Govt & Education Websites

Government Websites


AbleData
This federally funded initiative serves the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities by providing objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment.

Administration on Aging
US Dept of Health & Human Services seeks to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
The U.S. Congress created the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center in 1990 to “compile, archive, and disseminate information concerning Alzheimer’s disease” for health professionals, people with AD and their families, and the public.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Information & Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The CDC offers information on topics such as healthy living, diseases & conditions, emergency preparedness, environmental health, traveler’s advisories, and workplace safety.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Part of the US Dept of Health & Human Services, this federal agency administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

DigitalLiteracy.gov
This is the destination for digital literacy resources and collaboration and for sharing and enhancing the tools necessary to learn computer and Internet skills needed in today’s global work environment. Topics include using a computer or mobile device, software & applications, etc.

Disability.gov
Disability.gov connects you to important information about disability benefits, health care and housing programs, as well as tools and resources for students making the transition from high school to college or work. You can also learn about programs in your community that can help you find a job, access transportation and get the services and supports you need to live independently.

Eldercare Locator
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that helps older adults and their caregivers find resources and services in their area

FDA’s Mobile Medical Applications Guidance (43-page PDF)
Contains nonbinding recommendations for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.

Food & Drug Administration
The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, blood transfusions, medical devices, devices emitting electromagnetic radiation, veterinary products, and cosmetics.

FoodSafety.gov
Get alerts on life-saving food recalls and helpful tips for keeping food safe, from the trusted source for food safety information from the federal government.

FLU.gov
Get everyday actions for preventing the flu; learn about the symptoms and treatment for those with the flu virus.  Find a place near you to get a flu shot; all ages should be vaccinated this year.

Health & Human Services
HHS is the nation’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.

Healthy Sleep
Healthy Sleep aims to help the general public understand sleep and to get the sleep they need. It is based on the belief that sleep is of equal importance to two other key aspects of health: proper nutrition and regular exercise.

HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC)
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports a large number of programs to prevent and manage MCC that pose a significant and increasing burden on the health of Americans.

HealthCare.gov
This government website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to help you take health care into your own hands. Find insurance options. Learn about prevention. Compare care quality. Understand the law.

Health.Data.Gov
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, kind of like what NOAA did for Weather information.

HealthFinder.gov
A government Web site with health information and tools, including the Quick Guide to Healthy Living, to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

HealthIT.gov
Learn about Health information technology (health IT), which makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people’s health information.

Health Reform in Action | The White House
What the New Health Law Means for You and Your Family

Hospital Locator & Comparison
The Hospital Compare website was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to promote reporting on hospital quality of care. Find care facilities by zip code and compare them with peers using medical records data the hospitals voluntarily submit about the treatments their patients receive. We like the service but think it needs patient input too, like Angie’s List.

Home Use Devices: How to Prepare for & Handle Power Outages
FDA gives advice for medical devices that require electricity. 20-page booklet (PDF) includes personal emergency contacts.

Insurance Company Rate Increases
Find out about your own insurance company and how they justify their increases at Healthcare.gov.

Let’s Move!
Join America’s move to raise a healthier generation of kids. Learn the facts about raising healthier kids through physical activity and nutrition.

LongTermCare.gov
The Administration for Community Living, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.

Medicare.gov
Official U.S. Government site for Medicare

Medicare and Home Health Care
32-page PDF booklet covering who is eligible, covered services, how to find & compare home health agencies, and your Medicare rights

Medicare Provider Charge Data
This database reveals previously secret information about what hospitals charge for common inpatient services, showing significant variation across the country. Read about it at Secret Hospital Charges Disclosed.

My Family Health Portrait
A free PHR by HSS.gov and built on Microsoft HealthVault. Enter your family health history. Print and share with family or your health care worker. Save so you can update it over time. Integrate with EMR / PHR.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The NCCAM is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care needs.

National Institutes of Health
NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency, making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier.

National Institutes of Health works 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 Institute on Aging
The NIA has been at the forefront of the Nation’s research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.

NIH Senior Health
NIHSeniorHealth.gov makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Patient-Centered Medical Home
The US Department of Health & Human Services hosts this Resource Center with information on the PCMH, also called the Primary Care Medical Home. PCHM is a starting point for a new model of transforming the delivery of primary care. As I describe here, the name is a bit confusing, so here are other articles on the topic.

Physician Compare
Search by location (zip code or city/state) and specialty for information about Medicare-enrolled Physicians and Healthcare Professionals and compare how patients rate their experience with doctors as well as how the doctors perform on a dashboard of clinical and outcomes measures.

Physicians for a National Health Program
PNHP is a non-profit research and education organization of 18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.

HHS.gov/Recovery
See what HHS is doing to implement and manage health and human service programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Find information on programs, plans, reports, updates, announcements and how HHS is doing its part to help jumpstart the economy.

Senior Citizen’s Resources
Additional resource links at USA.gov

Single Payer FAQ
Excellent coverage of the need for health reform and the Public option (e.g. Medicare for All), by Physicians for a National Health Program.

SleepScholar
Educational Resources for Sleep Professionals

Social Security Administration
The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration

StopMedicareFraud.gov 
Learn how to spot Medicare fraud and report it when you witness it to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse. You can also learn how to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft.

United We Ride
A federal inter-agency initiative aimed at improving the availability, quality, and efficient delivery of transportation services for older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with lower incomes.

USDA’s ChoseMyPlate.gov
The USDA promotes the nutrition and well-being of Americans through dietary guidelines and nutrient content on the U.S. Food Supply.

VA Caregiver Support
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers this website about Caring for those who Care.

Links to Additional Resources from USA.Gov

  • Caregivers’ Resources
    Help providing care, benefits, long-distance caregiving, legal matters, support for caregivers…
  • Food, Nutrition, and Fitness
    Dietary guidelines, food safety, nutrition, fitness, exercise, weight loss and control, food stamps…
  • Health and Nutrition: Online Services
    Body mass calculator, checkups online, clinic locator, dialysis facilities, score your diet…
  • Health by Population Group
    African American health, Native American health, children’s health, men’s health, women’s health…
  • Health Insurance
    Medicaid, Medicare, prescription drug coverage…
  • Health News and Resources
    Health news and resources, disease prevention, health data, hospital comparison…
  • Health Services in Your Community
    Doctor and dentist directories, eldercare locators, nursing home comparison, public health clinic locator, state health agencies…
  • Health Topics A-Z
    Find a comprehensive list of topics from MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Prescription Drugs
    Lookup drug interactions, compare drugs, learn about Medicare prescription drug coverage, verify your medication’s appearance…

Note that many of the websites listed include their own resource lists, so be sure to look there too. And of course you can do an online search search engine.

 

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