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Healthfinder is a Web site from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. It provides an extensive searchable database of reliable online health publications, clearinghouses, Web sites, self-help groups, government agencies, academic centers, and nonprofit agencies.

This is the U.S. government's official portal to federal and state information online. It offers a subject directory as well as a search engine that will search federal, state, or a particular state' s web sites.

Selected Government Sites

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Provides information by congressional mandate concerning public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, applied research in support of public health assessments, information development and dissemination, and education and training concerning hazardous substances.

The CDC's mission is to build collaborations 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. The CDC site contains a wealth of information related to disease prevention, the spread of disease and how to respond to health threats.

EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal Federal Agency charged with increasing access to health care for those who are medically underserved. HRSA’s programmatic portfolio includes a range of programs or initiatives designed to increase access to care, improve quality, and safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Healthy People 2010 is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. Baseline data is provided. Print copies of this and related documents are also available in the Main Library. Check KentLINK for availability.

This presents the next 10-year agenda for improving the Nation's health. It identifies nearly 600 objectives with 1,200 measures to improve the health of all Americans. Included is a Health Indicators Warehouse for data related to the objectives.

This resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers annual reports on healthcare quality and health disparities from 2003 to the present.

Excellent collection of quality health sites compiled by the National Library of Medicine. In addition to sources on about 500 diseases and conditions, there are "lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials." Patient education tutorials are also provided.

The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.

Information about diseases, health, scientific resources, current medical issues, and more.

Provides health information and resources, including the library catalog, online exhibitions, human genome, resources and databases, biomedical research and much more.

The mission of the Office of Minority Health is to improve the health of racial and ethnic populations through the development of effective health policies and programs that help to eliminate disparities in health.

Selected Advocacy Sites

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The American Public Health Association's Web site includes an advocacy section for issues including this site promoting the elimination of health disparities.

This site from the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforcefor lets you search for published literature related to the Healthy People 2010 focus areas.

The NHEC is a policy and advocacy network committed to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities and the achievement of health equity.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.

Statistics

More statistical sources are available on the Community Health Assessment Mini Guide.

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This is an excellent gateway to economic and population census data. Data are available for download, in customizable tables or in thematic mapped. The site provides access data from the Decennial Censuses, the Economic Censuses, and the American Community Survey.

The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.

This is the Centers for Disease Control's system for diseminating Public Health data and information.

Core reference source for government-compiled health statistics. Provides trend tables that are updated as new data becomes available.

Includes data on vital events, health status, lifestyle, exposure to unhealthy events, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care.

The mission of the Office of Minority Health is to improve the health of racial and ethnic populations through the development of effective health policies and programs that help to eliminate disparities in health.