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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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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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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: December 09, 2009

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Health On the Net Foundation

The Health On the Net Foundation (HON) promotes and guides the deployment of useful and reliable online health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. Created in 1995, HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. For 15 years, HON has focused on the essential question of the provision of health information to citizens, information that respects ethical standards. To cope with the unprecedented volume of healthcare information available on the Net, the HONcode of conduct offers a multi-stakeholder consensus on standards to protect citizens from misleading health information. HON is funded by the State of Geneva, several European projects, the French National Health Autority (HAS) and the Provisu foundation. HON is also supported by the Geneva Hospital since its inception.

Review Date: May 26, 2011

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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: February 19, 2013

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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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