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"The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a subagency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, produces much of the federal government's output related to health information. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the central organization responsible for its collection, organization, and dissemination" (Fundamentals of Government Information p. 211).

Print/Electronic Resources:

     ♦ Health, United States: GOV DOCS HE 20.7042/6: National Center for Health Statistics
     ♦ Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
     ♦ Public Health Reports: U.S. Surgeon General & U.S. Public Health Service (1878-present)
     ♦ Vital & Health Statistics Series: National Center for Health Statistics
     ♦ Healthy People: National Center for Health Statistics
     ♦ Statistical Abstract: Census Bureau (1878-2012) - Now ProQuest database

Articles & Databases:

     ♦ PubMed: 27 million + citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals & online books
     ♦ National Library of Medicine Catalog: NLM bibliographic data for journals, books, audiovisuals, computer software,
       electronic resources and other materials
     ♦ National Technical Information Service: Many health-related reports

YSU Database: Use name & YSU id# for off campus authentication.

     ♦ PubMed

Consumer Health Information:

     ♦ MedlinePlus: Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues
     ♦ Information & tools to help you stay healthy

Research Findings:

     ♦ Results database of publicly & privately supported clinical studies of human participants
     ♦ PubMed Health: Summaries & full text of relevant research reports


     ♦ FastStats - Statistics by Topic: Quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance
     ♦ CDC Wonder: Access to a wide array of public health information & data
     ♦ Health Services Research Information Central: Data, Tools & Statistics: Comprehensive listing of health statistics sites

Public Health / Environmental Health:

     ♦ Public Health Partners: Collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations & health sciences libraries
     ♦ Environmental Protection Agency: Includes health-related publications & data
     ♦ TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network): Search databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health & toxic

Information taken from Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources, 2nd Edition, Cassandra J. Hartnett / Andrew L. Sevetson / Eric J. Forte


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services LogoDepartment of Health & Human Services :It is the mission of HHS to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. HHS fulfills that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

HHS Agencies: (=Link to agency organizational chart)

Administration for Children & Families Administration for Community Living Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry Centers for Disease Control & Prevention : Subagency National Center for Health Statistics Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services *Food & Drug Administration Health Resources & Services Administration *Indian Health Service National Institutes of Health : Subagency National Library of MedicineOffice of Inspector GeneralSubstance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

HIPAA & Your Health Rights: Health Information Privacy; Civil Rights; Environmental Justice.
Health Insurance: Health Insurance Marketplace; Affordable Care Act; Medicare; Medicaid; CHIP - Children's Health Insurance
Mental Health & Addiction Insurance Help.
Social Services: TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Head
; Child Support Enforcement; Paying for Child Care; Foster Care; Adoption; Home Visiting; Home Energy Assistance
; Programs for Persons with Disabilities; Programs for Seniors; Homelessness; Supporting Military Families;
Prevention & Wellness: Vaccines & Immunizations; Nutrition & Fitness; Health Screenings; Mental Health & Substance Abuse;
   Family Health History; The Environment & Your Health; Healthy Lifestyle.
Providers & Facilities: Health Care Providers & Facilities; Resources for Caregivers.
Public Health & Safety: Food Safety; Drug Safety; Medical Device Safety; Safety from Violence & Abuse.
Emergency Preparedness & Response: Public Health Emergency.
Research: Poverty Guidelines; Human Subjects Research Protection; Health Data Community; Research at HHS Operating
Featured Topic Websites
Education & Training Opportunities
Complaints & Appeals

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Administration for Children & Families IconAdministration for Children & Families : ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with funding, strategic partnerships, guidance, training and technical assistance.

Children & Youth
Financial Security
Global Populations
Hispanic Outreach
Human Trafficking
Native American/Tribes
Two-Generation Approach
Unaccompanied Children


Administration for Community Living IconAdministration for Community Living : Mission: Maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers. The ACL was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people with disabilities of all ages should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

AGID: AGing Integrated Database: Online query system based on ACL-related data files and surveys; includes population
   characteristics from the Census Bureau for comparison purposes.
Eldercare Locator
National Center on Elder Abuse

Data & Research on Older Adults


Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality LogoAgency for Healthcare Research & Quality : AHRQ mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the Department of Health & Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

AHRQ Impact Case Studies
AHRQ Research Studies
Data Infographics
Data Sources Available from AHRQ
EPC Evidence-Based Reports
Fact Sheets
Full Research Reports
HCUP Statistical Briefs: Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project
MEPS Statistical Briefs: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
National Guideline Clearinghouse: Summaries of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports
Research in Progress
State Snapshots
Technology Assessment Program
Topics A-Z
U.S. Health Information Knowledgebase: Metadata registry of healthcare-related data standards funded and directed by the AHRQ.


Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry LogoAgency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry : ATSDR protects communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. They do this by responding to environmental health emergencies; investigating emerging environmental health threats; conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites; and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners.

ATSDR Tox Substances Portal
Case Studies in Environmental Medicine
Data Resources
Emergency Response
Fact Sheets
National Toxic Substance Incidents Program
Public Health Assessments & Health Consultations: By state or U.S. territory and by ATSDR regions where they originated.
The Social Vulnerability Index
soilSHOP Toolkit: Soil Screening, Health, Outreach and Partnership
Toxicological Profiles: Information about contaminants found at hazardous waste sites.
ToxZine: Summary of health effects, exposure, and recommendations in an easy-to-read magazine format.


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention LogoCenters for Disease Control & Prevention : As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish this mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects the nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

Center, Institute & Offices: CDC Washington Office Center for Global Health National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health Office for State, Tribal, Local & Territorial Support Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Office of Infectious Diseases (National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases | National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention | National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases) ♦ Office of Minority Health & Health Equity ♦ Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury & Environmental Health (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion | National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry | National Center for Injury Prevention & Control | National Center on Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities) ♦ Office of Public Health Preparedness & ResponseOffice of Public Health Scientific Services (Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology & Laboratory Services | National Center for Health Statistics)

Diseases & Conditions
Healthy Living
Travelers' Health

Emergency Preparedness & Response
Data & Statistics

CDC Stacks: Publications: Digital library of public health information.

CDC Vital Signs: Monthly report includes MMWR Early Release, graphic fact sheet and website, media release, and social media tools.

CDC Wonder: Provides access to a wide array of public health information.

Chronic Disease & Health Promotion Data & Indicators: Chronic disease data, risk factor indicators and policy measures.

CHSI: Community Health Status Indicators: Produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

DHDS: Disability & Health Data System: Online source of state-level data on adults with disabilities.

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Open access journal published monthly by the CDC.

Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report: CDC’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations.

National Environmental Public HealthTracking Network: System of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.

NCHHSTP AtlasPlus: Access data reported to CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Create maps, charts, and detailed reports, and analyze trends and patterns.

NIOSH: National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health: NIOSH Data & Statistics Gateway.

NPCR: National Program of Cancer Registries: Collects data on cancer occurrence (including the type, extent, and location of the cancer), the type of initial treatment, and outcomes.

Preventing Chronic Disease: Peer-reviewed electronic journal which promotes the open exchange of information to improve the health of the public through chronic disease prevention.

PHIL: Public Health Image Library: Organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures.

Science Clips: Produced weekly to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge for the public health community.

Sortable Risk Factors & Health Indicators: Interactive data set comprised of behavioral risk factors and health indicators.

Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library Collection: Information services and products in support of public health research, policy and action.

Surveillance Resource Center: Guidance developed by CDC and its partners for improving the practice of public health surveillance.

WISQARS: Web-based Injury Statistics Query & Reporting System: Interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources.


National Center for Health Statistics : Mission of NCHS is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.

Data Visualization Gallery
FastStats - Statistics by Topic
Health E-Stats
Health United States: Annual report on trends in health statistics.
Healthy People
Injury Data & Resources
Life Tables
National Death Index
National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey
National Health Care Surveys
National Health Interview Survey
National Health Statistics Reports
National Immunization Surveys
National Survey of Family Growth
National Vital Statistics Reports
National Vital Statistics System
Public Use Datafiles & Documentation
State & Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey
Vital & Health Statistics Series
Vital Statistics Data Available Online
Vital Statistics of the United States

Healthy People: Healthy People 2010: Final Review GOV DOCS HE 20.6202:P 39: Provides science-based, national goals and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of all people in the U.S.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services LogoCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services *: Administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Medicaid/CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program)
Medicare/Medicaid Coordination
Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight: Charged with helping implement many reforms of the Affordable Care Act.
   CCIIO oversees the implementation of the provisions related to private health insurance. In particular, CCIIO is working with states
   to establish new Health Insurance Marketplaces.
Research, Data, Statistics & Systems
CMS DataNavigator

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Food & Drug Administration LogoFood & Drug Administration : FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

FDA Organization: FDA Commissioner’s Page National Center for Toxicological Research Office of Foods & Veterinary Medicine (Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition | Center for Veterinary Medicine) Office of Global Regulatory Operations & Policy (Office of International Programs | Office of Regulatory Affairs) Office of Medical Products & Tobacco (Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research | Center for Devices & Radiological Health | Center for Drug Evaluation & Research | Center for Tobacco Products | Office of Special Medical Programs | Oncology Center of Excellence)

Medical Devices
Radiation-Emitting Products
Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
Animal & Veterinary
Tobacco Products


Health Resources & Services Administration LogoHealth Resources & Services Administration *: Primary Federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. Helps those in need of high quality primary health care,  people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and mothers. Supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery. Oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. Compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and abuse.

Bureaus: Bureau of Health Workforce Bureau of Primary Health Care Healthcare Systems Bureau HIV/AIDS Bureau Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Offices: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Office of Global Health Office of Health Equity Office of Women's Health

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Indian Health Service : 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. IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 567 federally recognized tribes in 36 states.


National Institutes of Health LogoNational Institutes of Health : "The nation's medical research agency...and the largest source of funding for medical research in the world." A productive source of health information, as it is made up of 27 separate institutes and centers, each with its own research focus.

NIH Institutes: National Cancer Institute National Eye Institute National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute National Human Genome Research Institute National Institute on Aging National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institute of Mental Health National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke National Institute of Nursing Research National Library of Medicine

NIH Centers: Center for Information Technology Center for Scientific Review Fogarty International Center National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences NIH Clinical Center


National Library of Medicine: "The world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care."

Research at NLM: Human Genome ResourcesBiomedical Research & Informatics ♦| Environmental Health & ToxicologyHealth Services Research & Public HealthHealth Information Technology Registry & results database of publicly & privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted
   around the world.

Databases, Resources & APIs
Digital Collections: Free online archive of biomedical books and videos.

Drug Information from NLM
Health Topics A-Z
History of Medicine
Images from the History of Medicine

Medical Dictionary
Medical Terminologies at NLM: MeSH | UMLS | RxNorm | SNOMED CT

MedlinePlus: Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.
PubMed/Medline: Database of more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and
   online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
TOXNET: Search databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health & toxic releases.


Office of Inspector General: Since its 1976 establishment, the OIG has been at the forefront of the Nation's efforts to fight waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and more than 100 other HHS programs.


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration LogoSubstance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration : leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Topics A-Z
Programs & Campaigns
Data: Population Data / NSDUH | Client Level Data / TEDS | Substance Abuse Facilities Data / NSSATS | Mental Health Facilities
   Data / NMHSS
| Emergency Department Data | CBHSQ Reports | State & Metro Reports