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Public Health Information Resources

This guide has resources and information to support study and research for the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH).

US Health Policy Websites-National

National Health Policy Forum
The National Health Policy Forum offers a range of educational programming designed to help congressional and federal agency staff become better informed about current health policy issues. The Forum's programming includes: Washington, DC-based meetings; Issue Briefs, Background Papers and other publications; and site visits around the country that are designed to help participants gain a practical perspective on health issues.
US Department of Health and Human Services

HHS is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

National Academy for State Health Policy

NASHP is an independent academy of state health policymakers. A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues.

Kaiser Family Foundation Health and Law

A leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians.
NLM Gateway: National Library of Medicine

The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection, and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics.

Health Policy-International

Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency.The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.
Global Health Policy Research Network
The Global Health Policy Research Network (GHPRN) brings together leading experts in public health, economics and other social science and technical fields to develop original, focused research on high-priority global health policy issues.
OECD Health Data
It offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. It is an essential tool for health researchers and policy advisors in governments, the private sector and the academic community, to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health care systems.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

U.S. Health Care System:Overview

The US Congress and Health Policy
Video presentation demonstrates the critical role that congress has in shaping health policy in the United States.
Role of States in Health Policy
Video presentation describes state infrastructures, political contexts, and the balance between state and federal action on health policy.
America’s Health Care Safety Net
Narrated slide presentation describes challenges facing the network of clinics and hospitals serving the uninsured and most vulnerable populations.
Public Health Infrastructure
Defines PHI, lists 10 Essential Public Health Services, and defines emerging issues in public health infrastructure
Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System
This article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, January 6, 2010, at
America's Health Rankings
Provides a comprehensive perspective on our national health issues, including smoking and binge drinking, state by state. Interactive maps let you compare states side-by-side. 

Public Health Policy: Emerging Issues

CDC Journals

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Including Recommendations and Reports, Surveillance Surveys, Supplements, and Survey of Notifiable Diseases

Preventing Chronic Disease

Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC Vital Signs
Recent data and calls to action for important public health issues.

For Example: Disaster Information Management

Disaster Information Management Resource Center
Improving access to disaster health information. From the National Library of Medicine.

Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Searchable gateway to freely available online resources related to disaster medicine and public health. Resources include expert guidelines, factsheets, websites, research reports, articles, and other tools aimed at the public health community.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website

CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Information

Links to resource pages.

CDC Recent Outbreaks and Incidents