFT is to increase understanding, research and education of the discipline and to ensure that public needs for marriage and family therapy are met by well-trained, qualified practitioners. The organization accredits graduate degree and post-graduate training institutes throughout the United States and Canada; represents member concerns on legislative and policy matters; and promotes research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy. Services to the general public include a brochure about marriage and family therapy and an on-line directory of AAMFT clinical members..

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists

The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), founded in 1967, is a nonprofit, professional association dedicated to training, education, and research in the field of sex education. AASECT certifies Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and cosponsors programs with educational, health, and social institutions. AASECT also sponsors workshops and seminars on such topics as advanced sex education skills and advanced sex therapy skills, in addition to its annual conferences.

Review Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence

The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (API Institute) is a national resource center and clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. It serves a national network of community-based organizations; advocates and professionals in legal, health, mental health, and social services; government agencies; state coalitions; national domestic and sexual violence organizations; and activists from communities and social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women. It identifies and addresses critical issues, provides technical assistance and training, conducts research, and engages in policy advocacy. Its goals are to strengthen advocacy, promote community organizing, and influence systems changev

Review Date: Wednesday, January 07, 2009

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Caregiver Action Network

Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.

Review Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Chapel Hill Training - Outreach Project, Inc.

CHTOP was established in 1969 with funding from the Federal government as part of our nation's earliest attempts to provide educational services to young children with disabilities. Under the direction of Anne R. Sanford, who was the founder of CHTOP, the strategies and materials developed by CHTOP during these early years became known as the Chapel Hill Model. The Model included assessment instruments, curricula, and strategies for parent involvement and family-centered programming. In 1983, the Chapel Hill Model was validated unanimously for "exemplary program status" by the U.S. Department of Education's Joint Dissemination Review Panel (JDRP). Recently the Chapel Hill Model was renamed The LAP System. Our mission is to develop and demonstrate programs and strategies that will enhance the lives of children and families. Of principal concern to project staff are families in poverty, families caring for the elderly, children with disabilities or chronic illness, and children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Review Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013

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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: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Children, Youth and Family Consortium

The Children, Youth and Family Consortium's web site is a bridge to a wide range of information and resources about children and families. It connects research, teaching, policy, and community practice. CYFC seeks to advance greater understanding, shared knowledge, and action that is informed and deliberate.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Children's Rights Council

Founded in 1985, the Children's Rights Council (CRC) is a national non-profit organization that works to assure children meaningful and continuing interactions with both their parents and extended family regardless of the parents' marital status. CRC is genderless and does not advocate for men or for women, but for the best interests of children. CRC has chapters in most of the United States.

Review Date: Friday, September 09, 2011

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CODA: Children of Deaf Adults

C.O.D.A. – Children of Deaf Adults, Inc., is a non-profit organization that focuses on hearing children of deaf adults. The organization began in 1983 and has grown to include people from many different countries and very different family and extended family situations. C.O.D.A. addresses bicultural identity through conferences, support groups, and resource development.

Review Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children and Families

The Dougy Center is a local support group where children, teens, and their families who are grieving a death can share experiences as they move through the healing process. Individuals and organizations seeking to assist children and teens in grief can receive support and training nationally and internationally through the Center's affiliate, the National Center for Grieving Children and Families.

Review Date: Tuesday, 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: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Genetic Alliance

Genetic Alliance is a nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families, and communities. Genetic Alliance’s network includes more than 1,000 disease-specific advocacy organizations, as well as thousands of universities, private companies, government agencies, and public policy organizations.

Review Date: Monday, October 24, 2011

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Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

The Health Policy Institute, based at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, is a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff dedicated to conducting research on key issues in health policy and health services research. Institute members are engaged in a wide diversity of projects, focusing on issues relating to health care financing, the uninsured, federal health insurance reforms, quality of care and outcomes research, mental health services research, and the impact of changes in the health care market on providers and patients.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Helpguide is a project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and WISE & Healthy Aging. Helpguide’s mission is to empower you and your loved ones to understand, prevent, and resolve health challenges. Helpguide’s purpose is the advancement of education regarding mental and physical wellness.

Review Date: Friday, January 27, 2012

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Institute for Family-Centered Care

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care advances the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. In partnership with patients, families, and health care professionals, the Institute seeks to integrate these concepts into all aspects of health care. The Institute accomplishes its mission through education, consultation, and technical assistance; materials development and information dissemination; research; and strategic partnerships. The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care is a non-profit organization founded in 1992.

Review Date: Friday, May 27, 2011

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Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) is an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence - including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC's mission is to enhance society's understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community. Within this context, IDVAAC works with African-American communities, including families, individuals, and organizations serving the target population; legal and criminal justice systems; family and community violence practitioners; researchers; and policymakers around efforts to build the knowledge base regarding African Americans and domestic violence and to develop strategies to meet the service needs of this population.

Review Date: Friday, May 27, 2011

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National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families.

Review Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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National Center for Children Exposed to Violence

The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) works to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities, and society. NCCEV is a resource center for anyone seeking information about the effects of violence on children and the initiatives designed to address this problem. It is also a provider of training, technical assistance, and consultation to a variety of collaborative community programs across the country. NCCEV is supported by grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the US Department of Education.

Review Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence

NCCAFV is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation serving all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCCAFV's commitment is to intergenerational family violence prevention -- of child abuse, domestic violence (spouse/partner abuse) and elder abuse. NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.

Review Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011

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National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice

The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice has had a home at The University of Iowa for more than thirty years. Beginning as a small training project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Center was one of the first organizations in the country to promote home-based, family centered services, later known as "family preservation." Over the years we have expanded in scope to work in many different service systems and to provide a range of services including training and technical assistance, research and evaluation, and information dissemination.

Review Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

Zero to Three's urgent mission is to advance the healthy development of America's babies and young children. Zero to Three is a leading resource on the first three years of life and works to strengthen the critical roles of professionals, policymakers and parents in giving all children the best possible start. They focus on the first three years of life because this is the time of greatest human growth and development. It is also the time when caring adults have the greatest opportunity to shape a child's future.

Review Date: Monday, April 11, 2011

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