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Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensures that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged as required by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, The Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act. FSIS inspects all meat, poultry and egg products sold in interstate and foreign commerce, including imports. FSIS also inspects products during processing, handling, and packaging to ensure that they are safe and truthfully labeled. Through the Agency's Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-888-674-6854) and consumer education programs, the public is informed on how to properly handle, prepare, and store meat, poultry, and egg products to minimize the growth of foodborne pathogens.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established in 1966. Its highest priority is to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes, improve highway safety by promoting both safer vehicles and safer driving practices, sets and enforces Federal safety standards for all new motor vehicles, investigates alleged safety defects and orders recalls where necessary, and conducts extensive research on improving vehicle safety. The NHTSA provides financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, awards grants to states for highway safety and to help combat drunk driving, works closely with private organizations to promote a broad range of driver and traffic safety programs, including programs to combat drunk driving, encourages use of safety belts and child safety seats, improve emergency medical services, driver licensing, traffic recordkeeping and traffic law enforcement, investigates odometer fraud, sets bumper, fuel economy and vehicle theft standards and develops crashworthiness of new cars. The NHTSA maintains a toll-free hotline for consumer complaints on auto safety, reporting alleged defects, requests for auto safety recall information, and consumer publications on traffic and highway safety.

Review Date: December 09, 2010

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Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General's (OIG) mission is to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries. OIG is the largest inspector general's office in the Federal Government, with more than 1,700 employees dedicated to combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving the efficiency of HHS programs. A majority of OIG's resources goes toward the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid — programs that represent a significant part of the Federal budget and that affect this country's most vulnerable citizens. The OIG Hotline accepts tips from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in Department of Health & Human Services' programs. OIG's oversight extends to programs under other HHS institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Review Date: August 17, 2011

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment--air, water, and land--upon which life depends. Through the work of its many projects and programs the EPA's purpose is to ensure that: all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work; national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information; federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively; environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; all parts of society--communities, individuals, business, state and local governments, tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks; environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

Review Date: December 28, 2010

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American Society for Deaf Children

The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) was founded in 1967 as a parent-helping-parent organization. Today, ASDC is a national, independent non-profit organization whose purpose is providing support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing. ASDC supplies the information and support families request to ensure that their decisions and actions are based on up-to-date and accurate knowledge.

Review Date: January 02, 2009

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Boys Town

Founded by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917, Boys Town is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that offers children and families services in their own homes as well as outside services to children with special treatment needs. Boys Town works with communities and schools in order to meet the growing and more diverse needs of today’s children and families. The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24/7 and offers teens, parents, and families help with depression, stress, peer pressure, suicidal thoughts, parenting problems, runaways, relationship issues, abuse, and much more. The Hotline also offers online support through YourLifeYourVoice.org, a web site tailored to specific needs of teens, and Parenting.org, which provides support and advice to parents.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

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First Candle/SIDS Alliance

First Candle/SIDS Alliance is a leading national nonprofit health organization dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. With programs of research, advocacy and education, our priority is to eliminate stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID). We also provide compassionate grief support, to anyone affected by the death of a baby, through a dedicated crisis hotline at 1-800.221.7437.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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Immune Deficiency Foundation

The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is a nonprofit, national, voluntary, health organization dedicated to promoting and supporting research into the causes, prevention, treatment, and cure of primary immunodeficiency diseases; gathering and disseminating information concerning research and treatment of these diseases; increasing public awareness; and establishing chapters in each State. Primary Immunodeficiency diseases (ranging in prevalence from 1 in 500 individuals to 30 to 50 cases yearly in the U.S.) are a group of diseases which occur when part of the body's immune system components is missing or does not function properly. This organization is supported by grants and donations from concerned individuals and groups.

Review Date: March 11, 2009

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International Myeloma Foundation

The International Myeloma Foundation, (IMF), founded in 1990, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for multiple myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure. IMF disseminates information regarding the latest in treatment and management for multiple myeloma. IMF provides many services including a toll-free hotline, a web site, sponsoring patient and family seminars, clinical conferences and funding myeloma research.

Review Date: December 04, 2008

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Kristin Brooks Hope Center

The Kristin Brooks Hope Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and healing: by providing a single point of entry to community-based crisis services through innovative telephony and internet based technologies; by bringing national attention and access to services for postpartum depression and other women's mood disorders; through education and advocacy; through formal research and evaluation of crisis line services; and, by championing the need for national funding for community-based suicide prevention crisis services.

Review Date: February 03, 2010

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Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of lung cancer patients, survivors, families, and caregivers. Their mission is to lead the movement to reverse decades of stigma and neglect by empowering those with or at risk for the disease, elevating awareness and changing health policy. Programs include the Lung Cancer Hotline, a toll-free informational service for lung cancer patients and their caregivers; "Phone Buddies," a peer-to-peer support service; “LCA Survivors Community”, an online support community; “Lung Cancer Alliance Clinical Trials Matching Service”; "Lung Cancer Awareness Month," a national education and advocacy campaign; "Spirit and Breath," newsletter, and "Advocacy Alerts," to keep advocates informed.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States

The Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to increase education and awareness of Malignant Hyperthermia and therefore, eliminate deaths and disabilities. Malignant hyperthermia is a syndrome triggered in susceptible persons by certain general anesthetics. Its symptoms include muscle rigidity, fever, and increased body metabolism. MHAUS offers a number of services of interest to professionals and patients alike including: a 24-hour hotline, information on treatment protocol, educational booklets, and other materials for educational purposes.

Review Date: June 18, 2010

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Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, MRC has helped people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality care they deserve.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) functions to ensure that no financially needy patient is denied access to essential distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment or care for lack of a means of long-distance medical air or ground transportation. MMA provides a means of charitable or charitably-assisted long-distance patient (and escort) transportation via private aircraft, commercial airlines, fixed-wing long-distance air ambulance and ground transport.

Review Date: April 29, 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: May 24, 2011

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National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc.

The NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Their mission is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education. As an advocate for problem gamblers, NCPG does not take a position for or against legalized gambling, but concentrates on the goal of helping those with gambling problems. Their 34-year history of independence and neutrality makes the National Council the most credible voice on problem gambling issues. They do not accept any restrictions on the use of contributions except as provided under Federal and state non-profit guidelines.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public. The Hotline serves as the only domestic violence hotline in the nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advocates receive approximately 23,500 calls each month. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services, with a TTY line available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The staff at The Hotline is also available to provide assistance and guidance in a variety of areas including media, public relations, fundraising, public policy, legal advocacy and public education and training.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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National Lymphedema Network, Inc.

The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.

Review Date: January 12, 2011

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National Runaway Safeline

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, has handled more than three million calls in its over 35-year history and handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 10,000 youth have been reunited with their families through NRS’ Home Free program operated in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline number is 1-800-RUNAWAY.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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Project Inform

Project Inform represents HIV-positive people in the development of treatments and a cure, supports individuals to make informed choices about their HIV health, advocates for quality health care to respond to HIV and related conditions, and promotes medical strategies that prevent new infections. Working at the local, state and national levels since 1985, Project Inform lends an independent voice to ensure a thoughtful, compassionate response to the epidemic by government, academia, industry and the community, and we empower all individuals living with HIV to make fully informed health decisions in order to build quality of life.

Review Date: February 09, 2011

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