National Health Information Center

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is sponsored by ODPHP. NHIC supports public health education and promotion by maintaining a calendar of National Health Observances. In addition, NHIC helps connect health professionals and consumers to the organizations that can best answer their questions by providing up-to-date contact information for the most reliable resources.

NHIC updates the following information each year:

  • National Health Observances
  • Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses
  • Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information

National Health Observances

National Health Observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. By supporting NHOs, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest

View the NHO calendar [PDF – 1.4 MB].

Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses

Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses provide free public information and resources. Many offer toll-free numbers and websites. Their services include:

  • Distributing publications
  • Providing referrals
  • Answering questions

Search the 2014 Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses.

Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information

These organizations offer health-related information, education, and support over the phone. They don’t diagnose or recommend treatment for any disease. Some of the toll-free numbers use recorded messages, while others offer personalized counseling and referrals.

Search the 2014 Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information.