Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses
Select information center and clearinghouse information from the keyword or alphabetical lists below. (Tip: the keywords are presented in all capital letters.)
National HEALTH Information CenterP.O. Box 1133
Washington, DC 20013-1133
(301) 984-4256 (Fax)
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 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).
SAMHSA’S HEALTH INFORMATION NetworkP.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
(877) SAMHSA-7 (726-4727)
(240) 221-4292 (Fax)
SAMHSA’s Health Information Network (SHIN) is central to SAMHSA’s mission to disseminate information and products to promote the adoption of effective prevention, intervention, and treatment policies, programs, and practices; provide access to scientific research on substance abuse and mental health issues; and serve as a first point of contact for individuals seeking information or treatment resources.
HEALTH RESOURCES and SERVICES Administration Information CenterP.O. Box 2910
Merrifield, VA 22118
(888) ASK-HRSA (275-4772)
(877) 4TY-HRSA (489-4772) (TTY)
(703) 821-2098 (Fax)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (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, except Federal holidays).
National Information Center on HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH and Health Care TechnologyNational Library of Medicine
Building 38A, Room 4S-410
8600 Rockville Pike, MSC 3833
Bethesda, MD 20894
(301) 402-3193 (Fax)
The 1993 NIH Revitalization Act created a National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology 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 CenterP.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(240) 629-3255 (TTY)
(301) 592-8563 (Fax)
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. The NHLBI plans and directs research in development and evaluation of interventions and devices related to prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients suffering from such diseases and disorders. For health professionals and the public, the NHLBI conducts educational activities, including development and dissemination of materials in the above areas, with an emphasis on prevention. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National HEMATOLOGIC DISESASES Information Service7 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3571
(703) 738-4929 (Fax)
The National Hematologic Diseases Information Service (NHDIS) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NHDIS provides information about hematologic diseases to people with hematologic diseases and to their families, health care professionals, and the public. The NHDIS answers inquiries, develops and distributes publications, and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about hematologic diseases. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
HOMELESSNESS Resource CenterSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
c/o Center for Social Innovation
189 Wells Avenue, Suite 200
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 467-6015 (Fax)
The Homelessness Resource Center (HRC), a Center for Mental Health Services information and resources initiative, that seeks to improve the daily lives of people affected by homelessness and who have mental health, substance use problems and trauma histories. HRC does this through training and technical assistance, online learning opportunities, and publications for Homeless Service Providers. HRC also maintains an extensive knowledge database of studies, papers, and reports related to homelessness. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
HUD USER (HOUSING and Urban Development)P.O. Box 23268
Washington, DC 20026-3268
(800) 927-7589 (TDD)
(202) 708-9981 (Fax)
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).
INDOOR AIR QUALITY Information ClearinghouseP.O. Box 37133
Washington, DC 20013-7133
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 Sudden and Unexpected INFANT/CHILD DEATH and Pregnancy Loss Resource CenterGeorgetown University
2115 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20057-1272
(202) 784-9777 (Fax)
The National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death Resource Center (Resource Center) serves as a central source of information on sudden infant death and on promoting healthy outcomes for infants from the prenatal period through the first year of life and beyond. The Resource Center provides a toll-free information line and e-mail service to answer requests for information or publications; maintains an accessible Web site with continuously updated information, resources, and links to programs and services; identifies informational and educational needs within the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and sudden infant death communities; develops print and Web-based materials for professionals and the public; dedicates one issue per month of the MCH Alert electronic newsletter to highlighting current infant mortality topics; maintains comprehensive searchable databases of information; connects people with programs and services through direct referrals; promotes awareness and enhances knowledge through outreach activities; and works closely with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and its consortium partners, parents-professional organizations, and government agencies. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National INJURY Information ClearinghouseU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway, Room 504
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 504-0025 (Fax)
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: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National KIDNEY and UROLOGIC Diseases Information Clearinghouse3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
(703) 738-4929 (Fax)
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 Center422 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
(800) 424-LEAD (424-5323)
(585) 232-3111 (Fax)
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 Resource Center1200 18th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 728-9469 (Fax)
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 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, except Federal holidays).
MATERNAL and CHILD HEALTH LibraryNational Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
P.O. Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272
(202) 784-9777 (Fax)
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 CenterGeorgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1272
(202) 784-9777 (Fax)
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 HEATH Information CenterP.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847
(866) 889-2647 (TDD)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. The Center for Mental Health Services, within SAMHSA, leads Federal efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans.
Information center staff members are skilled at listening and responding to questions from the public and professionals. The staff quickly directs callers to Federal, state, and local organizations dedicated to treating and preventing mental illness. The information center also has extensive online and print publications, and information on Federal grants, conferences, and other events. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–8.00 p.m. Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
Office of MINORITY HEALTH Resource CenterOffice of Minority Health
P.O. Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
(301) 251-1432 (TDD)
(301) 251-2160 (Fax)
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).