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Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is the focal point for issues related to women’s and men’s reproductive concerns. The Division's mission is to promote optimal reproductive, maternal, and infant health and quality of life by influencing public policy, health care practice, community practices, and individual behaviors through scientific and programmatic expertise, leadership, and support. Activities and programs provide support to organizations and institutions, as well as providers and consumers, across the U.S. and around the world.

Review Date: July 19, 2011

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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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Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 566 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. Health services provided include medical, dental, and environmental health programs. Special program concentrations are in disease prevention and health promotion, alcoholism, substance abuse, suicide, accidents, maternal and child health, nutrition, and public health services.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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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: August 03, 2011

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Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center (MCHIRC) is dedicated to the goal of helping MCH practitioners on the Federal, State, and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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Maternal and Child Health Library

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library is a virtual guide to MCH information for health professionals, policymakers, family advocates, community service professionals, MCH/public health faculty and students, families, and the public. The MCH Library publishes the MCH Alert; produces databases; develops knowledge paths, family resource briefs, bibliographies, and other information resources; maintains this Web site to provide access to key MCH-related data and information; and promotes the awareness and use of MCH information.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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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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National SUID/SIDS Resource Center

The National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death Resource Center (Resource Center) serves as a central source of information on sudden infant death and on promoting healthy outcomes for infants from the prenatal period through the first year of life and beyond. The Resource Center provides electronic, full-text access to a wide variety of publications, both those published by the Resource Center and those published by a wide variety of other organizations and agencies with expertise in SIDS, other infant or child death, pregnancy loss, bereavement and related topics.

Review Date: August 30, 2012

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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: July 26, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NICHD

The NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 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 answer your calls Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

NIDA's mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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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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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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Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. AMCHP's members directly serve women and children nationwide, and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, by administering critical public health education and screening services, and coordinating preventive, primary and specialty care. AMCHP's membership includes academic, advocacy and community based family health professionals, as well as families themselves.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

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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: December 16, 2008

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Colorado Department of Human Services

Colorado Department of Human Services consists of over 7,500 county or state employees dedicated to providing human services to Colorado residents. It provides services through 63 county or district departments of social services, 2 State Maternal Health Institutes, 10 Youth Corrections Facilities, 5 Nursing Homes, 28 Vocational Rehabilitation Offices, 3 regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities, and numerous community-based public and private providers. In addition CDHS contracts with several agencies to provide human services. CDHS also administers and provides oversight for a variety of federally funded programs. The Department has five goals, or desired outcomes, for the individuals and families who receive services. they are: economic self-sufficiency; family and community connections; health and rehabilitation; independent living; and safety.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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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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Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. Foundation-supported research efforts around the world seek to improve the prevention, care, and treatment of pediatric HIV infection, train international research leaders to respond to the virus in children, and pursue the development of a pediatric HIV vaccine. The Foundation works with partners to provide accessible prevention, care, and treatment services for children, women, and families; researching and identifying better technologies and interventions for those in need; and documenting models that can be replicated throughout the world. The foundation is a global nonprofit organization with a global staff of nearly 1,300, more than 90 percent of whom are in the field.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

The mission of The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction). FAAN is the world’s largest nonprofit organization providing patients information about food allergy and educational resources to schools, health professionals, restaurants, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials.

Review Date: March 10, 2009

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International Cesarean Awareness Network

The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), founded in 1982, is a network of people concerned about the incidence of cesarean birth. It aims to reduce the rate of cesarean deliveries, to provide a forum for discussion, and to provide a support network for women recovering from cesarean deliveries. ICAN provides current information on cesarean prevention and vaginal birth after cesarean. Chapters are active across the United States and overseas. ICAN has developed an educational program on cesarean prevention and vaginal birth after cesarean. ICAN is supported by membership dues and contributions.

Review Date: June 07, 2011

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International Childbirth Education Association

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) as a professional organization supports educators and other health care providers who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care. ICEA is a nonprofit organization.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

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International Lactation Consultant Association

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA membership is open to all who support and promote breastfeeding; you can join at anytime and do not need to be an IBCLC to become a member. The ILCA’s mission is to advance the profession of lactation consulting worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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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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Lamaze International

Lamaze International, formerly ASPO/Lamaze, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and protect normal birth through education and advocacy. Since 1960, Lamaze International has provided the most comprehensive and respected education program for Lamaze teachers available. Lamaze's membership is comprised of 4,000 childbirth educators, health care providers, and parents. More than 10,000 professionals have earned the LCCE credential, and a significant portion of childbirth education classes are taught by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators. Among its many services, Lamaze operates the Lamaze Media Center, which offers a wide selection of books, videotapes, audiotapes, and specialty products related to pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. Lamaze has also established the Lamaze Approved Provider Program, whereby hospitals, birth centers, group practices and other institutional providers are recognized for meeting Lamaze standards and offering excellence in childbirth education.

Review Date: October 21, 2010

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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 Association of Mothers' Centers

Since 1975 Mothers' Centers have been providing community-based discussion groups that provide a chance to meet, connect to, support and learn from other mothers. The National Association of Mothers' Centers (NAMC), a national non-profit, has vast experience working with mothers and families in identifying and addressing the issues that most affect their lives. Mothers' Centers are self sustaining, non-profit groups and help keep the program going through cooperative responsibility. The NAMC advocates in the areas of work/life and the economic impact of care giving.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

This organization provides an innovative forum for collaborative partnerships of public and private organizations, employers, policymakers and consumers to promote and improve culturally and linguistically appropriate, community based services that foster healthy mothers, healthy babies and healthy families. From its inception, HMHB has focused attention on raising public awareness of the basic components of prenatal care--early care, good nutrition, avoidance of drugs--including not drinking and not smoking, and promotion of breastfeeding.

Review Date: February 02, 2011

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National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) community. Founded in 1990, NOFAS is the only international non-profit organization committed solely to FASD primary prevention, advocacy and support. NOFAS seeks to create a global community free of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and a society supportive of individuals already living with FASD. NOFAS effectively increases public awareness and mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities and represents the interests of persons with FASD and their caregivers as the liaison to researchers and policymakers. By ensuring that FASD is broadly recognized as a developmental disability, NOFAS strives to reduce the stigma and improve the quality of life for affected individuals and families.

Review Date: May 10, 2011

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National Perinatal Association

The National Perinatal Association (NPA) is a multidisciplinary group concerned with perinatal health issues from preconception through infancy. Our members foster optimal perinatal health and quality health care by promoting education, supporting research, and influencing national priorities. NPA sponsors an annual clinical conference, serves as an education and legislative resource center, and facilitates the education of health care professionals. As a coordinating body, NPA encourages the development of new perinatal organizations and promotes communication among existing groups.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), was formerly known as the International Sanitary Bureau. It is composed of 35 member governments in the Americas and three European governments. PAHO, in its centennial year of existence, serves the health needs of the population of the Americas. The Organization continuously strives to address the health problems and inequities of the Americas, so that all citizens of the Region may lead socially and economically productive lives. PAHO's website provides general information about both itself and WHO, answers inquiries, and provides information on a variety of international health subjects in English and in Spanish.

Review Date: July 01, 2008

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Spina Bifida Association of America

The mission of the Spina Bifida Association of America is to promote the prevention of spina bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected. The Association was founded in 1973 to address the specific needs of the spina bifida community and serves as the national representative of almost 60 chapters. SBAA's efforts benefit thousands of infants, children, adults, parents and professionals each year.

Review Date: May 13, 2010

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Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders

Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders (SOFT) is a network of families and professionals dedicated to providing support and understanding to families involved in the issues and decisions surrounding the diagnosis and care in trisomy 18, 13, and related chromosomal disorders. Support is provided during prenatal diagnosis, the child's life and after the child's passing. SOFT is committed to respect a family's personal decision in alliance with a parent-professional partnership. Annual Conference with free medical clinics.

Review Date: July 21, 2010

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