Web Resources in Public Health
For information on finding additional Internet resources, see Searching for and Evaluating Web Resources.
- California Department of Managed Health Care.
The California Department of Managed Health Care, a first-in-the-nation consumer rights project, was launched on July 1, 2000 to help Californians resolve problems with their HMO as well as ensure a better, more solvent and stable managed health care system. This site contains sections on how to get help with an HMO, a press room, information on publications and regulations in addition to related links.
- Public Health Information and Data Tutorial
The tutorial is a collaborative project of the National Library of Medicine, University of Michigan Public Health Library & Informatics Division, and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce. It is a tool designed to help the public health workforce effectively locate and use health information, as well as manage the wealth of information available from myriad sources.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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. CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and world to monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthful environments, and provide leadership and training.
- U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS (formerly The Health Care Financing Administration) now provides health insurance for over 74 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP. In addition to providing health insurance, CMS also performs a number of quality-focused activities, including regulation of laboratory testing (CLIA), development of coverage policies, and quality-of-care improvement. CMS 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.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA’s 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. Their work is a blending of law and science aimed at protecting consumers. FDA has streamlined its review process in recent years to help speed important new medical treatments to patients. The last several years have seen an increase in the number and severity of food-borne illnesses around the country. FDA has launched a major initiative to prevent the spread of these food-related infections. A similar initiative aims at improving the safety practices in the blood banking and plasma industries.
- World Health Organization
The WHO is an international organization that provides health information on an international scale. The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. One of the main functions of the WHO is to act as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work. In support of this function, WHO may make suitable arrangements for consultation and cooperation with non-governmental rganizations (NGO’s) in carrying out its international health work.