Online Resources: Health Science

Online Resources: Health Science



Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.
American Geriatrics Society
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists.

We provide leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient careresearchprofessional  and public education, and public policy.

American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Databases, Tables & Calculations by Subject.
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Watch a short video to get to know about us and our work, mission, and vision. Or watch a longer version to also get to know the programs we administer including: Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Directories Health Professionals, Facilities, and Services
MedlinePlus provides links to directories to help you find libraries, health professionals, services and facilities. NLM does not endorse or recommend the organizations that produce these directories, nor the individuals or organizations that are included in the directories.
Global Health: Science and Practice
Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) Journal welcome you to our no-fee, open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal. GHSP aims to improve health practice, especially in low- and middle-income countries, by publishing current research and program experiences. GHSP is a unique journal because it focuses on the lessons learned and the “how” of global health programs; lessons and details that are often buried in grey literature.
FASEB: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
FASEB is made up of 30 scientific member societies, representing over 125,000 researchers from around the world. 

FASEB’s members are scientific societies that share a common vision for the advancement of research and education in biological and biomedical sciences.

The FASEB Directory of Members is an online searchable database of individual members of our member societies and considered by many to be an essential reference for the life science community.
From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Find services & information; locate a doctor, health center, organization or public library.
Health Organizations
A collection of organizations providing health information in alphabetical order or by topic, from MedlinePlus.
Healthy People 2020
Healthy People provide science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions and measure the impact of prevention activities.
Healthy People 2020: Data Search
National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly called the Institute Of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions  within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
National Association Of Community Health Center
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was founded in 1971 to “promote the provision of high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care that is coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all medically underserved populations.”

Community Health Centers serve as the primary medical home for over 25 million people in 9,800 rural and urban communities across America.  These community-based “family doctors” enjoy longstanding bipartisan support by Administrations and policymakers at all levels, as well as in both the private and public sectors.

National Cardiovascular Disease Surveillance
The CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s Data Trends & Maps online tool allows you to search for and view health indicators related to Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. You can search on the basis of a specific location or a health indicator.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Search the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA Science:Earth
Earth is a complex, dynamic system we do not yet fully understand. The Earth system, like the human body, comprises diverse components that interact in complex ways. We need to understand the Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere as a single connected system. Our planet is changing on all spatial and temporal scales. The purpose of NASA’s Earth science program is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth’s system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards.

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Social Determinants of Health Maps
One of CDC’s four overarching Health Protection Goals is “Healthy People in Healthy Places.” This goal addresses the idea that the places where people live, work, learn, and play will protect and promote their health and safety, especially those people at greater risk of health disparities.

Social determinants of health are factors in the social environment that contribute to or detract from the health of individuals and communities. These factors include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Socioeconomic status
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Access to services
  • Discrimination by social grouping (e.g., race, gender, or class)
  • Social or environmental stressors
United States Census Bureau: Health
Health statistics are increasingly important in measuring the nation’s overall well-being. The Census Bureau provides accurate, detailed, and up-to-date statistics—covering people and business—relating to health in America.
United States Census Bureau: Education
This section provides information on a range of educational topics, from educational attainment and school enrollment to school districts, costs and financing.

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services.  National Partnership For Action To End Health Disparities
To support community efforts in the goal of ending health disparities and promoting health equity, the Office of Minority Health has released the new NPA Toolkit for Community Action. Through this toolkit, community members will have the information and resources they need to help engage fellow citizens and local media as they spread the word about health disparities and educate others about the impact disparities have in the lives of individuals and the greater impact on society.
U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 152 hospitals; 800 community based outpatient clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliaries.
Vaccination Coverage in the United States
The VaxView websites provide vaccination coverage data for all ages. Monitoring coverage for recommended vaccinations across the country helps CDC assess how well local areas, states, and the nation are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Women, Infants and Children Program
WIC helps families by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, vouchers for healthy foods, and referrals to healthcare and other community services.
World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
World Health Organization: Data
Global Health Observatory. WHO’s gateway to health-related statistics for more than 1000 indicators for its 194 Member States.
World Health Organization: Health Topics
The pages linked to below contain links to WHO projects, initiatives, activities, information products, and contacts, organized by health and development topics.
World Health Organization: Social Determinants Of Health
The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.
World Watch Institute
Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.