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The National Health Information Center (NHIC) helps the public and health professionals locate health information through identification of health information resources, an information and referral system, and publications. NHIC uses a database containing descriptions of health-related organizations to refer inquirers to the most appropriate resources. NHIC does not diagnose medical conditions or give medical advice. NHIC prepares and distributes publications and directories on health promotion and disease prevention topics. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
HEALTH RESOURCES and SERVICES
Administration Information Center
The HRSA Information center provides publications, resources, and referrals on health care services for medically underserved individuals and populations. Trained information specialists answer questions, refer callers to subject-specific information resources, and provide HRSA publications. Spanish-speaking information specialists are available. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time).
National Information Center on
HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH and HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY
The 1993 NIH Revitalization Act created a National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) at the National Library of Medicine. The center works closely with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to improve the dissemination of the results of health services research, with special emphasis on the growing body of evidence reports and technology assessments, which provide organizations with comprehensive, science-based information on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National HEART, LUNG, and BLOOD
Institute Health Information Center
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Health Information Center serves as a source of information and materials on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Services include dissemination of public education materials, programmatic and scientific information for health professionals, and materials on worksite health, as well as responses to information requests. Materials on cardiovascular health are available to consumers and professionals. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National Resource and Training
Center on HOMELESSNESS and MENTAL ILLNESS
The National Resource and Training Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness is the only National center specifically focused on the effective organization and delivery of services for people who are homeless and have serious mental illnesses. The center's activities enable the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) to facilitate service system change through field-based knowledge development, synthesis, exchange, and adoption of effective practices. The center maintains an extensive database of published and unpublished materials, prepares customized database searches, holds workshops and national conferences, and provides technical assistance to CMHS grantees and other service providers. Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time).
HUD USER (HOUSING and Urban Development)
HUD USER disseminates publications for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research. HUD USER offers database searches on housing research and provides reports on housing safety, housing for elderly and handicapped persons, and lead-based paint. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
Information Specialists provide information, referrals, and publications on indoor air quality in residential, school, and commercial settings. Information includes pollution sources, health effects and control methods. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays); voicemail 24 hours a day.
National INJURY Information Clearinghouse
Sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the clearinghouse collects and disseminates information on the causes and prevention of death, injury, and illness associated with consumer products. It compiles data obtained from accident reports, consumer complaints, death certificates, news clips, and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System operated by the CPSC. Publications include statistical analyses of data and hazard and accident patterns. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National KIDNEY and UROLOGIC
DISEASES Information Clearinghouse
The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) 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 inquiries, e-mail, and telephone requests, develops and distributes publications about kidney and urologic diseases, and provides referrals to kidney and urologic disease organizations, including support groups. NKUDIC maintains a database of patient and professional education materials from which literature searches are generated. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National LEAD Information Center
The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. NLIC provides information on lead poisoning and children, lead-based paint, a list of local and State contacts who can help, and other lead-related questions. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
MATERNAL and CHILD HEALTH Information
The Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center (MCHIRC) is dedicated to the goal of helping MCH practitioners on the Federal, State, and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking. MCHIRC is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Office of Data and Information Management. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time).
MATERNAL and CHILD HEALTH Library
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library at Georgetown University provides the MCH community with accurate and timely information on a broad range of topics. Materials include the weekly newsletter MCH Alert, resource guides, full text publications, databases, and links to quality MCH sites. The MCH Library is funded under a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National MATERNAL and CHILD ORAL
HEALTH Resource Center
The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. ORHC collaborates with Federal, State, and local agencies; national and state organizations and associations; and foundations, to gather, develop, and share quality and valued information and materials. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center (NMHIC) is the first point of contact for any U.S. citizen seeking help for a mental health problem. NMHIC operates a call center with staff trained to respond to inquiries and refer callers to appropriate state and local resources. The call center has information specialists (including Spanish-speaking specialists) taking calls on the toll-free telephone number every weekday. The Web site offers access to publications and other mental health resource materials. U.S. citizens can log on to the Web site anytime and anywhere using handheld devices. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
Office of MINORITY HEALTH Resource Center
The center responds to information requests from health professionals and consumers on minority health issues and locates sources of technical assistance. It provides referrals to relevant organizations and distributes materials. Spanish-speaking operators are available. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).