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Consumer Health Resources

Internet links are being provided as an additional source for consumer information. Please note that these sites are not maintained by Public Citizen and we are not responsible for their content.

CONSUMER GROUPS/ASSOCIATIONS

AIDS
For information on AIDs and HIV transmission, you may want to visit hivinsite.ucsf.edu.

American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
818 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
(212) 728-9860
www.midwife.org

American Health Information Management Association - general information on medical records and state statutes regarding patient access
919 North Michigan Avenue
#1400
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2672
www.ahima.org

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) - nutrition, food, additives
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-9110
www.cspinet.org

Center for Medical Consumers - information clearinghouse on common surgical procedures
237 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 674-7105
www.medicalconsumers.org

Childbirth Connection - promotes safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care
281 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 777-5000
www.childbirthconnection.org

Everybody In, Nobody Out - grass roots organization working for universal health care.  Their mission is education and mobilization of the public, the stimulation of debate, and the encouragement of moving the states and country towards a more humane and equitable system which guarantees universal access to health care for all Americans.
www.EverybodyInNobodyOut.org

Medicare Rights Center (formerly Medicare Beneficiaries Defense Fund) - Medicare counseling hotline and informational pamphlets
1460 Broadway
8th floor
New York, NY 10036-7393
(212) 869-3850
www.medicarerights.org

National Health Law Program - focus on analysis of legislative changes affecting low-income health consumers. Call if you have questions about Medicaid, managed care, federal funding for children's preventive care, government responsibility to provide care, or how to understand your state or local health care system
www.healthlaw.org

National Women's Health Network - a consumer advocacy group giving women a greater voice in the health care system
514 10th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-1140
www.nwhn.org

NO FREE LUNCH -  An organization of health care providers -- physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, among others -- who believe that pharmaceutical  promotion should not guide clinical practice, and that over-zealous promotional practices can lead to bad patient care. The organization's  goal is to encourage health care practitioners to provide high quality care based on unbiased evidence rather than on biased pharmaceutical promotion.

They inform health care providers as well as the general public about pharmaceutical industry efforts to promote their products and influence prescribing; provide evidence that promotion does in fact influence health care provider behavior, often in ways that run counter to good patient care; and provide products that can replace pharmaceutical company paraphernalia and spread the message.
www.nofreelunch.org  

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - membership group of physicians and health care workers promoting single-payer national health insurance and access to health care
332 S. Michigan, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 554-0382; fax (312) 554-0383
www.pnhp.org


GOVERNMENT AGENCIES/INTERNET SITES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - practical health care information, research etc. to help consumers make informed decisions about health care issues.
www.ahrq.gov

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
www.cdc.gov

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - medicare and medicaid information
www.cms.hhs.gov

Consumer.gov - "one-stop" web site to access multiple federal consumer information resources. Information contributed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administraion, National Highway Traffic Safety Administraion and the Securities and Exchange Commission
www.consumer.gov

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Washington, DC 20207
(800) 638-2772 toll-free hotline
(800) 638-8270 toll-free hotline for hearing impaired
info@cpsc.gov email
www.cpsc.gov

Food and Drug Administration
Office of Consumer Affairs
FDA/HFE-88
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(800) 532-4440 or (301) 443-3285
(301) 443-9767 fax
www.fda.gov

Mammography - www.fda.gov/CDRH/MAMMOGRAPHY/certified.html - listing of facilities providing mammography which are certified by the FDA as meeting baseline quality standards.

HealthFinder - a gateway site to help consumers find health and human services information quickly. It includes links to more than 1,250 sites including government, university and other consumer health resources.
www.healthfinder.gov

Health and Human Servies (HHS)
www.hhs.gov

Institute of Medicine - part of the National Academy of Sciences; they publish objective and authoritative information on a variety of health topics.
www.iom.edu

NIH - access point to the consumer health resources of the National Institutes of Health
www.nih.gov/health

Cancernet cancernet.nci.nih.gov - information on specific cancers. Also contains a directory of genetic counselors, physicians, geneticists and nurses.

Medline - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov  - published medical information coordinated by the National Library of Medicine.

National Institute on Aging - www.nih.gov/nia - covers a wide range of topics including specific diseases or health conditions to treatments and research.

NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health)
4676 Columbia Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45226
(513) 533-8328
www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html

National Technical Information Service (NTIS), part of the Department of Commerce, this site has information on US government products that deal with health and safety.
www.ntis.gov

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
Information and Consumer Affairs
(202) 219-8151
www.osha.gov

Women's Health Information Center, a 'gateway' site that has attempted to organize information on health issues for women to a single point of entry. This site includes links to government clearinghouses and many private sector organizations.
(800) 994-WOMAN
www.4woman.org


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