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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
AND (formerly the American Dietetic Association) provides information on government affairs, food and nutrition, professional development, and more is available.

Air and Waste Management Association
AWMA "is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that provides training, information, and networking opportunities to thousands of environmental professionals in 65 countries."

American Association for Cancer Research
AACR "a scientific society of over 17,000 laboratory and clinical cancer researchers, was founded in 1907 to facilitate communication and dissemination of knowledge among scientists and others dedicated to the cancer problem; to foster research in cancer and related biomedical sciences; to encourage presentation and discussion of new and important observations in the field; to foster public education, science education, and training; and to advance the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world."

American Board of Medical Specialties
"ABMS is the umbrella organization for the 24 approved medical specialty boards in the United States. 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 Cancer Society
ACS "saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back." Numerous publications and statistics are available.

American College of Healthcare Executives
ACHE is an international professional society of healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is the publisher of Journal of Healthcare Management, and Healthcare Executive.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
"ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education." The site includes Ensuring Quality of Care in Worker’s Compensation Programs: Fair Fee Schedules and Evidence-Based Guidelines and other position statements.

American Diabetes Association
"ADA is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy." The site has information on research, clinical practice recommendations, and more.

American Heart Association
The AHA site includes scientific statements, practice guidelines and clinical updates on cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as numerous resources for consumers.

American Hospital Association
AHA represents hospitals and healthcare networks in matters of national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters.
» State and Metropolitan Hospital Associations

American Industrial Hygiene Association
"AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving OEHS professionals practicing industrial hygiene and is a resource for those in large corporations, small businesses and who work independently as consultants."

American Lung Association
"Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, ALA today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health." ALA is involved with research in these areas, including providing grants.
» Data and Statistics, including prevalence, incidence, morbidity and mortality trends.

American Medical Association
AMA's mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. AMA focuses on access to care, quality of care, cost of health care, prevention and wellness, and payment models.

American Medical Women's Association
AMWA "functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health."

American Public Health Association
"APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world." APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health.
» APHA Policy Statements 1948 to the present, searchable by keyword or year.

American Water Works Association
AWWA's membership consists of treatment plant operators, utilities, manufacturers, researchers, regulators and others. "AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy for improving the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond."

Arthritis Foundation
"The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis."

Association of Schools of Public Health
ASPH represents the deans, faculty and students of the accredited member schools of public health. ASPH also collects and analyzes data on applicants, students, graduates and faculty of the schools; conducts cost studies on education and expenditures within the schools; and prepares reports on trends in public health education.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
"ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia."

California Dietetic Association
"This site was designed to share our expertise in the field of nutrition and to assist health care professionals and consumers in finding reliable nutrition information."

California HealthCare Foundation
"CHCF's work focuses on informing health policy decisions, advancing efficient business practices, improving the quality and efficiency of care delivery, and promoting informed health care and coverage decisions." They offer a daily electronic news briefing, California Healthline, on California and national health policy (requires one-time registration). Sources include more than 300 news sources, including California and national newspapers, wire services, health care journals and trade publications. Numerous full text publications are available on the web site. CHCF also provides grants statewide.

California Public Health Association-North
CPHA-N is the Northern California affiliate of the American Public Health Association.

California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI)
"SNI is committed to advancing community health for California’s low-income, racially and ethnically diverse populations. SNI examines key community health issues, demonstrates and evaluates innovative strategies, shares best practices, and promotes a broader understanding of the role public hospitals and health systems in promoting community health." SNI's work is concentrated in five areas: Preventing child injury, Understanding and addressing racial disparities in health care, Preventing violence, Improving systems capabilities, Addressing the oral health needs of children. SNI is an affiliate of the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

California Wellness Foundation
"The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention."

Center for Studying Health System Change
"The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is a nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, D.C. HSC designs and conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in government and private industry." The HSC has conducted household and physician surveys periodically since 1996. In addition, it conducts interviews and site visits in twelve cities. Based on this research, the HSC publishes issue briefs, research reports and journal articles on a variety of topics related to health systems such as health care costs, health information technology, and emerging market trends.

Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a philanthropic foundation charged with enhancing the common good. The Fund's current programs are to improve health care services, better the health of minority Americans, advance the well-being of elderly people, and develop the capacities of children and young people. Some full-text publications are available online. For those that are not available online, a free printed copy can be requested.

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
"CSTE is a professional association of public health epidemiologists in states and territories working together to detect, prevent, and control conditions of public health significance."

Council on Education for Public Health
"The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and certain public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health."
» List of Accredited Schools & Programs of Public Health.

Gale Directory Library
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Provides access to a number of directories to organizations (including the Encyclopedia of Associations and the National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations), people (National Faculty Directory), research centers (Government Research Directory) and statistics and rankings (Statistics Sources). Use the Advanced Search to narrow your search by city, state, name, or source.

Guttmacher Institute
"The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) is a non-profit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. AGI publishes numerous journals and special reports on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Institute's mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world."

Health Effects Institute (HEI)
HEI studies the health effects of pollutants from motor vehicles and other sources in the environment. Supported jointly by the EPA and industry, HEI has produced reports on the health effects of a variety of pollutants, including carbon monoxide, fuels and fuel additives, nitrogen oxides, diesel exhaust, ozone, and particulate air pollution.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropy foundation focusing on major health care issues and providing information to policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public. Their work is focused in several areas: Health Policy, Media and Public Education, HIV/AIDS, Health and Development in South Africa, etc. Many publications are available online.

Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences)
"The mission of the Institute of Medicine is to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health. The Institute provides objective, timely, authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to government, the corporate sector, the professions and the public." Many of their recent reports are available online.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
JCAHO evaluates and accredits health care organizations and programs in the United States. With Quality Check one can retrieve details of an organization's accreditation or look into particular aspects of the evaluation.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics
The Institute produces bibliographic citations relating to bioethics for PubMed and the NLM Gateway, and publishes the Bibliography of Bioethics, the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, and other publications.

March of Dimes
The four goals of the March of Dimes are to reduce birth defects, reduce infant mortality, reduce low birthweight, and increase the number of women who get prenatal care in the first trimester. Their site offers educational material, as well as Perinatal Statistics.

Medscape Public Health and Prevention
Features news, reports from new journal literature, continuing education information, conference information, and more. The site is a collaboration with the American Public Health Association. Requires free, one-time registration.

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
The National Academy for State Health Policy is an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. NASHP provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states. This site provides access to programs, research, and publications about many current policy issues including: access for the uninsured, children's health, long-term care, Medicaid, and patient safety. Publications compare policy implementation between and across states.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the oldest and largest network of health and human service providers servicing the over 10 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S. "As the nation's action forum for Hispanic health and well-being we strive to inform and mobilize consumers, support health and human service providers in the delivery of quality care, improve the science base for accurate decision making, promote appropriate use of technology, and insure accountability and advocate on behalf of Hispanics."

National Association of County and City Health Officials
"NACCHO provides education, information, research, and technical assistance to local health departments and facilitates partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies in order to promote and strengthen public health." Many publications and tools are available (some online) to promote these functions.

National Library of Medicine
The world's largest medical library, NLM works with federal agencies, public health institutions and international organizations to provide access to health and scientific information. NLM also produces PubMed.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
"The Society and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on critical issues, and organize a wide range of programs."

National Rural Health Association
NRHA publishes the Journal of Rural Health. Their site includes networking, continuing education, best practices guidelines, and other professional resources.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
This collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries aims to "link the Public Health Workforce to Information for Improved Practice." Their site has useful current public health information, including: health promotion and health education; literature and guidelines; health data, tools, and statistics; education and training; conferences; legislation and policy; directories of people and organizations; public health news; grants and funding; jobs; and more.

Public Health Information and Data Tutorial (2013) supports instruction provided to members of the public health workforce on issues related to information access and management. The tutorial's learning objectives are:

Public Health Foundation
"PHF is a national, non-profit organization, is dedicated to supporting, convening, and advancing efforts of local, state, and federal public health agencies and systems to promote and protect the health of people living within their respective jurisdictions."

National Public Health Performance Standards Program: Online Resource Center
NPHPSP is designed to help communities assess, understand and improve public health system performance. This database is searchable by the essential public health Service, model Standard, and keyword. Relevant URLs that take you directly to the tools and resources mentioned are provided.

Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice
The objective of the Council is "to improve the relevance of public health education to practice." Resources include the list of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, the Database of Academic/Practice Linkages, and more.

Public Health Institute (Berkeley)
"PHI generates and promotes research, leadership and partnerships to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems and practices." PHI's focus areas include alcohol, tobacco, mental health, disabilitites, chronic disease prevention, environmental health, and women, youth and children's health. The CDC, National Cancer Institute, California Department of Public Health, several Universities of California (including Berkeley), and the California Wellness Foundation are some of its many funders.

Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws that Improve Health (Temple University Beasley School of Law)
The Public Health Law Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This program "...offers long-term, short-term and rapid-response funding for projects at the intersection of law and public health, but may also draw upon a range of other disciplines, including medicine, economics, sociology, psychology and public policy." This website includes information on research done by grantees with links to their final papers where available. It also has many methods guides posted. A few of the titles include Crafting a Public Law Research Proposal, Using Logic Models for PHLR Research, Using Qualitative Methods in Public Health Law Research, and Evaluating Public Health Law Using Randomized Experiments, among others. Public health law datasets have been collected here that reflect features of a specific body of laws. Legal datasets are available for topics such as obesity prevention, distracted driving, state vaccination, tobacco control, and alcohol policies. The Network for Public Health Law, offering technical assistance, help in locating speakers, and networking opportunities, is also housed here, with most services currently free.

Public Policy Institute of California
"PPIC's research focuses on three program areas: population, economy, and governance and public finance. Studies within these programs are examining the underlying forces shaping California's future, cutting across a wide range of public policy concerns: the California economy, education, employment and income, immigration, infrastructure and urban growth, poverty and welfare, state and local finance, and the well-being of children and families." Many of PPIC's publications are available online. PPIC's statewide surveys are also available on their web site.

RAND
RAND is a nonprofit research institution. Focus areas include child policy, energy and environment, health and health care, international affairs, population and aging, and more.

RAND Health: Surveys and Tools
Over its 40-year history, RAND Health has produced many practical surveys and tools. Many of the survey instruments and manuals are available online.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects in the United States and U.S. territories that advance our mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans." Current program areas that are funded include vulnerable populations, public health, and childhood obesity.

Royal Society Publishing
Royal Society Publishing is the publishing arm of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. It "publishes nine journals covering the broad spectrum of the life sciences, physical sciences and cross-disciplinary sciences." The Royal Society makes its journal archives freely available for any articles more than 70 years old, some back as far as 1665. View works by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and many more.
In 2011, Royal Society Publishing launched Open Biology, a new open access journal covering biology at the molecular and cellular level.

TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN)
"TrainingFinder is the most comprehensive database of nationwide learning opportunities for professionals who protect the public's health. TRAIN allows users to quickly find and register for many courses listed on Train.org and participating TRAIN affiliate sites, track your learning with personal online transcripts, access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience, and stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise." TRAIN is a service of the Public Health Foundation.


General

Public Health InfoLinks: Public Health Sites - By Country (Rollins School of Public Health, Public Health InfoLinks)
They also provide a list of international agencies.

Resources Of Scholarly Societies: Health Sciences (University of Waterloo Electronic Library)


» Public Health Internet Resources


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