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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: June 21, 2011

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC's Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. CDC is composed of the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Global Health, and five Offices, including Public Health Preparedness and Response; State and Local Support; Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services; Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health; and Infectious Diseases. CDC employs more than 15,000 employees in more than 50 countries and in 168 occupational categories.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

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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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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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NIH Office of Research on Women's Health

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) was established in September 1990 within the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a focal point for women's health research. ORWH (a) Promotes, stimulates, and supports efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research on the roles of sex (biological characteristics of being female or male) and gender (social influences based on sex) in health and disease; (b) Works in partnership with the NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community; (c) Advises the NIH Director and staff on matters relating to research on women's health; (d) Ensures that research conducted and supported by NIH adequately addresses issues regarding women's health; (e) Ensures that women are appropriately represented in biomedical and biobehavioral research studies supported by NIH; (f) Develops opportunities for and supports recruitment, retention, re-entry, and advancement of women in biomedical careers; and (g) supports research on women's health issues. ORWH works in partnership with the NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.

Review Date: August 01, 2011

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Office of Women's Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Office of Women's Health works to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life of women at every stage of life.

Review Date: February 16, 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: August 28, 2012

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Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office on Women's Health (OWH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), works to improve the health and sense of well-being of all U.S. women and girls. OWH serves as the focal point for women's health activities within HHS offices and agencies. OWH leads programs to improve women's health and collaborates across HHS and with other partners on women's health activities. OWH has a national office in Washington, DC. Ten Regional Women's Health Coordinators are located throughout the country to serve women and girls through local public health initiatives. The Office on Women's Health's (OWH) mission is to provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches. OWH achieves its mission and vision by developing innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.

Review Date: August 25, 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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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: August 08, 2011

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American College of Nurse-Midwives

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) establishes standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery, certifies nurse-midwives, and accredits nurse-midwifery education programs. ACNM holds an annual convention, publishes a variety of educational materials, and refers consumers to locally practicing nurse-midwives. ACNM also cooperates with allied groups to improve services for mothers and infants.

Review Date: September 16, 2010

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American Fertility Association

The American Fertility Association (The AFA), a 501 (c) (3) national non-profit organization is a lifetime resource for infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. These services include leading-edge educational outreach events, an extensive online library with HD videos, a daily blog, a resource directory available for download on mobile devices, telephone and in-person coaching, and a toll-free support line.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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American Medical Women's Association

The American Medical Women's Association empowers women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women. AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, and health care professionals. As the only multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women's health, AMWA functions at the local, national, and international level and provides and develops leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. Today and in the future as women in medicine increase in numbers and attain leadership positions, AMWA evolves to address new challenges and issues. For more information, please visit www.amwa-doc.org.

Review Date: February 14, 2010

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Center for Research on Women with Disabilities

The mission of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities. CROWD was established in 1993 in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, under the direction of Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D. Its formation was inspired by the outpouring of support from women with disabilities around the nation in response to the announcement of the team's first federally-funded study of women's issues.

Review Date: February 02, 2012

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Center for Women Policy Studies

The Center for Women Policy Studies, founded in 1972, works with state legislators in the USA and Members of Parliament worldwide on a range of women’s policy issues, including: women and HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights and health, international trafficking of women and girls into the USA and globally, access to college for low income women in the context of TANF, violence against women and girls, women’s health decision making.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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Foundation for Women's Cancer

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation was founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) in 1991. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) is to ensure public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment as well as supports research and training related to gynecologic cancers. GCF advances this mission by increasing public and private funds that aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals. All members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) are members of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF). They are financially separate although they jointly fund some projects. The SGO works primarily with physicians and other health professionals, whereas the GCF's efforts are directed toward the public. They are viewed as complementary organizations.

Review Date: May 04, 2009

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Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health (JIWH) is a nonprofit organization working to improve health care for women through research, dialogue, and information dissemination. The mission of JIWH is to:1) Identify and study women's health care issues involving the interaction of medical and social systems, 2) Facilitate informed dialogue and foster awareness among consumers and providers alike, and 3) Promote problem resolution, interdisciplinary coordination and information dissemination at the regional, national and international levels. The Jacobs Institute works to continuously improve the health care of women across their lifespan and in all populations. The Jacobs Institute promotes environments where an interdisciplinary audience, including health care professionals, researchers, policymakers, consumers, and advocates come together to discuss ways to advance women's health.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Mayo Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation with a mission to provide the highest quality, compassionate care at a reasonable cost through a physician-led team of diverse people working together in clinical practice, education and research in a unified multi-campus system. More than 400,000 patients a year come to its outpatient clinics and hospitals in three states -- Minnesota (Rochester), Florida (Jacksonville), and Arizona (Scottsdale).

Review Date: November 02, 2010

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National Indian Women's Health Resource Center

The National Indian Women's Health Resource Center (NIWHRC), is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization whose mission is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native women in achieving and maintaining optimal health and cultural well-being for themselves, their families and their communities. The NIWHRC's goal is the establishment of a national Indian women's health network that promotes advocacy, education, policy, development, appropriate research, and encouragement of healthy lifestyle behaviors within cultural context.

Review Date: February 09, 2011

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National Uterine Fibroids Foundation

The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to the following five goals: (1)To provide information to the public about the diagnosis of, and treatment options for, uterine fibroids and related conditions, and the right to receive, and the nature of, informed consent from medical providers for the treatment of uterine fibroids and related medical conditions affecting women's reproductive systems (2)To advocate for the rights of all women to maintain independent choice in the matter of deciding upon treatment options for uterine fibroids and related medical conditions affecting women's reproductive systems (3)To facilitate research studies (4)To promote alternatives to hysterectomy in an effort to thereby reduce the number of unnecessary hysterectomies performed on women with gynecological problems each year in the United States (5)To provide support to internet-developed women's health groups that provide services to women recovering from treatment choices that resulted in a negative outcome and/or reduced Quality of Life related to uterine fibroids and/or other conditions of their reproductive systems.

Review Date: May 23, 2011

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National Women's Health Network

The National Women's Health Network shapes policy and consumer health decisions and options by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues. NWHN monitors the actions of federal regulatory and funding agencies, industry and the health professions, identifies and exposes abuses, and catalyzes grassroots action to make change.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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North American Menopause Society

Founded in 1989, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of women through an understanding of menopause. Its multidisciplinary membership of 2,000 leaders in the field – including clinical and basic science experts from medicine, nursing, sociology, psychology, nutrition, anthropology, epidemiology, pharmacy, and education – allows NAMS to be uniquely qualified to provide information that is both accurate and unbiased, not for or against any point of view.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

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Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Review Date: April 07, 2011

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OWL - The Voice of Midlife and Older Women

The Older Women's League (OWL), founded in 1980, educates the public on issues affecting midlife and older women. Nationally, and through its local chapters, OWL educates and advocates on the issues of economic security, health reform, quality of life, and mental health care for older women. OWL is the only national membership organization to focus exclusively on critical issues facing women as they age.

Review Date: May 11, 2011

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Sight and Hearing Association

The Sight and Hearing Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling lifetime learning by identifying preventable loss of vision and hearing through the development of effective screening, education, and research programs. Projects include a mobile childhood vision and hearing screening program, which helps detect vision and hearing problems from infancy through high school. In addition, the organization participates in community and corporate health events that focus on adult vision and hearing issues.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Society for Women's Health Research

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and is dedicated to improving women’s health through advocacy, education, and research. SWHR advocates for greater public and private funding for women’s health research and the study of sex differences that: affects the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; encourages the appropriate inclusion of women and minorities in medical research studies; promotes the analysis of research data for sex and ethnic differences; and informs women, health care providers, and policy makers about contemporary women’s health issues through media outreach, congressional briefings, public education campaigns, conferences and special events.

Review Date: April 24, 2012

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The LAM Foundation

The LAM Foundation provides support, education, and hope to women with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a progressive, debilitating lung disease. Our goals are to organize, marshal the forces of the scientific community, raise LAM from obscurity, and conquer it in a decade. The Foundation holds an annual research conference in Cincinnati for physicians, scientists and patients. Research pilot projects are funded at $10,000-$25,000 and three-year fellowships are funded from $35,000-$50,000 each year.

Review Date: November 04, 2010

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Women's Heart Foundation

The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for women with heart disease. The goals of WHF are to (1) provide for the education of women as consumers concerning heart disease as it affects them economically, culturally, physiologically, psychologically and spiritually; (2) provide for the education of health professionals concerning the unique needs of women with heart disease; (3) advocate for research into the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and outcome of heart disease as it affects women, particularly minority women; and (4) support women as caregivers. WHF responds to the health crisis of women's heart disease by designing and implementing various wellness programs such as the Women's Heart Week. This outreach effort raises awareness about heart disease in women and promotes prevention, education, symptoms awareness, and early intervention.

Review Date: April 06, 2011

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Women's Sports Foundation

Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is a national charitable educational organization seeking to advance the well-being and leadership skills of girls and women through sports and physical activity. The Foundation's Participation, Education, Advocacy, Research and Leadership programs are made possible by gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. Interested parties can contact the Foundation for information about its Speaker Service, Community Action Programs, grants and scholarships or membership via the Internet or Women’s Sports Infoline. The Foundation’s GoGirlGo! works across the country to improve the health of sedentary girls and to keep girls involved in physical activity.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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