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As a service and convenience to our visitors, we have provided the hyper-links listed below. These links are to other health-related and community-interest Web sites and are provided for your convenience and entertainment. Hancock Medical Center does not endorse these sites and the information contained in them should not be considered a reflection of the views of the Hospital. The Hospital does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented on other Web sites, nor does the Hospital endorse the information presented in sites linked to this Web site. In addition, Hancock Medical Center is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the information provided in any Web site linked to this site. We encourage you to confirm all health-related information contained on any Web site with your physician.

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  • Healthcare Professionals – Link to, a site dedicated to providing patients and their families with cancer treatment information and facilitating access to cancer treatment options, drugs, and treatment strategies through clinical trials.

Alzheimer’s Association – Link to the Alzheimer’s Association, a national network of chapters that is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – This site is designed to serve AACAP Members, as well as parents and families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders that affect an estimated 7 to 12 million children and adolescents at any given time in the United States. You will find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, AACAP membership, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information, awards and fellowship descriptions, meeting information, and much more. Since there are no child or adolescent psychiatrists on staff for the site, it does not offer consultations for specific children and families.

American Association of Blood Banks – Link to the AABB’s website, which contains facts about donating and receiving blood, as well as message boards, feedback and interactive sessions, listings of meetings across the nation, late breaking industry news, FDA reports, legislative changes, medical updates, access to subscription newsletters, special interest groups, and the AABB Marketplace.

American Association on Mental Retardation – The AAMR is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals (and others) concerned about mental retardation and related disabilities. Through their Web site, the AAMR has provided a resource that will give you rapid access to information about the mental retardation and disabilities field.

American Cancer Society – Link to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center, which is an outstanding resource for anyone who wants to learn more about cancer and topics related to cancer.

American Diabetes Association – Link to the American Diabetes Association, a national, voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides diabetes research, information, and advocacy.

American Heart Association – Link to the official Web site of the American Heart Association.

American Latex Allergy Association – The American Latex Allergy Association is a national nonprofit organization that provides information about latex allergies and supports latex-allergic individuals.

American Liver Foundation – Link to the American Liver Foundation, a national, voluntary, nonprofit health agency dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing hepatitis and all liver diseases through research, education, and support groups.

American Lung Association – Link to the American Lung Association, a national, voluntary, nonprofit health organization dedicated to fighting lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health.

American Social Health Association – The ASHA is recognized by the public and by patients, providers, and policy-makers for developing and delivering accurate, medically reliable information about STDs. Public and college health clinics across the U.S. order ASHA educational pamphlets and books to give to clients and students. Community-based organizations depend on ASHA, too, to help communicate about risk, transmission, prevention, testing, and treatment.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – The ASHA’s mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate effectively. On its site you will find information to help you understand communication and communication disorders, as well as a referral service, so you can get access to qualified professionals.

Arthritis Foundation – Link to the Arthritis Foundation, a national, voluntary health agency seeking the causes, cures, preventions, and treatments for the more than 100 forms of arthritis.

Better Hearing Institute – The Better Hearing Institute is a not-for-profit corporation that was created over 30 years ago to promote hearing healthcare across the United States. The manufacturers and suppliers that comprise the hearing industry in the U.S. jointly fund the organization. Over the years, BHI has perhaps been best known as the producer of Public Service Announcements about hearing loss and the importance of appropriate treatment. Behind the scenes, BHI has operated a call center where consumers could ask questions about hearing loss, and the organization has distributed helpful brochures about specific subjects that were important to consumers.

CancerGuide – Link to CancerGuide, a site created by a cancer survivor that is dedicated to helping site visitors find answers to questions about cancer and helping them find the questions that should be asked.

Children with Diabetes – The mission of Children with is to promote understanding of the care and treatment of diabetes (especially in children), to increase awareness of the need for unrestricted diabetes care for children at school and day-care, to support families living with diabetes, and to promote understanding of research into a cure.

Epilepsy Foundation of America – Link to the Epilepsy Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy. – Link to, a site containing message boards on health-related topics.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International – JDRF is a leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research worldwide, and the only major diabetes organization focused exclusively on research.

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation – Link to the March of Dimes, a national, nonprofit organization committed to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

Meningitis Foundation of America – Link to the MFA, an organization whose the goals and objectives are: to help support sufferers of Spinal Meningitis and their families; to provide information to educate the public and medical professionals about Meningitis so that its early diagnosis and treatment will save lives; and to help support the development of vaccines and other means of treating and/or preventing meningitis.

Muscular Dystrophy Association – Link to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a national, nonprofit health agency that is a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.

National Kidney Foundation – Link to the National Kidney Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Link to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, whose mission is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Providing accurate, up-to-date information to individuals with MS, their families, and healthcare providers is central to their mission.

National Osteoporosis Foundation – Link to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, which strives to be the nation’s leading resource for people seeking up-to-date, medically sound information about the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of osteoporosis.

National Sleep Foundation – The NSF is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting public education, sleep-related research, and advocacy.

National Stroke Association – The NSA’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of strokes, to save lives, to improve quality of care, and to improve patient outcomes.

National Transplant Society – Link to the National Transplant Society, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to maximizing the availability of lifesaving organs, health-enhancing human tissue, and life-sustaining bridge technology. – This site is a resource for patient-oriented orthopedic material. collects links to sites that use patient-friendly presentations. You can find these sites in its list of Best of the Net Sites. is also assembling a database of orthopedic sites in the United States and around the world.

Prevent Blindness America – Link to Prevent Blindness America, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.

SIECUS – The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) is a national, nonprofit organization that affirms that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of living. Incorporated in 1964, SIECUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. – Link to, a site that allows people with health, personal, and relationship issues share their experiences through 200+ message boards and provides links to support-related information on the Internet.

Yahoo! Groups – Health & Wellness – Link to Yahoo!’s Health & Wellness groups.

Harvard Medical Web – Link to Harvard University’s medical schools and related publications such as Web Weekly.

Emory University MedWeb – MedWeb is a catalog of biomedical and health-related web sites maintained by the staff of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University. MedWeb’s primary audience is the academic and research community at Emory.

Lane Medical Library – Stanford University – Link to Stanford University’s medical library. Search the Web for health and medicine resources using Stanford’s MedWorld MedBot.

OncoLink – Link to the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center site, which provides a wealth of information about and related to cancer.

Oregon Health & Science University – OHSU’s fundamental purpose is to improve the well-being of people in Oregon and beyond. As part of its multifaceted public mission, OHSU strives for excellence in education, research, clinical practice, scholarship, and community service. Through its dynamic interdisciplinary environment, OHSU stimulates the spirit of inquiry, initiative, and cooperation among students, faculty, and staff. Search the CliniWeb database. Browse the MeSH library.

Stanford University’s MedWorld – Link to Stanford University’s MedWorld Web site. Search the Web for health and medicine resources using Stanford’s MedWorld MedBot.

Countway Library of Medicine – Link to Harvard University’s Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, one of the largest medical libraries in the world. The library offers streamlined access to both free and subscription-based electronic resources.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – Link to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), an agency that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, quality, cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ’s research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.

Census Bureau – Link to the U.S. Census Bureau, whose mission is to be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States and whose goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data they collect and services they provide. The site contains all types of survey data including various health and wellness surveys.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency that is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people — at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) – Link to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In addition to providing health insurance, this agency also performs a number of quality-focused activities, including regulation of laboratory testing (CLIA), development of coverage policies, and quality-of-care improvement. HCFA maintains oversight of the survey and certification of nursing homes and continuing care providers (including home health agencies, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, and hospitals), and makes available to beneficiaries, providers, researchers, and State surveyors information about these activities and nursing home quality. For additional Medicare information, visit

Department of Health & Human Services – Link to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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.

Federal Consumer Information Center – In February 2000, the Consumer Information Center was united with the Federal Information Center to give birth to the Federal Consumer Information Center. This site covers health topics, as well as many other topics.

Food and Drug Administration – Link to the FDA, whose mission is to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use. The FDA ensures that the food we eat is safe and wholesome, that the cosmetics we use won’t harm us, and that medicines, medical devices, and radiation-emitting consumer products such as microwave ovens are safe and effective. FDA also oversees feed and drugs for pets and farm animals. Authorized by Congress to enforce the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and several other public health laws, the agency monitors the manufacture, import, transport, storage, and sale of $1 trillion worth of goods annually, at a cost to taxpayers of about $3 a person.

Food and Nutrition Information Center – Link to the FNIC, whose mission is to collect and disseminate information about food and human nutrition.
Healthfinder – Link to Healthfinder®, a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthfinder® can lead you to selected on-line publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

Health Resources and Services Administration Information Center – The HRSA’s Information Center provides publications, resources, and referrals on health care services for low-income, uninsured individuals and those with special health care needs.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau – The Health Resources and Services Administration’s MCHB strives for a society where children are wanted and born with optimal health, receive quality care and are nurtured lovingly and sensitively as they mature into healthy, productive adults. The MCHB seeks a nation where there is equal access for all to quality health care in a supportive, culturally competent, family and community setting.

National Cancer Institute – Link to the NCI. The NCI is organized into the Office of the Director, one Center, and six Divisions, each specializing in a different aspect of cancer research. The NCI establishes plans and priorities for cancer research. The NCI’s NewsCenter provides recent and archived press releases and other information from the NCI.

National Center for Infectious Diseases – A division of the CDC, the mission of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) is to prevent illness, disability, and death caused by infectious diseases in the United States and around the world.

National Health Information Center – The NHIC is a health information referral service. The NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. NHIC was established in 1979 by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute – A division of the NIH, the NHLBI provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood, in blood resources, and in sleep disorders. Since October 1997, the NHLBI has also had administrative responsibility for the NIH Woman’s Health Initiative.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – A division of the NIH, the NIAAA supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The NIAAA also provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the severe and often fatal consequences of these problems.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – A division of the NIH, the NIAID provides the major support for scientists conducting research aimed at developing better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent the many infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases that afflict people worldwide.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases – A division of the NIH, the mission of the NIAMSD is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases – A division of the NIH, the NIDDKD conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The Institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related sub-specialty fields as well as many basic science disciplines.

National Institute of Mental Health – A division of the NIH, the mission of the NIMH is to diminish the burden of mental illness through research. This public health mandate demands that we harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment and, eventually prevention of mental illness.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – A division of the NIH, the mission of the NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease–a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.

National Institutes of Health / Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center – The NIH ORBD~NRC was established in 1994 with a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health to The National Osteoporosis Foundation. The center’s mission is to provide patients, health professionals, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases, including osteoporosis, Paget’s disease of the bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, and hyperparathyroidism. The Center is operated by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, in collaboration with The Paget Foundation and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.

National Institutes of Health – Link to the NIH, whose mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by: (1) conducting research in its own laboratories; (2) supporting the research of nonfederal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad; (3) helping in the training of research investigators; and (4) fostering communication of medical information. The NIH is one of eight health agencies of the Public Health Services which, in turn, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Comprised of 27 separate components, mainly Institutes and Centers, NIH has 75 buildings on more than 300 acres in Bethesda, MD. From a total of about $300 in 1887, the NIH budget has grown to more than $20.3 billion in 2001.

National Library of Medicine – Link to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and is the world’s largest medical library. The Library collects materials in all areas of biomedicine and health care, and works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences. Housed within the Library is one of the world’s finest medical history collections of old and rare medical works. The Library’s collection may be consulted in the reading room or requested on inter-library loan. The NLM is a national resource for all U.S. health science libraries through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine®. For more than 100 years, the Library has published the Index Medicus®, a monthly subject/author guide to articles in 3400 journals. This information, and much more, is today available in the database MEDLINE® via the World Wide Web. MEDLINE has more than 11 million journal article references and abstracts going back to the early sixties. Other databases provide information on monographs (books), audiovisual materials, and such specialized subjects as toxicology, environmental health, and molecular biology. Through the Web at, some 250 million searches of MEDLINE are done each year by health professionals, scientists, librarians, and the public. There is an increasing number of links between article references and full text, and a new service called PubMed Central will allow free access to a central repository of journal articles. The NLM has created a special Web site, MEDLINEplus, to link the general public to many sources of consumer health information. Research and Development is carried out by the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The LHNCBC explores the uses of computer, communication, and audiovisual technologies to improve the organization, dissemination, and utilization of biomedical information. Currently the Center is applying modern communications technologies to health care-related projects involving, for example, telemedicine, test-bed networks, virtual reality, and a Unified Medical Language System. The Visible Human Project® has created, in complete anatomical detail, 3-dimensional representations of the male and female human body, resulting in a large digital image library. Profiles in Science is the Center’s new Web site that provides access to laboratory notes, photographs, and correspondence of notable American scientists. Established by Congress in 1988, the National Center for Biotechnology Information has assumed a leadership role in developing information services for biotechnology — the task of storing and making accessible the staggering amounts of data about the human genome resulting from genetic research at the NIH and laboratories around the nation. The NCBI is a recognized leader in basic research in computational molecular biology, and is also responsible for developing innovative computer solutions for the management and dissemination of the rapidly growing volume of genome information. NCBI distributes GenBank®, a collection of all known DNA sequences, and also provides access to the assembled Human Genome data. Both are accessible at The Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (TEHIP), established at NLM in 1967, is charged with setting up computer databases from the literature and from files of governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The TEHIP has implemented the TOXNET® (Toxicology Data Network) system of 10 data banks useful in chemical emergency response and other applications. TOXNET is searchable without charge on the Web. The Extramural Programs Division provides grants to support research in medical informatics, health information science, and biotechnology information, as well as for research training in these areas. Network planning and development grants support computer and communication systems in health institutions and the study of new opportunities with high-speed computer networks in the health sciences. Health science library resource grants assist in improving information access and services for health professionals. Research and publications in the history of medicine and the life sciences are also supported. The NLM’s Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project,, develops and distributes multi-purpose, electronic “Knowledge Sources” and associated lexical programs. System developers can use the UMLS products to enhance their applications in systems focused on patient data, digital libraries, Web and bibliographic retrieval, natural language processing, and decision support. Researchers will find the UMLS products useful in investigating knowledge representation and retrieval questions.

National Safety Council – The NSC, founded in 1913 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1953, is the Nation’s leading advocate for safety and health. Its mission is “to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health, and environmental policies, practices, and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.”

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, works to strengthen the disease prevention and health promotion priorities of the Department within the collaborative framework of the HHS agencies.

Office of Public Health and Science – The Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) serves as the focal point for leadership and coordination across the Department in public health and science, provides direction to program offices within OPHS, and provides advice and counsel on public health and science issues to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The OPHS is under the direction of the Assistant Secretary for Health, who serves as the Senior Advisor on public health and science issues to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration – Link to SAMHSA, the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information – Link to the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), the information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. NCADI is the world’s largest resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse. NCADI services include: (1) an information services staff equipped to respond to the public’s alcohol, tobacco, and drug (ATD) inquiries; (2) the distribution of free or low-cost ATD materials, including fact sheets, brochures, pamphlets, monographs, posters, and video tapes from an inventory of over 1,000 items; (3) a repertoire of culturally-diverse prevention, intervention, and treatment resources tailored for use by parents, teachers, youth, communities, and prevention/treatment professionals; (4) customized searches in the form of annotated bibliographies from alcohol and drug data bases; (5) access to the Prevention Materials database (PMD) including over 8,000 prevention-related materials and the Treatment Resources Database, available to the public in electronic form; and (6) rapid dissemination of Federal grant announcements for ATD prevention, treatment, and research funding opportunities. The NCADI is the nation’s one-stop resource for the most current and comprehensive information about substance abuse prevention and treatment. The NCADI is one of the largest Federal clearinghouses, offering more than 500 items to the public, many of which are free of charge. They distribute the latest studies and surveys, guides, videocassettes, and other types of information and materials on substance abuse from various agencies, such as the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The staff (English, Spanish, TDD capability) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your calls at 1-800-729-6686.

SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center – The Center for Mental Health Services – The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is responsible for leading the national system to deliver mental health services. Over the past century, knowledge and understanding of mental health issues has evolved substantially. Since its establishment a decade ago, CMHS has taken on many roles in order to meet the Nation’s needs. As the Center’s record of accomplishments has grown with respect to mental health treatment and support services, scientific advances and mental health research have yielded increasingly effective medications, therapies, and delivery strategies.

Social Security Administration – The Social Security Administration’s Web site provides information about Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits, and Supplemental Security Income. The site also provides wage reporting information for employers.

Surgeon General – The Surgeon General of the United States has been the nation’s leading spokesman on matters of public health. – The site is a portal to the Web sites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal departments and agencies.

Advocacy Sites:

AARP: American Association of Retired Persons – The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. The association provides information and resources, advocates on legislative, consumer, and legal issues, assists members to serve their communities, and offers a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for members. These benefits include the AARP Web-place at, Modern Maturity and My Generation magazines, and the monthly AARP Bulletin. Active in every U.S. state and territory, AARP celebrates the attitude that age isn’t just a number — it’s about how you live your life. – is a professional web guide that connects individuals struggling with addiction to treatment options. As you may know, over 20 million people in the United States have some sort of addiction, and an estimated one hundred people die from drug overdoses daily. Our goal is to provide families and communities with helpful information on substance abuse, addiction and recovery options. (

The National CASA Association – The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association provides leadership for CASA programs and volunteers across the country. Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates are everyday people who are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children until they are placed into safe, permanent, and nurturing homes.

Annie E. Casey Foundation – The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. Its mission is to foster public policies, improved human services, and community supports that effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families (Annie E. Casey Foundation – Kids Count Project).

The National CASA Association – The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association provides leadership for CASA programs and volunteers across the country. Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates are everyday people who are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children until they are placed into safe, permanent, and nurturing homes.

Children’s Defense Fund – The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Stand for Children – Stand for Children’s mission is to build a powerful citizen voice to ensure all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and safe. By building a strong and strategic grassroots voice for children across the country, Stand for Children is shifting funding priorities at every level to help ensure that every child has: (1) parents who are prepared for and supported in their vital role; (2) access to high-quality early care and education; (3) high-quality elementary, middle, and high schools; (4) access to enriching after-school activities; (5) safe communities and homes; and (6) access to medical, mental health, and dental care.

Health & Wellness – Health Information Advocacy:

Health On the Net Foundation – Health On the Net FoundationTM is a not-for-profit international Swiss Organization whose stated mission is “to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable on-line medical and health information.”

Hi-Ethics – Link to Hi-EthicsTM, Inc., or Health Internet Ethics, an organization that has established 14 principles/ethical guidelines regarding privacy, confidentiality, and quality of health information, advertising, commercial relationships, and consumer relations, as well as guidelines for best practices for professionals on the Internet. The organization seeks agreements with widely used health-related Internet sites to support these principles. A member list is available on the website.

Internet Healthcare Coalition – Link to an organization that “supports quality healthcare resources on the Internet through well-informed Internet healthcare consumers, professionals, educators, marketers, media, and policy-makers concerning the range of uses of the Internet to deliver high-quality healthcare resources,” as well as “self-regulation through adherence to voluntary guidelines established to provide accurate information.”

Medem – A group of leading medical societies joined forces to create Medem, a physician-patient communications network, to provide credible healthcare information, products, and services over the Internet.

The National Council Against Health Fraud – NCAHF is a private, nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focuses on health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems. Its positions are based upon the principles of science that underlie consumer protection law. It advocates: (a) adequate disclosure in labeling and other warranties to enable consumers to make truly informed choices; (b) premarketing proof of safety and effectiveness for products and services claimed to prevent, alleviate, or cure any health problem; and (c) accountability for those who violate the law.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Article: How to Spot Health Fraud – “You don’t have to look far to find a health product that’s totally bogus . . . “
Quackwatch – Quackwatch, Inc., a member of the Consumer Federation of America, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere.

Health & Wellness – General:

Achoo Gateway to Healthcare – One of the greatest hurdles for the healthcare sector is the sheer volume of information available through the Internet. Achoo acts as a jump point and information resource for the medical community and all other Internet users interested in healthcare information.

American Council on Science and Health – The American Council on Science and Health, Inc. The ACSH is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment, and health. The ACSH is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

American Red Cross – The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

American Running Association – The American Running Association is a nonprofit, educational association of runners, medical professionals, and corporations dedicated to promoting running nationwide. For over 30 years, The American Running Association and its sister organization, The American Medical Athletic Association, have been influential clearinghouses, providing information and support to runners nationwide.

Beck Health Science Library & Resource Center – Link to, a resource of links to health care sites, journals, publications, and more.

Council on Family Health – The Council on Family Health is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating consumers about dietary supplements, home safety, personal health, and the proper use of nonprescription and prescription medicines. – Link to the Discovery Health Channel’s Web site. – Link to, a company led by Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives by empowering them to improve their health. – strives to be a leading provider of on-line information and products for optimum health and wellness. Per the site, the Ask Dr. Weil on-line feature has provided a tradition of quality on-line solutions for consumers and professionals, and was notably one of the first on-line help resources available on the Web. –, Inc. is the largest subscription-based on-line diet, fitness, and counseling network, with upwards of 300,000 paid members through the fourth quarter of 2001. Founded in 1996 and with corporate headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida, offers on-line, subscription-based weight-loss programs using proprietary software to generate customized diet programs. The programs are designed based upon individual members’ personal goals, food preferences, and lifestyles. In addition, publishes one of the Internet’s most popular biweekly diet and fitness email newsletters, eDiets Diet & Fitness News, which is delivered to a community of more than 10 million subscribers. For a monthly fee, creates custom diet plans based on information provided in response to a comprehensive personal profile questionnaire. To date, millions of consumers have completed the personal profile, which elicits information on weight-loss goals, lifestyle, food preferences and/or restrictions, pertinent medical conditions, fitness level, and attitude.–This site is published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP is a national, nonprofit medical association, including family physicians, family practice residents, and medical students. All of the information within has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP. The information is said to be regularly reviewed and updated. – Link to a site that provides information about fitness events.

Health and Age – The Health and Age Web site claims to be both a statement and an invitation. The statement: They believe that aging — so long considered something unpleasantly inevitable, to be ignored for as long as possible — is a process that should be examined, and exploited, for all the positive aspects that it can offer. This statement finds expression in the wide range of articles they publish on this admittedly complex subject. The invitation is addressed to all who visit the site, whether ordinary citizens or health professionals: join in the dialogue, express your opinion — they value it. – This site contains information about the important health issues of today, and easy access to health products and drugstore essentials. There are thousands of pages of in-depth drug and medical information in the Library & Encyclopedias, and the site provides personalized feedback using the Health Profiles.

HealthSCOUT – The HealthScout Network is a leading Internet provider and distributor of consumer health information, news, and tools. The HealthScout Network hosts Health sections for over 200 affiliates including Yahoo, iWon,, InfoSpace, and NBCi. Network sites have access to HealthScout’s syndicated personalized daily health news on over 800 topics, health information, and interactive health management tools. The HealthScout Network is owned and operated by, Inc. For more information about go to

InteliHealth – InteliHealth’s stated mission is to empower people with trusted solutions for healthier lives. They strive to accomplish this by providing credible information from the most trusted sources, including Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Their health information includes health news and content as well as access to trackers, tools, and risk assessments. InteliHealth is a subsidiary of Aetna. InteliHealth employs expert editors who develop consumer-friendly health information to make it accessible to the widest possible audience. To promote quality, health information developed by InteliHealth is reviewed and approved by leading medical and dental experts. More than 150 top health care organizations contribute to InteliHealth’s content, including the National Institutes of Health, other government agencies, major non-profits, other publishers, and news media. As always, the material on the site is provided for informational purposes only. It is important for you to consult with your physician about your individual medical needs.

iVillage – This site strives to be a place where women don’t just read about how they can get the most out of life, but where they can help each other do it: The Women’s Network.

LifeMatters – This site describes its services as a compilation of articles from various authors intended to contribute to having a life that is empowered, fulfilled, and profoundly related, to ourselves and to others within families, communities, and organizations. – is produced by a team of writers, editors, multimedia and graphics producers, health educators, nurses, doctors, and scientists. It gives you access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of the Mayo Clinic. The site is owned by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. – is a privately-held company founded by academic physicians and backed by private venture capital. Its stated goal is to make access to the Internet’s vast array of health and medical information as efficient and reliable as possible for healthcare professionals as well as consumers. – MedicineNet, Inc. is an on-line healthcare media publishing company that strives to provide easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers. It is said to be nationally-recognized, and 100% doctor-produced by a network of over 70 U.S. board-certified physicians.

MEDtropolis – Link to a site whose goal is to educate and entertain kids and adults alike in the areas of healthcare and healthy living.

National Association of Health Education Centers – The NAHEC’s mission is to promote the development and advancement of health education centers across the United States, and its vision is to provide every child in the country with access to a Health Education Center.

National Safety Council – The National Safety Council is the nation’s leading advocate for safety and health. Its mission is “to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health, and environmental policies, practices, and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.” – is a search engine that has indexed many retail medical sites. – Link to a site that is maintained by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to help you find the important information that you need in order to use your medications safely and effectively. – is a source for tobacco-related news and information.

WebMD – WebMD states that their content staff blends award-winning expertise in content creation, community services, expert commentary, medical review, and aggregation of licensed resources to give their site users a variety of ways to find what they are looking for.

Medical Search Engines:

CliniWeb – Sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University. Consumer and Health Professional – is a privately-held company founded by academic physicians and backed by private venture capital. Its stated goal is to make access to the Internet’s vast array of health and medical information as efficient and reliable as possible for healthcare professionals as well as consumers.

MedBot – Sponsored by Stanford University.

MedHunt and HONselect – HON’s mission is to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable on-line medical and health information.
MedWeb @ Emory University – Sponsored by Emory University.

Yahoo Health – Sponsored by

Sites focused on Parenting and Child Care: – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that are pregnant or have just given birth. – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that are pregnant or have just given birth.

American Academy of Pediatrics – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists.

At Home Mothers – Link to a site that strives to provide “complete support for the at-home motherhood lifestyle.”

BabyCenter –, together with its companion site,, strives to be the leading destination on the Internet for new and expectant parents. Per the site, it is a Web resource for parents of children ages 2 to 8, and is dedicated to helping parents find the information and support they need during pregnancy and in caring for a babies, toddlers, or children. – Link to a site that specializes in connecting parents with their pediatricians and child care providers. – This site claims to be the #1 site for breastfeeding information, support, and attitude.

Bright Futures – Link to a site that advocates a developmental approach to providing health supervision for children of all ages. – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that have a baby with colic-type tendencies or symptoms. – DRs4Kids is a web site that strives to take common medical topics concerning infants, children, and adolescents and present them in such a way as to make them easier for a parent to understand. – Link to a site that contains links to other child health and development Web sites.

Healthy Childcare – Healthy Childcare is an award-winning, bimonthly publication for childcare programs devoted to health and safety issues. The site includes information on health, safety, medicines, staff health, health education activities, illnesses, and more. – Link to a source for health information developed by pediatricians and an on-line health information leader for parents. – Link to a site that was called “the most visited pediatric Web site in the nation,” and “was named best Web site for health content at the eHealthcare World Conference in New York.”1

La Leche League – Link to a site that provides education, information, support, and encouragement to breast-feeding mothers. – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those going through pregnancy.

Motherstuff – Link to Motherstuff, a privately-published site that claims to be a “meta-index of mother-knowledge on the Internet.”

National Safe Kids Campaign – The National SAFE KIDS Campaign claims to be the first national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury. –, together with its companion site,, strives to be the leading destination on the Internet for new and expectant parents. Per the site, it is a Web resource for parents of children ages 2 to 8, and is dedicated to helping parents find the information and support they need during pregnancy and in caring for a babies, toddlers, or children. – Link to a parenting site published by United Advertising Publications, Inc.

Parentsoup – Link to a parenting site published by – Link to another parenting site published by

SafeKids.Com – This site contains tips, advice, and suggestions to make your family’s on-line experience fun and productive. – Link to a source for health information developed by pediatricians and an on-line health information leader for teens.

The Labor of Love – Link to a site published by Earth’s Magic, LLC that includes news, articles, message boards, journals, and more. The site is aimed toward those that are trying to conceive, struggling with infertility, pregnant, or already a mom or dad.

Global – Link to a Federal Government site that addresses global health and serves as a link between domestic and international health issues.

Health Development Agency – England’s Health Development Agency identifies the evidence of what works to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities. It advises and supports policy makers and practitioners, helping them to get evidence into practice.

Official Web Site Locator for the United Nations System of Organizations – Link to an alphabetic index of Web sites of the United Nations system of organizations.

Pan American Health Organization – Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, “improving the health of the peoples of the Americas.”

United Nations Children’s Fund – Link to UNICEF, which works in more than 160 countries and territories providing health care, clean water, improved nutrition, and education to millions of children in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

World Health Organization – Link to the web site of the World Health Organization Library in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO Library and Information Networks for Knowledge (LNK) provides comprehensive library and information services on WHO-produced recorded information in print and other media. In addition, library services give access to worldwide health, medical, and development information resources to WHO headquarters, regions, and country offices, ministries of health and other government offices, health workers in Member States, other UN and international agencies, and diplomatic missions. The WHO library programs help regions and developing countries achieve self-sufficiency in providing information services to the health sector.

Sites for healthcare executives, physicians and other professionals:

Advanced Medical Technology Association – AdvaMed’s mission is to be the advocate for a legal, a regulatory, and an economic climate that advances global health care by assuring worldwide patient access to the benefits of medical technology. To achieve this, AdvaMed focuses on rapid product approvals by the FDA, coverage and payment determinations globally, access to international markets, and communicating the value of medical technology to key audiences.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members and Parents and Families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders that affect an estimated 7 to 12 million children and adolescents at any given time in the United States. You will find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, AACAP membership, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information, awards and fellowship descriptions, meeting information, and much more. Since there are no child or adolescent psychiatrists on the site’s staff, the site does not provide consultations for specific children and families.

American Accreditation HealthCare Commission – The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission, Inc. (also known as URAC) is a nonprofit, national accrediting organization established to promote continuous improvement in the quality and efficiency of health care delivery systems by bringing together payors, consumers, providers, and the managed care industry. The Commission’s primary focus is accreditation. The Commission is the oldest and largest organization accrediting utilization management activities, and is the premier organization accrediting PPO networks and other similar managed care organizations. The Commission is the only organization offering accreditation programs for workers’ compensation managed care. The Commission’s accreditation programs are either required or recognized in lieu of state regulatory requirements by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Accredited companies provide healthcare for 100 million Americans.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology – The largest professional medical organization of specialists in allergy, asthma, and immunology.

American Academy of Dermatology – The American Academy of Dermatology is dedicated to achieving the highest quality of dermatologic care for everyone. Achievement of this vision requires a dynamic organization whose mission embodies: excellence in patient care, education, and research; adherence to ethical conduct; responsiveness to the organization’s members and to the public; and unification and representation of the specialty.

American Academy of Emergency Medicine – The AAEM, the specialty society of Emergency Medicine, is a democratic organization committed to the following principles: (1) Every individual should have unencumbered access to quality emergency care provided by a specialist in Emergency Medicine; (2) The practice of Emergency Medicine is best conducted by a specialist in Emergency Medicine; (3) A specialist in Emergency Medicine is a physician who has achieved, through personal dedication and sacrifice, certification by either the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM); (4) The personal and professional welfare of the individual specialist in Emergency Medicine is a primary concern to AAEM; (5) The AAEM supports fair and equitable practice environments necessary to allow the specialist in Emergency Medicine to deliver the highest quality of patient care; and (6) AAEM supports the growth of residency programs and graduate medical education, which are essential to the continued enrichment of Emergency Medicine, and to ensure a high quality of care for the patient.

American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery – The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association that represents facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board-certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck.

American Academy of Family Physicians – The AAFP was founded in 1947 to promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors who are providing continuing comprehensive health care to the public. Other major purposes of the Academy include: (1) To provide responsible advocacy for, and education of, patients and the public in all health-related matters; (2) To preserve and promote high-quality, cost-effective health care; (3) To promote the science and art of family medicine and to ensure an optimal supply of well-trained family physicians; (4) To promote and maintain high standards among physicians who practice family medicine; (5) To preserve the right of family physicians to engage in medical and surgical procedures for which they are qualified by training and experience; (6) To provide advocacy, representation, and leadership for the specialty of family practice; and (7) To maintain and provide an organization with high standards to fulfill the above purposes and to represent the needs of its members.

American Academy of Neurology – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is a worldwide professional association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – Formed in 1985, the Academy, as the only full-service organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties, has steadily expanded services to meet its mission to: (1) Serve as a resource for nurse practitioners, their patients, and other health care consumers; (2) Promote excellence in practice, education, and research; (3) Provide legislative leadership; (4) Advance health policy; (5) Establish health care standards; and (6) Advocate for access to quality, cost-effective health care.

American Academy of Ophthalmology – The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s mission is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. It is the vision of the Board of Trustees that the Academy be the most valuable and credible professional eye organization in the world.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons provides education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The Academy also serves as an advocate for improved patient care and informs the public about the science of orthopaedics. The Academy has grown to be the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists.

American Academy of Optometry – The goal of the American Academy of Optometry is to maintain and enhance excellence in optometric practice. It does this by fostering research and the dissemination of knowledge in both basic and applied vision science. Since its founding, the Academy’s success in achieving this objective has moved the Academy to the forefront of American and international optometry.

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. – AAO-HNS is the world’s largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The medical disorders treated by this specialty are among the most common that afflict all Americans, young and old. They include chronic ear infection, sinusitis, snoring and sleep apnea, hearing loss, allergies and hay fever, swallowing disorders, nosebleeds, hoarseness, dizziness, and head and neck cancer. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning.

American Academy of Pain Medicine – The mission of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is to promote quality care of patients with pain as a symptom of disease (eudynia) and primary pain disease (maldynia) through research, education, and advocacy, and through the advancement of the specialty of Pain Medicine. The Academy’s vision is to be the recognized authority on the evaluation and care of patients with eudynia and maldynia. AAPM is an influential participant in policy making for Pain Medicine services and is responsive to the needs of its members.

American Academy of Pediatrics – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – The vision of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is to be the leader in assisting physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians to acquire the continuing education, practice knowledge, leadership skills, and research information needed to provide quality patient care, and to represent the best interests of patients with, or at risk for, temporary or permanent disabilities. Its mission is to serve its member physicians by advancing the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, promoting excellence in physiatric practice, and advocating on public policy issues related to disability.

American Academy of Physician Assistants – The mission of the American Academy of Physician Assistants is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants.

American Association of Blood Banks – The AABB’s mission is to establish and promote the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of blood banking, transfusion medicine, hematopoietic, cellular and gene therapies, and tissue transplantation.

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy – Founded in 1900, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is the national organization representing the interests of pharmaceutical education and educators. AACP is committed to excellence in pharmaceutical education.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons – The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons is dedicated to: (1) The advancement of, and pursuit of excellence in, neurological surgery and related sciences; (2) The pursuit of excellence in medical education, especially as it concerns the neurological and surgical sciences; (3) The pursuit of high standards in patient care and the practice of the neurological profession; (4) The advancement of neuroscience research; and (5) The communication of scientific and scholarly information through scientific meetings and publications.

American Association for Respiratory Care – The AARC believes there is no better cause than that of respiratory therapy and the right of respiratory patients to receive competent respiratory care. To that end, the AARC interacts with local, state, and federal government on public policies that affect respiratory care patients and the profession.

American Board of Emergency Medicine – The ABEM’s purposes are scientific and educational: (1) To improve the quality of emergency medical care; (2) To establish and maintain high standards of excellence in the specialty of Emergency Medicine and its approved sub-specialties; (3) To improve medical education and facilities for training emergency physicians and sub-specialists in approved ABEM sub-specialties; (3) To evaluate specialists in Emergency Medicine and sub-specialists in approved ABEM sub-specialties applying for certification, sub-certification, and recertification; (4) To grant and issue to qualified physicians certificates or other recognition of special knowledge and skills in Emergency Medicine and approved ABEM sub-specialties and to suspend or revoke same; and (5) To serve the public, physicians, hospitals, and medical schools by furnishing lists of those diplomates certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

American Board of Medical Specialties – The ABMS is an organization of ABMS-approved medical specialty boards. The mission of the ABMS is to maintain and improve the quality of medical care by assisting the member boards in their efforts to develop and utilize professional and educational standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. The intent of the certification of physicians is to provide assurance to the public that a physician specialist certified by a member board of the ABMS has successfully completed an approved educational program and evaluation process that includes an examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills, and experience required to provide quality patient care in that specialty. The ABMS serves to coordinate the activities of its Member Boards and to provide information to the public, the government, the profession, and its members concerning issues involving specialization and certification in medicine.

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology – The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is an independent, nonprofit organization that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology – The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is an organization of allergists-immunologists and related health care professionals dedicated to quality patient care through research, advocacy, and professional and public education.

American College of Cardiology – Cardiologists from the U.S. and around the world are members of the ACC. By joining the College, they show peers and patients their commitment to provide optimal cardiovascular care. But ACC membership brings more than recognition — it also brings exclusive benefits and services designed specifically for cardiologists, including advocacy, education, and easy access to timely, sought-after information.

American College of Chest Physicians – The ACCP is the leading resource for the improvement in cardiopulmonary health and critical care worldwide. The ACCP’s stated mission is to promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest through leadership, education, research, and communication.

American College of Emergency Physicians – The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) exists to support quality emergency medical care, and to promote the interests of emergency physicians. The values of the American College of Emergency Physicians are: (1) Quality emergency care is a fundamental right, and unobstructed access to emergency services should be available to all patients who perceive the need for emergency services; (2) There is a body of knowledge unique to emergency medicine that requires continuing refinement and development; (3) Physicians entering the practice of emergency medicine should be residency trained in emergency medicine; (4) Quality emergency medicine is best practiced by qualified, credentialed emergency physicians; (5) The best interests of patients are served when emergency physicians practice in a fair, equitable, and supportive environment; (6) Emergency physicians have the responsibility to play the lead roles in the definition, management, evaluation, and improvement of quality emergency care.

American College of Gastroenterology – The American College of Gastroenterology was founded in 1932 to advance the study and medical treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. The College promotes the highest standards in medical education and is guided by its commitment to meeting the needs of clinical gastroenterology practitioners.

American College of Healthcare Executives – The mission of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is to be the professional membership society for healthcare executives, to meet its members’ professional, educational, and leadership needs, to promote high ethical standards and conduct, and to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence. The ACHE’s vision is to be the leader in providing knowledge, skills, and values that assist healthcare executive leaders in improving the health of all people. Its goals are to: (1) Expand and diversify membership; (2) Strengthen credentialing programs; (3) Advance healthcare management excellence; (4) Collaborate with other organizations to achieve common objectives; (5) Promote ethical standards and conduct; (6) Enhance career development opportunities; and (7) Ensure ACHE organizational strength.

American College of Medical Quality – The mission of the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ) is to provide leadership in creating, sustaining, and applying a scientifically-based infrastructure for the practice of clinical quality improvement. Its objectives are to: (1) Educate and provide a forum for health care professionals, government agencies, and other regulatory bodies involved in medical quality management; (2) Provide a core body of knowledge to health care professionals in the field of medical quality management; (3) Elevate the standards of medical schools and post-graduate education in medical quality management; and (4) Conduct and sponsor on-going research and evaluation in the various fields of medical quality.

American College of Nurse-Midwives – The mission of the ACNM is to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives, and certified midwives.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – The ACOG is a membership organization of obstetrician-gynecologists dedicated to the advancement of women’s health through education, advocacy, practice, and research. Obstetrics and gynecology is a discipline dedicated to the broad, integrated medical and surgical care of women’s health throughout their lives. The combined discipline of obstetrics and gynecology requires extensive study and understanding of reproductive physiology, including the physiologic, social, cultural, environmental, and genetic factors that influence disease in women. This study and understanding of the reproductive physiology of women gives obstetricians and gynecologists a unique perspective in addressing gender-specific health care issues. Primary and preventive counseling and education are essential and integral parts of the practice of an obstetrician-gynecologist as they advance the individual and community-based health of women of all ages. Obstetricians and gynecologists may choose a wide or more focused scope of practice, from primary ambulatory health to concentration in a particular area of specialization.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine – Occupational and environmental medicine is the medicine specialty devoted to prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness and disability, and promotion of health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities. The ACOEM provides leadership to promote the optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments by: (1) educating health professionals and the public; (2) stimulating research; (3) enhancing the quality of practice; (4) guiding public policy; and (5) advancing the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

American College of Physician Executives – The mission of the American College of Physician Executives is to provide physicians with the tools they need to meet the challenges of medical practice today, to position themselves for the future.

American College of Physicians and American Society of Internal Medicine – The American College of Physicians and American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) is the Nation’s largest medical specialty society. Its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

American College of Preventive Medicine – The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. ACPM’s members are engaged in preventive medicine practice, teaching, and research. Many serve on ACPM committees and task forces and represent preventive medicine in national forums, contributing to the organization’s role as a major national resource of expertise in disease prevention and health promotion. The ACPM was established in 1954.

American College of Radiology – The American College of Radiology is the principal organization of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and clinical medical physicists in the United States. The College is a nonprofit professional society whose primary purposes are to improve service to the patient, advance the science of radiology, study the socioeconomic aspects of the practice of radiology, and encourage continuing education for radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and persons practicing in allied professional fields.

American College of Rheumatology – The American College of Rheumatology is an organization of physicians, health professionals, and scientists that advances rheumatology through programs of education, research, and advocacy that foster excellence in the care of people with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

American College of Surgeons – The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

American Dental Association – The ADA is the professional association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health, and to ethics, science and professional advancement, leading a unified profession through initiatives in advocacy, education, research, and the development of standards. Its vision is to be the oral health authority, committed to the public and to the profession.

American Dietetic Association – The American Dietetic Association promotes optimal nutrition and well-being for all people by advocating for its members. Its vision is to have its members be the leading source of food and nutrition services.

American Gastroenterological Association – The AGA was founded in 1897 and is the oldest nonprofit specialty medical society in the country. Gastroenterologic physicians and scientists throughout the world engaged in clinical practice, research, and education belong to the AGA. Membership is limited to physicians, researchers, and/or educators whose primary practice, research, and/or teaching involves the functions and disorders of the digestive system.

American Geriatrics Society – The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit association of geriatrics health care professionals, research scientists, and other concerned individuals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people. The AGS promotes high quality, comprehensive, and accessible care for America’s older population, including those who are chronically ill and disabled. The organization provides leadership to health care professionals, policy makers, and the public by developing, implementing, and advocating programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

American Health Information Management Association – The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the dynamic professional association that represents specially educated health information management professionals who work throughout the healthcare industry. Health information management professionals serve the healthcare industry and the public by managing, analyzing, and utilizing data vital for patient care and making it accessible to healthcare providers when it is needed most.

American Hospital Association – The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Through its representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members’ perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Its advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches, as well as the legislative and regulatory arenas. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

American Medical Association – The AMA is an organization of physicians and a patient’s advocate. Founded more than 150 years ago, AMA’s strategic agenda is commitment to standards, ethics, and excellence in medical education and practice, and advocacy on behalf of the medical profession and the patients it serves. AMA’s work includes the development and promotion of standards in medical practice, research, and education, a strong advocacy agenda on behalf of patients and physicians, and a commitment to providing timely information on matters important to the health of America. The AMA strives to serve as the voice of the American medical profession.

American Medical Group Association – AMGA is an association that represents medical groups, including some of the nation’s largest, most prestigious integrated health care delivery systems. AMGA’s mission is to shape the health care environment by advancing high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered, and physician-directed health care. AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs and publications, bench-marking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

American Medical Informatics Association – The American Medical Informatics Association is a nonprofit organization of individuals, institutions, and corporations dedicated to developing and using information technologies to improve health care. AMIA was formed in 1990 by the merger of three organizations: the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI), the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC). The members of AMIA include physicians, nurses, computer and information scientists, biomedical engineers, medical librarians, and academic researchers and educators. AMIA is the official United States representative organization to the International Medical Informatics Association.

American Nurses Association – The American Nurses Association is a full-service professional organization representing the nation’s 2.6 million Registered Nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

American Occupational Therapy Association – The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public. Its vision is to ensure that the contributions of occupational therapy to health, wellness, productivity, and the quality of life are widely used, understood, and valued by society.

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society – The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) is an organization of orthopaedic surgeons who have special interest and training in the foot and ankle. Its members are medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy who, after completing medical school, have taken at least five years of additional training to become specialists in the care and surgical treatment of diseases and deformities of the foot and the ankle.

American Pharmacists Association – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the national professional society of pharmacists, was founded in 1852 and is the first established — and the largest — professional association of pharmacists in the United States. The members of APhA include practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacy students, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. The Association is a leader in providing professional information and education for pharmacists and is an advocate for improved health of the American public through the provision of comprehensive pharmaceutical care.

American Physical Therapy Association – The mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the principal membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy, is to further the profession’s role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions and the enhancement of the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public.

American Psychiatric Association – The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible, quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

American Public Health Association – The American Public Health Association brings together researchers, health service providers, administrators, teachers, and other health workers in a unique, multi-disciplinary environment of professional exchange, study, and action.

American Roentgen Ray Society – The American Roentgen Ray Society, founded in 1900, is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States. The society has been a forum for progress in radiology since shortly after the discovery of the X-ray and is dedicated to the goal of the advancement of medicine through the science of radiology and its allied sciences. The goal of the ARRS is maintained through an annual scientific and educational meeting and through publication of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. ASHA’s mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate effectively. On its site you will find information to help you understand communication and communication disorders as well as a referral service, so you can get access to qualified professionals.

American Society of Addiction Medicine – ASAM is listed as “the Nation’s medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism and other addictions.”

American Society of Anesthesiologists – The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, a research, and a scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. Since its founding in 1905, the Society’s achievements have made it an important voice in American medicine and the foremost advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain. As physicians, anesthesiologists are responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life functions, including breathing, heart rhythm, and blood pressure during surgery. After surgery, they maintain the patient in a comfortable state during recovery, and are involved in the provision of critical care medicine in the intensive care unit.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery – The mission of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is to raise the standards and skills of anterior segment surgeons through clinical and practice management education and to work with patients, government, and the medical community to promote delivery of quality eye care.

American Society of Clinical Oncology – As a nonprofit organization, the ASCO is dedicated to achieving the charitable mission outlined by the organization’s founders in 1964. The ASCO strongly supports all types of cancer research, but in particular, patient-oriented clinical research. The ASCO’s mission is four-fold: (1) To facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care; (2) To foster the exchange and diffusion of information and ideas related to cancer, including the biology, diagnosis, staging, treatment, and psychosocial impact of cancer; (3) To further the training of all persons in clinical research and in the total care of patients with cancer; and (4) To encourage optimal communication among the various specialties concerned with cancer.

American Society for Clinical Pathology – The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is a not-for-profit medical society organized exclusively for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Its mission is to promote public health and safety by the appropriate application of pathology and laboratory medicine and to serve as a national resource to enhance the quality of pathology and laboratory medicine, primarily by developing comprehensive educational programs and materials.

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons – The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is an association of surgeons and other professionals dedicated to assuring high-quality patient care by advancing the study, prevention, and management of disorders and diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus.

American Society of Healthcare Engineering – The ASHE is an advocate and a resource for continuous improvement in the health care engineering and facilities management professions.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons – The mission of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is to support its members in their efforts to provide the highest quality patient care and maintain professional and ethical standards through education, research, and advocacy of socioeconomic and other professional activities. The mission statement of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation is to develop and support the domestic and international education, research, and public service activities of plastic surgeons.

American Society of Radiology Technologists – The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to give medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals the knowledge, resources, and support they need to provide quality patient care. The ASRT achieves this mission by: (1) Developing useful educational materials for radiologic technologists and delivering them in innovative ways; (2) Strengthening professional standards; (3) Enhancing the profession’s image and reputation; (4) Upholding the profession’s code of ethics; (5) Promoting unity within the profession while respecting its diversity; and (6) Supporting research and progress in the radiologic sciences. The ASRT leads its members, their health care colleagues, the profession, and the public on all issues that affect the radiologic sciences. It works to enhance the delivery of radiologic care and to ensure its safety, quality, and efficacy.

American Thoracic Society – The American Thoracic Society, founded in 1905, is an independently incorporated, international educational and scientific society that focuses on respiratory and critical care medicine. The Society’s members help prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care, and advocacy. The Society’s long-range goal is to decrease morbidity and mortality from respiratory disorders and life-threatening acute illnesses.

American Thyroid Association – The American Thyroid Association is dedicated to promoting scientific and public understanding of the biology of the thyroid gland and its disorders, in order to improve methods for prevention, diagnosis, and management of thyroid disorders.

American Urological Association – The AUA conducts a wide range of activities to ensure that its members stay current on the latest research and the best practices in the field of urology. An educational, nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by providing a wide range of services, including publications, an annual meeting, continuing medical education, and health policy advocacy.

Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. – The Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) was officially established in 1972. In 1973, its first international elections were held to select officers and a board of directors. In 1993, the organization changed its name to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This change reflects the role of infection control professionals in the epidemiological process.

Center for the Advancement of Health – The Center for the Advancement of Health promotes a view of health that recognizes that where we live, how we are educated, and what we eat, drink, breathe, and do affect health as much as, if not more than, access to health care. Its mission is to translate research on this expanded view of health into effective policy and practice.

Clinical Laboratory Management Association – The CLMA is an international organization with members who are responsible for laboratories and clinical services in hospitals and health-care networks, group practices, and independent settings. The CLMA is dedicated to enhancing managerial and leadership skills, promoting efficient, productive, and high-quality operations, and advocating on behalf of quality patient care and the membership.

College of American Pathologists – The mission of the College, the principal organization of board-certified pathologists, is to represent the interests of patients, the public, and pathologists by fostering excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives – The College was formed with the dual objectives of serving the professional development needs of healthcare CIOs, and advocating the more effective use of information management within healthcare. The College was unveiled at the 1992 HIMSS Annual Conference, and the membership quickly grew. The CHIM organization played a major supporting role in The College’s development, providing staff and office support to the new organization. The College was created as a complement to HIMSS, intending to provide a specific focus for healthcare CIOs. The College events and activities were designed to reflect that purpose, including CIO-oriented surveys, education programs, and networking activities.

Computer-Based Patient Record Institute – CPRI-HOST provides vision and leadership to promote the universal and effective use of electronic health care information systems to improve health and the delivery of health care.

Emergency Medicine BBS (EMBBS) – This site was established to provide educational resources for Emergency and Primary Care physicians and health care providers.

Federation of American Hospitals – The principle objective of the Federation is to foster the public good through the creation and delivery of quality health care for all people. The Federation’s members include corporations or other organizations involved in the delivery of health care services that share a common philosophy of providing high-quality, affordable health care through free enterprise.

Health Care Compliance Association – The HCCA is a forum for healthcare professionals involved in compliance, serving all segments of the health care industry. Its stated functions: (1) To promote quality compliance programs in health care — their introduction, development, and maintenance; (2) To provide a forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to provide high-quality compliance programs; and (3) To create high-quality educational opportunities for those involved with compliance in the health care industry.

Health Care eBusiness Collaborative – The HCEC’s mission is to improve the efficiency of eBusiness in healthcare through the collaborative development of the Electronic Data Infrastructure (EDI) across the healthcare industry. This “infrastructure” is built on the industry-wide adoption and use of common electronic data standards in Electronic Data Interchange, Internet Commerce, Automatic Data Capture, and Industry Databases.

Health Level Seven (HL7) – Health Level Seven is one of several ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare arena. Most SDOs produce standards (sometimes called specifications or protocols) for a particular healthcare domain such as pharmacy, medical devices, imaging, or insurance (claims processing) transactions. Health Level Seven’s domain is clinical and administrative data. Its mission is: “To provide standards for the exchange, management, and integration of data that support clinical patient care and the management, delivery, and evaluation of healthcare services. Specifically, to create flexible, cost-effective approaches, standards, guidelines, methodologies, and related services for interoperability between healthcare information systems.”

Healthcare Financial Management Association – HFMA is the nation’s leading personal membership organization for healthcare financial management professionals. HFMA brings perspective and clarity to the industry’s complex issues for the purpose of preparing its members to succeed and, more importantly, to be successful. Through its programs, publications, and partnerships it enhances the capabilities that strengthen not only individual careers, but also the organizations from which its members come.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society – The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society provides leadership in healthcare for the management of technology, information, and change through publications, educational opportunities, and member services. Members include healthcare professionals in hospitals, corporate healthcare systems, clinical practice groups, vendor organizations, healthcare consulting firms, and government settings, in professional levels ranging from senior staff to CIOs and CEOs. HIMSS members are responsible for developing many of today’s key innovations in healthcare delivery and administration, including telemedicine, computer-based patient records, community health information networks, and portable/wireless healthcare computing.

Hospice Association of America – The Hospice Association of America (HAA) is a national organization representing more than 2,800 hospices and thousands of caregivers and volunteers who serve terminally ill patients and their families. Recently ranked the most effective health care trade organization on Capitol Hill by Congressional offices, HAA is the largest lobbying group for hospice, advocating the industry’s interests before Congress, the regulatory agencies, other national organizations, the courts, the media, and the public. HAA is an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care (NAHC), the world’s largest organization representing home care, hospice, and home care aide services.

KidsGrowth Professional – Link to a site for professionals that includes a secure community providing the tools to succeed in today’s health care marketplace. Contains on-line practice management and resources for pediatric professionals.

International Executive Housekeepers Association, Inc. – The International Executive Housekeepers Association, Inc. is a professional organization committed to a cleaner, safer, healthier environment. This mission of IEHA is to provide a professional organization for Executive Housekeepers, Directors of Environmental Services, managers within the housekeeping or custodial activities, and suppliers of custodial goods and services. Through this organization, individuals can obtain education, share research, and achieve recognition for success while interacting with colleagues within the career environment.

International Medical Informatics Association – The IMIA plays a major global role in the application of information science and technology in the fields of healthcare and research in medical, health, and bio informatics. The basic goals and objectives of the association are to: (1) Promote informatics in health care and research in health, bio, and medical informatics; (2) Advance and nurture international cooperation; (3) Stimulate research, development, and routine application; (4) Move informatics from theory into practice in a full range of health delivery settings, from physicians’ offices to acute and long-term care; (5) Further the dissemination and exchange of knowledge, information, and technology; (6) Promote education and responsible behavior; and (7) Represent the medical and health informatics field within the World Health Organization and other international professional and governmental organizations.

JCAHO: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – The JCAHO’s mission is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission has evaluated and accredited nearly 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, JCAHO has developed state-of-the-art, professionally-based standards and evaluated the compliance of health care organizations against these benchmarks.

Managed Care Information Center – The Managed Care Information Center was formed to serve as a clearinghouse for healthcare executives’ managed care information needs by publishing newsletters, advisories, guides, manuals, special reports, and books.

Managed Care On-Line – Link to a business-to-business health management and managed care resource company.

Medical Group Management Association – The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), founded in 1926, is the nation’s principal voice for medical group practice. Through its annual surveys of practice cost, physician compensation, and management compensation, MGMA produces benchmark data on medical practices. Its analyses of better-performing practices serve to advance the art and science of practice management, and provide important educational resources for members. The MGMA Annual Conference each fall attracts many practice leaders, and the accompanying trade exhibition enables attendees to evaluate products and services to help their practices operate more efficiently and effectively.

Medical Records Institute – The Medical Records Institute is committed to promoting the development and acceptance of electronic health care. Since 1983, MRI has pursued this mission on a national and international basis by sponsoring educational programs, including TEPR (, one of the largest health information technology conferences in the world, designed to share the knowledge, experience, and solutions of healthcare informatics leaders and vendors. MRI supports, coordinates, and leads the process of creating healthcare information standards by conducting surveys and studies related to selected EHR and standards issues, assisting EHR developers in finding alliances and partnerships, and acting as a voice of conscience on aspects of confidentiality, security, and social impact.

Medscape – Medscape strives to offer specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web’s most robust and integrated medical information and education tools. Per the site, after a simple, one-time, free registration, Medscape automatically delivers the specialty site that best fits the registrant’s profile. Registrants can also change their Medscape home page to any of its specialty and profession sites.

Microsoft Healthcare Users Group – The MS-HUG is not affiliated with Microsoft Corporation. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization catering to the needs of information systems developers and users in the healthcare industry. Individual and corporate membership dues and conference revenues fund the MS-HUG. The mission of the MS-HUG is to be the healthcare industry forum for exchanging ideas, promoting learning, and sharing solutions for information systems using Microsoft technologies. The MS-HUG will leverage this forum to provide industry leadership, drive appropriate standards, and develop associated requirements in support of healthcare solutions. MS-HUG’s ability to fulfill this mission is predicated on a broad-based membership combining the experience and knowledge of solution providers, technical professionals, health care end-users, care-givers from provider organizations, payors, and information systems vendors. This diverse membership is unified by a shared interest in implementing vendor and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency in healthcare.

National Association for Home Care – The NAHC believes that Americans should receive health care and social services in their own homes, so far as this is possible. Senior citizens and other vulnerable groups should be able to live in independence through the assistance of home care services, making institutionalization a last resort. The NAHC seeks to reverse the current bias that places hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of fragile children and chronically ill seniors in nursing homes or retains them in hospitals when they could receive equal or better care at home. The NAHC believes that home care keeps families together and is devoted to doing everything in its power to preserve the sanctity of the American family, the bedrock of American democracy.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners – The NAPNAP is the professional organization that advocates for children (infants through young adults) and provides leadership for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who deliver primary health care in a variety of settings.

National Association of Social Workers – The NASW is a membership organization that promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. The NASW also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and through its advocacy.

National Board for Respiratory Care – The NBRC strives for excellence in providing credentialing examinations and associated services to the respiratory community, and intends to remain at the forefront of the testing field by offering valid, reliable credentialing examinations, consistent with leading measurement standards and techniques.

National Committee for Quality Assurance – The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality everywhere. In response to the need for standardized, objective information about the quality of managed care organizations (MCOs), NCQA began accrediting these organizations in 1991. Although the MCO accreditation program is voluntary and rigorous, it has been well received by the managed care industry, and almost half the HMOs in the nation, covering three-quarters of all HMO enrollees, have been reviewed by NCQA.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s wishes. Emotional and spiritual support also is extended to the family and loved ones. Generally, this care is provided in the patient’s home or in a home-like setting operated by a hospice program. Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid in most states cover hospice care for patients who meet certain criteria.

National Managed Health Care Congress – The National Managed Health Care Congress (NMHCC) serves as a knowledge source for all healthcare constituents — purchasers, payors, providers, and suppliers — and seeks to increase the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery through the identification and communication of new ideas, best practices, and innovative clinical and management solutions.

National Mental Health Association – The National Mental Health Association is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders, and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and service. It envisions a just, humane, and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.

National Practitioner Data Bank / Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank – The legislation that led to the creation of the NPDB was enacted because the U.S. Congress believed that the increasing occurrence of medical malpractice litigation and the need to improve the quality of medical care had become nationwide problems that warranted greater efforts than any individual state could undertake. The intent is to improve the quality of health care by encouraging state licensing boards, hospitals, and other health care entities and professional societies to identify and discipline those who engage in unprofessional behavior; and to restrict the ability of incompetent physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners to move from state to state without disclosure or discovery of previous medical malpractice payment and adverse action history. Adverse actions can involve licensure, clinical privileges, professional society membership, and exclusions from Medicare and Medicaid. The NPDB is primarily an alert or flagging system intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of health care practitioners’ professional credentials. The information contained in the NPDB is intended to direct discrete inquiry into, and scrutiny of, specific areas of a practitioner’s licensure, professional society memberships, medical malpractice payment history, and record of clinical privileges. The information contained in the NPDB should be considered together with other relevant data in evaluating a practitioner’s credentials; it is intended to augment, not replace, traditional forms of credentials review. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, acting through the Office of Inspector General (OIG), was directed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to create the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) to combat fraud and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery. Health care fraud burdens the nation with enormous financial costs and threatens the quality of health care and patient safety. The HIPDB is primarily a flagging system that may serve to alert users that a comprehensive review of a practitioner’s, provider’s, or supplier’s past actions may be prudent. The HIPDB is intended to augment, not replace, traditional forms of review and investigation, serving as an important supplement to a careful review of a practitioner’s, provider’s, or supplier’s past actions.

National Wellness Institute – Link to the National Wellness Institute, whose stated mission is to serve the professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness to individuals and communities. They are committed to the promotion of optimal well-being.

Radiology Society of North America – The purpose of the Radiological Society of North America is to promote and develop the highest standards of radiology and related sciences through education and research. The Society seeks to provide radiologists and allied health scientists with educational programs and materials of the highest quality, and to constantly improve the content and value of these educational activities. The Society seeks to promote research in all aspects of Radiology and related sciences, including basic clinical research in the promotion of quality healthcare. The Society seeks to foster closer fellowship among all radiologists and greater cooperation among radiologists and members of other branches of medicine and allied healthcare professionals.

Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology – The Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (SCVIR) is a professional society for physicians who specialize in interventional or minimally-invasive procedures. The SCVIR is a nonprofit, national scientific organization deeply committed to its mission to improve health and the quality of life through the practice of cardiovascular and interventional radiology. The Society promotes education, research, and communication in the field while providing strong leadership in the development of health care policy.

Society of Critical Care Medicine – The Society of Critical Care Medicine is a multidisciplinary, multi-professional international organization whose mission is to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill patients by: (1) Promoting the superiority of a multidisciplinary team directed by a qualified intensivist for delivery of the highest quality, cost-efficient critical care; (2) Providing the finest education for healthcare professionals, the public, and policy-makers regarding optimal delivery of critical care; (3) Promoting and supporting the highest quality research in critical care; (4) Advocating a career pathway in critical care that will attract and retain the highest quality physicians, nurses, and other personnel; (5) Advocating to patients, the public, and policy-makers that critical care is a compassionate discipline that seeks to make sick patients well and return them to normal life; (6) Promoting a healing, safe, and effective critical care environment for patients, their families, and care-givers; and (7) Promoting and advocating all of these principles wherever critical care occurs across the healthcare continuum.

Society of Nuclear Medicine – The Society of Nuclear Medicine is an international scientific and professional organization founded in 1954 to promote the science, technology, and practical application of nuclear medicine. Its members are physicians, technologists, and scientists specializing in the research and practice of nuclear medicine. In addition to publishing journals, newsletters, and books, the Society also sponsors international meetings and workshops designed to increase the competency of nuclear medicine practitioners and to promote new advances in the science of nuclear medicine. The Society maintains an active advocacy program to promote and encourage research and the advancement of nuclear medicine science and produces a number of programs to help physicians and technologists remain current with the latest advances. The Society also sponsors education programs for consumers to help them understand nuclear medicine and the constructive role it can play in both diagnostic and therapeutic therapies. The Society, which is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, maintains strong relationships with international societies of nuclear medicine, universities, independent laboratories, and suppliers of both equipment and radiopharmaceuticals. It plays an important role in creating forums within which medical professionals from all medical disciplines collaborate on improving patient care.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons – The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is the largest thoracic surgical organization in the world; its members include a significant majority of all board-certified thoracic surgeons in the United States and Canada. The Society is directly involved in issues of concern to all thoracic surgeons, including professional affairs, STS National Database outcomes monitoring, nomenclature and coding services, and standards and ethics.

Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED) – SNOMED’s design is based on the premise that a detailed and specific nomenclature is essential to accurately reflect, in computer-readable format, the complexity and diversity of information found in a patient record. The design ensures clarity of meaning, consistency in aggregation, and ease of messaging. – Link to an Internet resource for research in human and animal vision.

Healthcare Related Magazines:

Advance for Health Information Executives – Advance for Health Information Executives specializes in coverage of emerging e-health and computer-based patient record technologies. Published monthly, each issue features articles written by leading health care executives and consultants who discuss practical solutions and strategies for top-priority information systems challenges. Affiliations with major industry professional associations, including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the National Managed Health Care Congress (NMHCC), the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG), and The IPA Association of America (TIPAAA) also contribute invaluable, up-to-date information about this dynamic industry.

Advance for Health Information Professionals – Advance for Health Information Professionals, FREE to all subscribers, is a biweekly publication that gives its readers valuable information in the HIM field. Strong editorial relationships with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT), along with a distinguished editorial advisory board, make Advance a leading authority in health information. Advance for Health Information Professionals features easy-to-read articles that cover a broad spectrum of HIM issues. Acting as a sounding board for the debate of critical professional issues, ADVANCE encourages readers to discuss the issues important to every health-information professional. With features including coding columns and Stedman’s Update column, readers can stay abreast of changes happening in the industry.

Health Forum – The Health Forum provides communications, information, education, and research products and services that advance leadership for health. These services empower health care providers, suppliers, payers, and consumers with new knowledge and learning toward the advancement of organizational leadership, market leadership, clinical and medical leadership, and community leadership. The Health Forum was created in the fall of 1998 through the union of The Healthcare Forum and the American Hospital Association’s publishing and data and information subsidiaries. Health Forum enhances the capacity of leaders to improve health through shared knowledge, innovative solutions, and market insights. – HealthLeaders is a leading multi-platform media company dedicated to meeting the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals. As an integrated media company, HealthLeaders consists of the following entities: HealthLeaders Magazine, On-line News, HealthLeaders Research, HealthLeaders HCMO (Healthcare Market Overview), and HealthFax (California and Florida). All available on the Web.
Health Management Technology Magazine – Published by Nelson Publishing, Inc., Nokomis, FL, this magazine bills itself as the industry’s source for information systems solutions.

Healthcare Financial Management Association – The HFMA is the Nation’s leading personal membership organization for healthcare financial management professionals. The HFMA brings perspective and clarity to the industry’s complex issues for the purpose of preparing its members to succeed and, more importantly, to be successful. Through its programs, publications, and partnerships it enhances the capabilities that strengthen not only individual careers, but also the organizations from which its members come.

Healthcare Informatics – Healthcare Informatics is a monthly business magazine that provides timely, high-quality intelligence about information technology for executives and managers on the IT decision-making team in healthcare facilities and organizations of every type. They present news, features, and resource lists, analyze and interpret major trends influencing the healthcare market, report on major IT installations, and cover both domestic and global issues.

Hospitals and Health Networks – A publication of Health Forum. Health Forum offers a wide variety of information publications devoted to improving the quality of health care. Their five magazines and weekly newspaper bring the latest in health care business, social and economic trends, and management information to a wide audience of hospitals and health care executives.
Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA’s mission is to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Modern Healthcare – Modern Healthcare is said to be “the only business newsweekly serving healthcare management … edited to keep healthcare executives current with news and trends in the field.” Major areas of coverage are finance, managed care, integrated delivery systems, physician issues, marketing, information systems, technology, and politics, plus developments in Washington, state legislatures, regulatory agencies, and the courts that affect healthcare providers. Circulation is primarily controlled and concentrated on executives with financial and purchasing responsibilities in hospitals, integrated delivery systems, managed care organization, medical group clinics, multi-hospital systems, and group purchasing organization, as well as architects and consultants to the field. Primary titles reached in hospitals are CEO’s, presidents, administrators, CIO’s, vice presidents, chief purchasing and financial officers, and officers of the Board.

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