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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: July 14, 2011

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Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is to provide leadership for disease prevention and health promotion among Americans. ODPHP undertakes this mandate through the formulation of national health goals and objectives; the coordination of the Department of Health and Human Services activities in disease prevention, health promotion, preventive health services, and health information and education with respect to the appropriate use of health care; and the stimulation of public and private programs and strategies to enhance the health of the Nation. ODPHP is organized around four areas: prevention policy, clinical preventive services, nutrition policy, health communication, and Telehealth. ODPHP's Prevention Policy oversaw the development of HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000, the national prevention agenda, and manages the process by which progress is monitored. ODPHP's Clinical Preventive Services staff promote the appropriate use of immunizations, screening tests, patient counseling, and other prevention activities in clinical settings. The staff coordinate the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and its development of age- and sex-specific guidelines for preventive services. ODPHP acts as a catalyst for activities that strengthen the Department's capabilities and national leadership in nutrition research, nutrition monitoring, nutrition services and training, nutrition education, food safety and quality, and international nutrition. ODPHP promotes improved access to health information through coordination of Federal health information resources and partnerships with local channels, such as libraries. ODPHP manages the Federal gateway to consumer health information on the Internet, healthfinder (www.healthfinder.gov). ODPHP also operates the National Health Information Center (NHIC). The Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health (SciPICH) is promoting the evaluation of effective communication technology for health information and education.

Review Date: August 31, 2011

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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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: February 26, 2013

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DeafMD.org Foundation

The DeafMD.org Foundation was established to help create crucial health education materials in American Sign Language (ASL) for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. DeafMD.org is an innovative Web site providing accurate, concise, and valuable health information in American Sign Language to the Deaf & Hard of Hearing population. Using health information created by two trustworthy and unbiased government sources—the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, DeafMD's team of healthcare providers, linguists, and educators translates this complex information into ASL.

Review Date: July 23, 2010

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NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

The Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) is responsible for communicating information on NIH programs and activities to the public, the media, the scientific and medical communities, and public advocacy groups. OCPL leads the effort to communicate information about NIH programs, issues and accomplishments to the public, the media, public interest groups, and the scientific and medical communities. OCPL manages the principal Web site for NIH and produces a variety of original communication products tailored for different external audiences. OCPL also coordinates the NIH "Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative," an example of a trans-agency program that offers materials and resources for professionals to use in reaching individuals with literacy challenges or those with disabilities and disorders that serve to create obstacles to communication.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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Partnership for Clear Health Communication

The Partnership for Clear Health Communication (PCHC) was founded in the fall of 2002 by a Steering Committee of 19 organizations and individuals working closely with health literacy experts. PCHC is a national, non-profit 501(c)3 coalition that serves as an information source regarding the scope and impact of health literacy in the U.S., as well as what providers and patients can do to improve health communication in every provider-patient interaction. Their mission is to build awareness and advance solutions to improve health literacy and positively impact health outcomes.

Review Date: January 30, 2013

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World Education

Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, World Education provides training and technical assistance in non-formal education across a wide array of sectors. Registered as a private voluntary organization, World Education has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in the United States.

Review Date: November 18, 2008

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