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Administration on Aging
200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 309F
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 401-4541

Government agency that assists in building community systems and assessing needs of the elderly.


Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
919 North Michigan, Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60611
(800) 272-3900

Association that offers referrals to local chapters and support groups; provides publications.


Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral
P. O. Box 8250
Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250
(301) 495-3311 or (800) 438-4380

Center sponsored by the National Institute on Aging; provides information and publications on Alzheimer’s disease to health care professionals, patients and their families, and the general public.


AARP (American Association of Retired
601 E. Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20049
(202) 434-2277

National organization that advocates for rights of older adults; maintains a strong network of local chapters; provides numerous educational materials, publications, and program support.


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1233 Twentieth Street, NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-7643 or (800) 7-ASTHMA

Voluntary organization that provides general information, publications and videos; sponsors support groups, research grants, and professional education and patient advocacy.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Inquiries, Mgmt Analysis & Service
1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mail Stop E-72
Atlanta, GA 30333
(404) 639-3534 or (800) 311-3435

Government agency that provides information on a vast number of health topics, including violent/abusive behavior, environmental health, unintentional injuries, occupational safety, and other topics.


CDC National Prevention Information
(formerly known as CDC National AIDS
Clearinghouse )
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
P. O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849-6003
(800) 458-5231

The CDC National Prevention Information Network provides timely, accurate, and relevant information on HIV/AIDS to people working in prevention, health care, research, and support services. It offers comprehensive reference and referral services.


Environmental Protection Agency
Public Information Center
401 M Street, SW, #3404
Washington, D.C. 20460
(202) 260-2080

Government office that provides non-technical information about environmental health issues and EPA. Information is available on drinking water, air quality, pesticides, radon, indoor air, Superfund, recycling, and many other environmental topics.


ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching & Teacher
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 610
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-2450 or (800) 822-9229

U.S. Department of Education program that collects and processes journals and research literature for ERIC database; offers health, physical education, recreation, and dance resources; useful for teachers and others.


Food and Drug Administration
Consumer Inquiries
5600 Fishers Lane (HFE-88)
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3170 or (301) 827-4420

Government agency that disseminates information regarding nutrition and food and drug safety.


Food and Nutrition Information Center
Rural Information Center
National Agriculture Library
10301 Baltimore Blvd., Rm 304
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 504-5719 or (800) 633-7701

Library maintained by the Department of Agriculture that provides information on nutrition, food services, and food technology. Will do literature searches and provide information on grants for rural areas.


Head Start Bureau, DHHS
P. O. Box 1182
Washington, D.C. 20013

Government program that provides information on Comprehensive Child Development Centers and other Head Start Programs.


Health Promotion Resource Center
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 752-1622

Center that disseminates materials and information on health topics, with special emphasis on low-income urban and rural minority populations; offers technical assistance to low-income communities in establishing health promotion activities.


Health Promotion Resource Center
Stanford Ctr. for Research in Disease
1000 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1885
(415) 723-0003; FAX (415) 498-7775

Distributes community-based print, video materials for lay public and professionals involved in health promotion process, stress management, youth activities, injury prevention, and other topics noted. Also offers health risk appraisals and Spanish language materials.


Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
409 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024-2188
(202) 863-2458; FAX (202) 554-4346

Informal association of organizations with an interest in child and maternal health; fosters efforts to educate pregnant women; provides general information to health professionals and the general public.


Indoor Air Quality Information
P. O. Box 37133
Washington, D.C. 20013-7133
(800) 438-4318; FAX (202) 484-1510
e-mail: iaqinfo@aol.com

Specialists provide information, referrals, publications, and database searches on indoor air quality. Information includes pollutants and sources, health effects, control methods, commercial building operations and maintenance, standards and guidelines, and federal and state legislation.


Institute for Cancer Prevention
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 953-1900

Non-profit research organization for disease prevention and health promotion. Offers school health promotion program called “Know Your
Body,” designed to help students develop skills for making positive health choices.


National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
(301) 495-4484 or TDD (301) 565-2966

NAMSIC is a service of the National Institutes of Health that provides printed information about arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases to health professionals and the general public including patients’ family and friends.


National Asthma Education Program
NHLBI Information Center
P. O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(301) 251-1222; FAX (301) 251-1223

Program of NHLBI that works with intermediaries (such as medical associations, voluntary health organizations, and community programs) to educate patients, health professionals, and the public about asthma and related disorders.


National Cancer Institute (NCI)
31 Center Drive MSC 2580
Building 31, Room 10A16
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
(800) 4-CANCER or (800) 422-6237

The Cancer Information Services (CIS) is a nationwide network of 19 regional field offices supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that provides accurate, up-to-date information on cancer to patients and their families, health care professionals, and the general public. The CIS can provide specific information in English and Spanish about particular types of cancer, as well as information on how to obtain second opinions and the availability of clinical trails. Each CIS office has access to the NCI treatment database PDQ, which offers callers the most current state-of-the art treatment and clinical trial information.


National Center for Education in Maternal
and Child Health
2000 15th Street North, Suite 701
Arlington, VA 22201-2617
(703) 524-7802

Organization that provides general and technical assistance, develops professional educational and reference materials on issues relating to public policy and program development in maternal and child health.


National Center for Health Statistics
6525 Belcrest Road, Room 1064
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 436-8500

The Center is the federal government’s principal vital and health statistics agency. Provides reference, inquiry, and referral services. Produces series of publications–some free of charge. Catalogs of electronic and printed products are available.


National Cholesterol Education Program
NHLBI Information Center
P. O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(301) 251-1222; FAX (301) 251-1223

NHLBI program that has developed recommendations, guidelines, and educational materials related to cholesterol.


National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and
Drug Information (NCADI)
P. O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847
(301) 468-2600 or (800) 729-6686

Organization that provides the latest information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in media formats, including printed material and videos; publishes the bi-monthly“Prevention Pipeline,” resource guides and a quarterly catalog. Maintains the Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness (RADAR) network of resource centers in the U.S. and territories.


National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and
Neglect Information
P. O. Box 1182
Washington, D.C. 20013-1182
(703) 385-7565 or (800) FYI-3366

Major national resource for the acquisition and dissemination of child abuse and neglect reference materials. The Clearinghouse seeks to meet the information needs of researchers, practitioners, and professionals working with children and families. There is a database of more than 22,000 child abuse and neglect and child welfare documents that is accessible both
through the Clearinghouse Home Page and on a CD-ROM that is available free of charge to libraries, universities, and other qualified institutions. The Clearinghouse also distributes training resources, research studies, statistical
reports, state statutes summaries, and annotated bibliographies. A free catalog of publications and services is available.


National Clearinghouse for Primary Health
Care Information
2070 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 450
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 821-8955, ext. 248

Clearinghouse that provides information to support the delivery of health care to areas that have shortages of medical personnel and services; materials include: governing boards, financial management, sexually transmitted diseases, lead poisoning, administrative management, and clinical care.


National Coalition for Adult Immunizations
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 750
Bethesda, MD 20814-5228
(301) 656-0003

The National Coalition for Adult Immunization, formed in 1988, is a network of organizations dedicated to promoting adult immunization, primarily through educational and motivational activities. The goal of NCAI is to raise
immunization levels in high-risk and other adult target groups by increasing awareness of physicians, other healthcare providers, and the general public about the need for and the benefits of immunization.


National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
332 S. Michigan, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 663-3520

National organization that publishes monographs, booklets, and pamphlets; provides research, training and technical assistance, and prevention programs.


National Council on Patient Information &
666 11th Street, NW, Suite 810
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 347-6711

Council that provides information on programs, services, and materials that promote the safe use of medicines.


National Diabetes Information
Clearinghouse (NDIC)
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
(301) 654-3327

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) is an information and referral service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health. The Clearinghouse responds to written inquires, develops and distributes publications about
diabetes, and provides referrals to diabetes organizations, including support groups. The NDIC maintains a database of patient and professional education materials, from which literature searches are generated.


National Digestive Diseases Information
Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
(301) 654-3810

The National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is an information and referral service of the National Institute of Digestive and Kidney Disease, one of the National Institutes of Health. The Clearinghouse responds to written inquires, develops and distributes publications about
digestive diseases, and provides referrals to digestive diseases organizations, including support groups. The NDDIC maintains a database of patient and professional education materials, from which literature searches are


National Eye Education Program
2020 Vision Place
Bethesda, MD 20892-3655
(301) 496-5248 or (800) 869-2020

Program of the National Eye Institute (NIH); implements eye health education programs for the public and health professionals, including
national campaigns and health education materials.


National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 770-3000

Objective is to reduce the burden of fire on the quality of life by advocating
scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, and education for fire and related safety issues.


National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 750
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-0003

Non-profit organization, the mission of which is to support research into the causes of and cures for infectious diseases; to aid in or foster the prevention of infectious diseases; and to encourage, sponsor, and conduct public and professional education programs. NFID also coordinates the National Coalition for Adult Immunization.


National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
31 Center Drive, MSC2480
Room 4A21
Bethesda, MD 20892-2480
(301) 496-4236

Organization that provides national leadership for national programs and research related to the cause, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and blood diseases; disseminates numerous educational materials
for the public and health professionals.


National High Blood Pressure Education
NHLBI Information Center
P. O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(301) 592-8573; FAX (301) 592-8563

Center that provides educational messages to the public concerning high blood pressure.


National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA)
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20590
(202) 366-4000

Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation that publishes brochures, flyers, statistical reports, videotapes, and other information about safety belts, car seats, pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle safety, and drunk and impaired driving.


National Information Center for Children
and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P. O. Box 1492
Washington, D.C. 20013-1492
(202) 884-8441 or (800) 695-0285

NICHCY is an information clearinghouse that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues. Children and youth with disabilities (birth to age 22) are their special focus. Anyone may contact NICHCY
for information.


National Injury Information Clearinghouse
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Washington, D.C. 20207-0001
(301) 504-0424

National organization that publishes monographs, booklets, and pamphlets; provides research, training and technical assistance, and prevention programs.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Diseases
31 Center Drive, Room 9A04
MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
(301) 496-3583

Conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting the public health. The Institute encompasses the broad spectrum of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, inborn errors of metabolism, endocrine disorders, mineral metabolism, digestive diseases, nutrition, urology and renal disease, and hematology. Basic research studies include biochemistry; nutrition; pathology; histochemistry; chemistry; physical, chemical,
and molecular biology; pharmacology; and toxicology.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Division of Public Information
9000 Rockville Pike, Bldg. 31, Room 2B25
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-2535

Division of NIH that provides information on selected health topics, including environmental health and nutrition.


National Institute of Mental Health
5600 Fishers Lane 7C02
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-4513
TDD (301) 443-8431
FAX (301) 443-0008
(301) 433-5158 On Demand System
DEPRESSION (800) 421-4211
(888) 8ANXIET
e-mail: nimhpubs@nih.gov.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of NIH responds to information requests from the lay public, clinicians, and the scientific community. Subjects include a basic behavioral research,
neuroscience of mental health, rural mental health, children’s mental disorders, schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, panic, obsessive compulsive, and other anxiety disorders. It distributes information and
publications on Depression/Awareness, Recognition, and Treatment Program (D/ART) and on the Anxiety Disorders Education Program, NIMH-sponsored educational programs on depressive and anxiety disorders, their symptoms and treatments. A list of NIMH publications, including several in Spanish, is available upon request.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders
& Stroke
9000 Rockville Pike, Bldg. 31, Room 8A06
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-5751

Organization that disseminates information on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke.


National Institute for Occupational Safety &
4676 Columbia Parkway, Mail Stop C-19
Cincinnati, OH 45226
(800) 356-4674

Organization that provides a number of services including health hazard evaluations of worksites, fatal accident investigation, extramural grants, databases, educational resources, and publications.


National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse
3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
(301) 654-4415

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) is an information and referral services of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health. The clearinghouse responds to written inquires, develops and distributes publications about kidney and urologic diseases, and provides referrals to digestive disease organizations, including support groups.
NKUDIC maintains a database of patient and professional education materials from which literature searches are generated.


National Mental Health Association
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
(703) 684-7722

The National Mental Health Association, through its national office and more than 330 affiliates nationwide, is dedicated to improving the mental health of all individuals and achieving victory over mental illnesses. NMHA accomplishes its mission as a force of social change through advocacy, prevention, public education, information, and referral.


National Osteoporosis Foundation
1150 17th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 223-2226 or (800) 223-9994

Non-profit organization that provides direct support for research; sponsors a national annual campaign; provides resource materials on osteoporosis for health care professionals and the public.


National Resource Center for Rural Elderly
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1747; FAX (816) 235-5193

The National Resource Center for Rural Elderly (NRCRE) is a nationwide focal point for programs and services for rural elders. The Center supports state units on aging, rural areas agencies on aging, and other institutions and
individuals as they seek to improve the quality of life of older Americans. Through 20 publications and a newsletter, the Center links the best practical knowledge and direct experience with the latest research findings to provide practical expertise and consultation on rural programs.


National Resource Center on Child SA
200 Westside Square, Suite 700
Huntsville, AL 35801-4816
(205) 534-6868 or (800) 543-7006

Organization that offers referrals for sexual assault treatment and a listing of professionals; provides assistance to communities; publishes a bi-monthly newsletter.


National Resource Center on Homeless and
Mental Illness
262 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
(800) 444-7415

Center that provides information and technical assistance concerning the needs of homeless, mentally ill persons.


National Rural Electric Cooperative
4301 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 907-5500

Organization concerned with the health needs of rural Americans.


National Safe Kids Campaign
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 662-0600

Program that provides information materials to help increase awareness of the problem of childhood injury; designs programs to be implemented in communities to create a safer environment for children.


National Safety Council
Customer Service Department
P. O. Box 558
Itasca, Illinois 60143-0558
(800) 621-7619

The mission of the National Safety Council is to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health, and environmental policies, practices,
and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.


National Stroke Association
96 Inverness Drive East, Suite I
Englewood, CO 80112-5112
(303) 649-9299 or (800) STROKES

Non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for stroke prevention, rehabilitation, research, and survivor support; offers a wide selection of materials including videotapes, audiotapes, journals, brochures, and booklets
for continuing education, staff training, and the public.


National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 450
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 821-8955, ext. 249

Clearinghouse that provides information and materials on SIDS, apnea, and other related issues.


National Health Information Center
P. O. Box 1133
Washington, D.C. 20013-1133
(800) 336-4797

Government contract, funded by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Provides publications and resource guides for
shipping and handling fees. Provides referrals to national organizations for health-related information.


The Substance Abuse & Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Office of Communications
Parklawn Building, Room 13C05
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-8956

Government agency that provides education on alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health.


Sudden Death Infant Syndrome (SIDS)
1314 Bedford Avenue, Suite 210
Baltimore, MD 21208
(800) 221-SIDS

Private, voluntary organization to help families of SIDS babies; has a wide variety of information offered to the pubic; referrals for support groups and hospitals.


Washington Business Group on Health
777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 408-9320

Organization that provides information regarding current worksite health promotion programs in American corporations, including bibliographies of low cost and free materials; provides lists of vendors offering services.


Wellness Councils of America
Community Health Plaza
7101 Newport Avenue, Suite 311
Omaha, NE 68152-2175

Organization that provides the publication Health People at the Worksite 2000: An Information Kit; supports community-based Wellness Councils, especially in worksite health promotion activities. Also produces a health newsletter for distribution to employees and health brochure.

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  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
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