Indexes & Abstracts

  • Polling the Nations
    Compilation of the full-text of the questions and responses from over 12,000 national, state, and local surveys conducted by 700 polling organizations in the U.S. and 70 other countries; the database covers over 4,000 subjects.
    http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AQK6104

Internet Guides & Resources

  • Arctic Health
    An information portal to the health issues of population of the northern-most regions of America and the world. The Arctic Health website is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine's Division of Specialized Information Services and maintained by the University of Alaska Anchorage's Health Sciences Information Service.
    http://www.arctichealth.org/index.html
  • CDC GIS Web Applications
    http://www.cdc.gov/gis/applications.htm
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    (DHHS). CDC's concern is prevention and control of communicable diseases, environmental health, etc. Offers online information in categories: Travelers' Health, Health Topics A-Z, Publications, Software & Products, Data and Statistics, etc. Offers links to the Web sites of CDC's 11 centers, institute and offices.
    http://www.cdc.gov/
  • Child Care and Early Education
    CCEERC is a partnership among the National Center for Children in Poverty at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan; and the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Resources indexed and housed on the Research Connections site cover a broad spectrum of research on child care and early education and related policies. The collection brings together original research, syntheses, datasets, and other research-related resources from the wide range of social science disciplines and professional fields that study early care and education.
    http://www.childcareresearch.org/discover/index.jsp
  • Country Studies
    Library of Congress offers country profiles, includes information on demographic, vital and health statistics and health care for individual countries. Some of the entries are slightly outdated but have historical value.
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
  • DHHS - US Department of Health and Human Services
    'DHHS is a department of the federal executive branch which is concerned with health and welfare work of the federal government.' Its website offers Press Releases and Fact Sheets, information on current issues at HHS,Healthcare Standards, Laws and Regulations, Policies and Guidelines, and links to the individual websites of DHHS agencies and offices: Office of the Secretary (OS); Administration on Aging (AoA); Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ); Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR); Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); Administration for Children & Families (ACF); Food & Drug Administration (FDA); Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA); Indian Health Service (IHS); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); National Institutes of Health (NIH); Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
    http://www.hhs.gov
  • Energy Citations Database (ECD)
    Offers energy and energy-related bibliographic citations
    http://www.osti.gov/energycitations/advancedsearch.jsp
  • Enivronmental Protection Agency
    "EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people."
    http://www.epa.gov/
  • Families USA Foundation
    Families USA is a "national nonprofit organization dedicated to the achievement of high- quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans." Produces health policy reports, intends to serve as a consumer clearinghouse for information about the health care system, conducts public information campaigns on public health issues, etc. Offers information including publications, often created by contract with other organizations, on children's health, children's health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.
    http://www.familiesusa.org/
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    The U.S. federal agency concerned with safety and effectiveness of biological products for consumers. The FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is the office charged with evaluating and approving new drugs and assuring their long-term safety. CDER page provides regulatory guidance (e.g., Good Clinical Practices, etc.), explains enforcement and offers drug information for both patients and healthcare providers. Main FDA page offers information on foods, human drugs, animal drugs, cosmetics, biologics, medical devices, etc.
    http://www.fda.gov/cder/
  • Global Forum for Health Research
    Based in Switzerland, an international foundation "The Global Forum for Health Research provides evidence, tools and discussion forums for decision- makers in research funding and policy to improve the health of poor populations." Publishes "Young Voices in Research for Health", which is "the result of a project launched by the Global Forum for Health Research and The Lancet in 2006. The competition is open to young professionals (under 30) working on or interested in the broad spectrum of health research."
    http://www.globalforumhealth.org/
  • Grey Literature Report
    The New York Academy of Medicine has compiled a database of 'Grey Literature' presenting many aspects of Public Health.
    http://www.nyam.org/library/online-resources/grey-literature-report/
  • Health Canada
    "Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances."
    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
  • Health, United States
    1975- U.S. DHDW publ.
    http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AQU8425
    Ref RA 407.5 N7 H36
  • HealthCare.gov (formerly HealthReform.gov)
    Offers information on the Affordable Crare Act and the issue of healthcare reform. 
    http://www.healthcare.gov/
  • HIVInSite
    (University of California San Francisco - UCSF). Serves as a gateway to information on AIDS/HIV in the U.S. and worldwide covering public health, legal, social, clinical aspects, statistics, etc.
    http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/
  • IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer
    "The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. IARC's mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. The Agency is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships." Offers publications and databases "including the Monographs Database containing a complete list of agents, mixtures and exposures, all evaluated with their classifications, the Cancer Epidemiolgy Database which provides access to information on the occurrence of cancer worldwide, IARC's TP53 Database, and other useful resources. IARC Resources: IARC Monographs Database on Carcinogenic Risks to Humans; IARC Cancer Epidemiology Database; IARC Screening Group; IARC TP53 Database; EPIC - European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition; Genetic Epidemiology Database; INHANCE - International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology Consortium; ILCCO - International Lung Cancer Consortium" etc. and related resources:" CAREX - International Information on Occupational Exposure to Carcinogens compiled by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, in collaboration with IARC", etc.
    http://www.iarc.fr/
  • IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risk to Humans
    "The IARC Monographs series publishes independent assessments by international experts of the carcinogenic risks to humans posed by a variety of agents, mixtures and exposures. Since its inception in 1972, the series has reviewed approximately 900 agents." Free summaries of monographs and related materials.
    http://monographs.iarc.fr/
  • Institute of Medicine
    "The nation turns to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies for science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health. A nonprofit organization specifically created for this purpose as well as an honorific membership organization, the IOM was chartered in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences. The Institute provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance. The IOM's mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large." Most of IOM reports published as books are held by the Health Sciences Library.
    http://www.iom.edu/
  • International Vaccine Institute (IVI)
    Provides information on vaccines and infectious diseases.
    http://www.ivi.org/
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
    Provides information on accreditation of healthcare organizations and on quality issues in healthcare organizations. Offers Quality Check - accreditation results information on major types of healthcare facilities (hospitals, long term care, home care, ambulatory care, health care networks, behavioral care, laboratory) individually by facility.
    http://www.jointcommission.org/
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
    "The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation." Offers evaluation, surveys and statistics on major health issues - Medicaid, Medicare, Health Insurance, etc. Offers comprehensive statistical reports, e.g. "Medicaid Enrollment in 50 states" with annual updates, etc.
    http://www.kff.org/
  • Medicare.gov
    The official U.S. Government site for Medicare information. Offers information on Medicare, Medicare Health Plans, provides Nursing Home Search, etc.
    http://www.medicare.gov/
  • National Academies
    'Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine', "The National Academies perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public. Four organizations comprise the Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council." National Academies address multiple issues related to Public Health.
    http://www.nationalacademies.org/
  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
    Under Publications offers full- text papers, many of which contain statistics in various economic and social areas, including demographics.. All papers are searchable by keyword.
    http://www.nber.org/
  • National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
    'The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation ’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.'
    http://www.nccp.org/
  • National Death Index (Social Security Death Index)
    Offers searchable death registry database - A source of ancestry search.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693
  • National Institutes of Health - NIH
    'The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.'
    http://www.nih.gov/
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH)
    Provides Vital Records application instructions, under Health Alerts offers current information on health issues in NYC, under Health Topics A-Z offers concise guidelines on various illnesses and healthcare issues and related NYC information, under Public Information offers Press Releases, health fairs and other events schedules, meetings and seminars, etc. Under DOH Publications offers full text of publications on various public health issues like lead poisoning, AIDS, asthma, tuberculosis, rabies prevention, school admission requirements, immunization, etc. in PDF format. Provides city hotlines phone numbers, etc.
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/home/home.shtml
  • New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
    OEM "plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates response and recovery, and collects and disseminates emergency information."
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/home/home.shtml
  • New York State Department of Health
    Offers information in following categories: a From the Commissioner page; Directory Services (lists phone numbers, helplines, AIDS - HIV Counseling and Testing services, Mammography Facilities, etc.); How to get NYS vital records information; Information for Consumers (by subject and lists NYS facilities for each subject and disease like Nursing Homes and Long Term Care facilities, etc.); Information for Providers - for physicians and other health care providers (by subject); Information for Researchers; and the Public Health Forum (allows to search some titles from NYS Health Rules and Regulations; provides full- text of the Public Health Law, NYS; offers notices of public meetings, hearings, conferences, etc.). Provides links to the Department's Wadsworth Center (the most comprehensive public health laboratory in the nation), the School of Public Health, Health Research, Inc., the NYS Partnership for Long-Term Care, Helen Hayes Hospital, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Task Force on Life and the Law as well as links to other NYS government resources and health-related sites. Offers comprehensive statistics on diseases, like AIDS, cardiovascular diseases, etc., in NYS.
    http://www.health.ny.gov/
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    (U.S. Department of Labor). Offers full-text of OSHA regulations & standards on industrial and occupational safety, selected documents and technical information, news releases, and Congressional testimony.
    http://www.osha.gov/
  • Pan American Health Organization -(PAHO)
    The most comprehensive and reliable source of demographic and health statistics and other health and healthcare information for Americas. Includes Country Health Profiles.
    http://new.paho.org/
  • Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
    "Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet." Offers links to useful Public Health and statistical resources in multiple categories. The PHPartners offers RSS feed that would 'keep you informed about news in public health, upcoming meetings, and new public health online resources.'
    http://phpartners.org/
  • Rand Books and Publications
    'Offers citations and abstracts for Rand publications, 1946-1997; full text, 1998- present', including Health and Health Care subject category. 'The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.'
    http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?ALG2319
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
    Offers information on retirement and disability.
    http://www.ssa.gov/
  • UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
    A major policy research institute based at UCLA and is affiliated with the School of Public Health and School of Public Affairs. Established in 1994, the Center has become one of the nation's leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California.
    http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/
  • United Hospital Fund of NY
    A health services research and philanthropic organization that addresses critical issues affecting hospitals and health care in New York City.
    http://www.uhfnyc.org/
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    Offers information on trends in international welfare and public health. The site can be searched by keyword.
    http://www.undp.org/
  • Urban Institute
    A nonprofit economic and social policy research organization. Under Research - By Topic - Social Welfare offers research papers on public health and health insurance. Also offers assessment of Medicaid and health insurance trends under Research - By Topic - Federalism, etc.
    http://www.urban.org/
  • USAID
    The U.S. Agency for International Development. Under Population, Health and Nutrition category offers topics on international public health.
    http://www.usaid.gov/
  • Vital Records Information
    Provided is information on how to seek vital records by state.
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm
  • Women's Health
    This site, sponsored by DHSS, offers statistics on women's health, health disparities profiles and other public health information on multiple aspects of women's health
    http://www.womenshealth.gov/
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    Directing and coordinating authority on international health work. Information on biologicals, medicines, vaccines and substances under international control. The site can be searched by keyword.
    http://www.who.int/en/

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Guides

  • Accreditation Manual for Hospitals
    REF RA 971 Ac2
  • Control of Communicable Diseases Manual
    Health Sciences Reserve RA643 .Am3
  • Designing an Effective OSHA Compliance Program
    Corporate Compliance Series. Loose-leaf resource, constantly updated.
    REF KF 3570
  • Directory of Home Health Agencies
    Covers East Coast states.
    REF RA645.35 D62
  • Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence
    REF RA 649.E53 1995 Q
  • Health care law sourcebook: A compendium of federal laws, regulations, and documents relating to health law
    "This book ... is intended to provide health law practitioners and health care administrators with ready access to the texts of federal laws, regulations, and other government documents relevant to the delivery of health care services." Arranged under 16 parts, e.g., Medicare reimbursement and certification, health planning, and environmental protection. Index."
    REF KF 3821.A3
  • Health, United States
    1975- U.S. DHDW publ.
    http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AQU8425
    Ref RA 407.5 N7 H36
  • Healthcare Standards: Official directory
    Offers bibliography of healthcare standards, practice guidelines, and other official documents from various agencies.
    REF RA394.H4 2003
  • Healthy People 2000: national health promotion and disease prevention objectives
    Outlines objectives for the development of national public health.
    REF RA395.A3 H435 1992 Q
  • Medicare and Medicaid Laws and Regulations
    Compiled from CCH Medicare and Medicaid Guide as of May 1, 1997." Volume 1 contains the full text of Social Security Act title XVIII (the Medicare program) and title XIX (the Medicaid program), along with selected provisions from other Social Security Act titles. Volume 2 contains the full text of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), title 42 (Public Health), Chapter IV - the chapter setting forth regulations for the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and selections from other titles.
    REF KF 3608.A4 M42
  • Models for Measuring Quality in Managed Care: Analysis and Impact
    REF RA399.A3 M64 1997
  • New York City Health Code
    REF KFX 2048 N42
  • Oxford Textbook of Public Health
    2nd ed. 3 vol.
    REF RA422.5 .Ox2
  • Pocket Guide to Cases of Medicine and Public Health Collaboration
    REF RA445.L373 1998
  • World Directory of Schools of Public Health
    REF RA 440.6 W89 1985

Directories & Associations

  • American Hospital Association (AHA)
    http://www.aha.org/about/index.shtml
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
    Offers miscellaneous resources on public health issues among other subjects.
    http://www.ama-assn.org/
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
    http://www.apha.org/
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
    Offers guidelines and reosources on emergency prepareness, infection control and other related issues.
    http://www.apic.org
  • Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)
    http://www.asph.org/
  • Encyclopedia of Medical Organizations and Agencies
    Provides information (address, mission, profile, publications, etc.) on government organizations and their subdivisions, research organizations, universities and schools, foundations, etc. in the field of biomedicine including pharmacology related organizations.
    REF R 15 .En1
  • Global Health Council
    "World's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world". "It's diverse membership is comprised of health-care professionals and organizations that include NGOs, foundations, corporations, government agencies and academic institutions that work to ensure global health for all."
    http://globalhealth.org/
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
    http://www.hfma.org/
  • Public Health Solutions (previously known as Medical and Health Research Association of New York City (MHRA))
    http://www.healthsolutions.org/