2007 Policy #07 Health Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesexternal link
Official website. Features diseases and conditions, policies and regulations, safety and wellness and food and drug information. Also provides links to HHS agencies. 1

National Coalition on Health Careexternal link
The NCHC’s diverse membership is united in support of the following principles as a framework for improving our nation’s health care: health care coverage for all; cost management; improvement of health care quality and safety; equitable financing; and simplified administration. 2

Public Citizen – Health Research Groupexternal link
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. The Health Research Group promotes safer drugs and public health. 3
No Free Lunchexternal link
Site is hosted by health care providers who believe that pharmaceutical promotion should not guide clinical practice. Their mission is to encourage health care providers to practice medicine on the basis of scientific evidence rather than on the basis of pharmaceutical promotion. They discourage the acceptance of all gifts from industry by health care providers, trainees, and students. Their goal is improved patient care. 4

Health Care Reform.Netexternal link
A detailed, revolutionary plan is presented by a medical doctor to reform the health-care system by restructuring medical education. 5

National Health Law Programexternal link
The NHLP is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America’s working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. 6

Medicare Rights Centerexternal link
MRC is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. 7

Daily News Centralexternal link
DNC is an Internet publication that focuses on health news, as well as in-depth articles on current health topics, for English-speaking readers around the world. The goal is to arm health consumers with the information they need to play a proactive role in achieving excellent healthcare for themselves and their families. Daily News Central readers have access to the latest news on many health-related topics, including breakthrough research on a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions, new drugs and therapies, healthcare legislation, and new approaches to nutrition and fitness. In-depth articles on specific topics — relating to children’s health, seniors’ health or public health, for example — provide added value to Daily News Central site visitors. 8

National Academy for State Health Policyexternal link
NASHP is an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. NASHP provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states. 9

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organizationexternal link
HCFO strives to bridge the health policy and health services research communities by reaching two primary objectives: to provide public and private decision-makers with usable and timely information on health care policy, financing, and market developments, and to bring together the policy and research communities through significant convening, issues identification, research translation, and communication activities. 10

National Alliance for Hispanic Healthexternal link
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the premier organization focusing on Hispanic Health. Alliance members reach over 14 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S. As the nation’s action, advocacy, and research forum for Hispanic health and well being, the Alliance informs and mobilizes consumers, supports health and human service providers in the delivery of quality care, improves the science base for accurate decision making by promoting better and more inclusive research, promotes appropriate use of technology, insures accountability and advocates on behalf of Hispanics, and promotes philanthropy. 11

Partners in Health, Healthcare for the Poorexternal link
Through service, training, advocacy, and research, PIH seeks to raise the standard of care for the poor everywhere. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Through long-term partnerships with sister organizations, PIH brings the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and work to alleviate the crushing economic and social burdens of poverty that exacerbate disease. PIH believes that health is a fundamental right, not a privilege. 12

Factline: Tracking Health in Underserved Communitiesexternal link
Factline is a website sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and Meharry Medical College that highlights health disparities in underserved communities. Factline is organized into five major areas: Access to Health, Mental Health, Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Within each major area, there are several topic pages, including cancer, depression, obstetrical care, and barriers to care for immigrants. 13

America’s Health Insurance Plansexternal link
AHIP is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. Member companies offer medical expense insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance, supplemental insurance, stop-loss insurance and reinsurance to consumers, employers, and public purchasers. AHIP’s goal is to provide a unified voice for the health care financing industry, to expand access to high quality, cost effective health care to all Americans, and to ensure Americans’ financial security through robust insurance markets, product flexibility and innovation, and an abundance of consumer choice. 14

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policiesexternal link
EOHSP supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. The Observatory is a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, the Veneto Region of Italy, the European Investment Bank, the Open Society Institute, the World Bank, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Site features country information and research topics. 15