General Health Resources

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 here are several reliable Federal and State informational and guidance resources:

Find a physician, specialist, or support group

DoctorFinder through the American Medical Association (AMA)
DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This database includes more than 814,000 doctors.  Website requires Captcha authentication.
Driver Rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association
Find A Driving Specialist:
Find a federally-funded Health Center through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.
Find a Physical Therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Find a Social Worker through
Find a Surgeon through the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Guide to Health Care Quality through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Hospital Compare:  CMS Hospital Quality Initiative
Hospital Compare is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Quality Initiative. The Hospital Quality Initiative uses a variety of tools to help stimulate and support improvements in the quality of care delivered by hospitals.
U.S. Hospital Finder™
What is a Physiatrist?
Includes a searchable database of physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-term Care Information

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Listing of acronyms and glossary of terms
"Medicare and Medicaid: A Health Care Safety Net for People with Serious Disabilities and Chronic Conditions"
National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
An advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living. Ombudsmen provides information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care.
State Ombudsman Listing:
Special Focus Facility (SFF) Initiative
Through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this listing contains information on poorly rated nursing homes.

General Health Information
A service of the National Health Information Center, provides key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet.
Email: - Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
Fact sheets, guides, research, and Internet resources gathered by the librarians of the National Library of Medicine.
MedlinePlus: Evaluating Internet Health Information - A Tutorial From the National Library of Medicine
Merck Manual (online)
Merck Manual Consumer Edition:
Merck Manual Professional Edition:
National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD)
An information center concerned with physical activity and disability.
Toll Free: 800/900-8086 (V/TTY)
NCPAD Program Database:
NCPAD Parks Database:
NCPAD Personal Trainers Database:
NCPAD Factsheets on Exercise and Fitness:

NCHPAD Exercise Program for Stroke Survivors (video):

National Health Information Center (NHIC)
NHIC is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.
Referral specialists are available toll free: 800/336-4797, Phone: 301/565-4167
Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)
OMH’s mission is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.  The OMHRC serves as an information and referral service on minority health issues for professionals, community groups, consumers and students.
Toll Free:  800/444-6472
Office of Women’s Health through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Offers free women’s health information on more than 800 topics through their call center and website.
Toll Free:  800/994-9662, Information Specialists are available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Toll Free: 877/696-6775
Contacting HHS Resources:
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

Statistics, Guidelines, and Healthcare Research

CITING MEDICINE: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd Edition updated 2015

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides information and guidance on diseases and conditions, healthy living, traveler's health, emergency preparednesss, and more.
Toll FREE: 800/232-4636
CDC Newsroom:
A database that provides information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.  Information provided includes the trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers for more details.
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
NCHS provides statistical information that guides the actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.
Toll Free:  866/441-6247, 301/458-4000
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH consists of 27 institutes and centers each with their own research agendas that often focus on particular diseases or body systems. Each institute or center has their own point of contact.
Phone: 301/496-4000
Ask NIH:
NIH Institutes and Centers Contact Information:
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Toll Free: 888/346-3656, 301/594-5983
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