Consumer Health Education

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: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Educational Resources Information Center, U.S. Department of Education

The ERIC database uses the latest search and retrieval methods to cull education literature and give high-quality access to educators, researchers, and the general public.

Review Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

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Federal Citizen Information Center

For more than 40 years, the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. FCIC, part of the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, has traditionally provided publications to consumers via the publications distribution center in Pueblo, Colorado. The website was where consumers could go to find information and order publications on a variety of topics from the federal government. replaces the former The new site provides better navigation; search; shopping experience; and now some of your favorite publications in popular e-reader formats. Additionally, we will use social media channels to keep you informed of new publications.

Review Date: Saturday, November 03, 2012

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National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. Using a database that contains descriptions of health-related organizations, NHIC staff refer people to the most appropriate resource. Spanish language information specialists are available.

Review Date: Thursday, July 14, 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: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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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: Monday, August 08, 2011

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Affordable Colleges Online

Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) creates in-depth resources that address topics, questions and concerns related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. ACO's resources include comprehensive guidebooks, student interviews, user-friendly search tools, federal datasets and other materials created and vetted by experts in their fields.

Review Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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American Association of Diabetes Educators

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) was founded as a multidisciplinary organization working to foster communication and cooperation among individuals and organizations involved in diabetes education, both nationally and internationally. The Association sponsors an annual meeting and education program, as well as regional meetings through chapter networks. A certification program for diabetes educators is conducted through a separately established National Certification Board. Individuals with Diabetes should contact the (800) TEAM UP 4 for a referral to a Diabetes educator in their area.

Review Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015

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American Library Association

This association represents all types of libraries: public, school, academic, state, and special libraries serving government, commerce, the armed services, hospitals, prisons and other institutions. Its 57,000 members are primarily librarians and library staff, but also trustees, authors, publishers and others who share its commitment to ensuring free and open access to information. The mission of the ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Review Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History presents historical artifacts and Museum exhibitions, as well as photo and film collections, and scientific publications for viewing and purchase by the general public. The museum maintains a Web site where users can find details about the museum's services, volunteer programs, grants & fellowship programs and more.

Review Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

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American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is committed to to reducing disability and death from stroke through research, education, fund raising and advocacy. A Division of American Heart Association, the agency offers a wide array of programs, products and services, from patient education materials to current scientific statements and reports for healthcare professionals. Life after stroke, resources and access to support groups throughout the nation for survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals are available through the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Family Support Network. You can access this information by calling 1-888-4-STROKE and ask for the Stroke Family Support Network..

Review Date: Wednesday, December 10, 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: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Center for the Advancement of Health

The Center for the Advancement of Health is an independent nonprofit organization funded by foundations to promote greater recognition of how psychological, social, behavioral, economic and environmental factors influence health and illness. The Center advocates the highest quality research and communicates it to the health care community and the public. The fundamental aim of the Center is to translate into policy and practice the growing body of evidence that can lead to improving and maintaining the health of individuals and the public.

Review Date: Monday, February 09, 2009

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Described and Captioned Media Program

The mission of the DCMP is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media. The ultimate goal of the DCMP is for accessible media to be an integral tool in the teaching and learning process for all stakeholders in the educational community, including students, educators and other school personnel, parents, service providers, businesses, and agencies. The DCMP supports the U.S. Department of Education Strategic Plan by committing to the following goals: 1) Ensuring that all students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind have the opportunity to achieve the standards of academic excellence. 2) Advocating for equal access to educational media as well as the establishment and maintenance of quality standards for captioning and description by service providers. 3) Providing a collection of free-loan described and captioned educational media. 4) Furnishing a clearinghouse of information and research about accessible media. 5) Acting as a gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility. 6) Exploring and adapting new media and technologies that assist students in obtaining and using available information. The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by the National Association of the Deaf.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Healthy Roads Media

Healthy Roads Media maintains on-line materials in print (audio, web-video, mobile video) in 25 languages and on hundreds of topics.

Review Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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PlaneTree Health Information Center

PlaneTree Health Information Centers provide in-depth health and medical information services, individualized to the specific needs of each patron. Most PlaneTree services are offered free of charge and are open to the public. PlaneTree Health Information Centers are located in hospitals, public libraries, and in freestanding facilities throughout the United States. Some Planetree Health Resource Centers offer a medical research service to their local communities. They will prepare (typically for a fee) a literature search or information packet on specific topics, selecting from medical library materials, databases, and Internet resources. For inquires about Planetree services, programs, products, and consultation, contact the national administrative office by phone at 203-732-7500.

Review Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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The Queen's Medical Center, Hawaii Medical Library.

The Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) is a community service project of the Hawaii Medical Library. CHIS is available throughout Hawaii, reaching all communities through a service partnership with the Hawaii State Public Library System and with school libraries. The purpose of CHIS is to assist individuals in locating information to enable informed decisions about one's health care or lifestyle.

Review Date: Monday, May 04, 2009

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