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Consumer Education
Living Healthy - An Educated Choice

HRSA's Consumer Education Program provides health-related information which will help you and your family live healthier lives. Whether you are a mom, dad, teen, grandparent or young adult, HRSA has information and resources that can improve your health and make a difference. HRSA also has information to assist care givers and health care providers. Living healthy really is an educated choice!

Finding Health Care
For information about your state's program offering free or low-cost health insurance for your child or teen go to Insure Kids Now.

HRSA’s Health Center Locator can help you find a health center in your community. These health centers serve all who walk through their doors, regardless of ability to pay.

Free or reduced health care is also available at some facilities nationwide through HRSA’s Hill-Burton program.


Staying Healthy
On the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality's Consumers & Patients page, the publication entitled The Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+ has information on checkups, immunizations and adopting healthy habits for people over 50. HRSA's publication Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides information for families and children about how to stay healthy and active.

Promoting Organ Donation
You can give the Gift of Life by becoming an organ donor. More than 75,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant because too few of us are willing to be organ and tissue donors. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has launched an Organ Donor initiative to promote organ donation and encourage people to make an informed decision about organ donation.

Promoting Health Careers
If you are interested in a health profession, HRSA's publication entitled The Allied Health Professions: Opportunities for Minority Students -- A Career Guidebook, 2000 may be helpful to you. This guidebook introduces students to allied health careers and provides information for those interested in pursuing such a career.

HRSA's Kids Into Health Careers campaign has information about encouraging children and young adults to pursue a rewarding career in the health care field. Financial aid information is also included.


Caring for People with HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health problem facing us all. HRSA provides HIV/AIDS information for clinicians who care for people living with HIV/AIDS. HRSA's Ryan White CARE Act program developed A Guide to the Clinical Care of Women with HIV.

Raising Healthy Children
To help parents raise healthy children, the HRSA-supported Bright Futures initiative provides expert advice and guidelines on practical ways to supervise the health of infants, children and adolescents ages 0-21. Bright Futures includes information on nutrition, oral health, mental health, physical activity and healthy families.

Preventing School Violence
Violence in our schools is a serious problem and bullying behavior is part of the problem. HRSA has created a "Lend A Hand - Stop Bullying Now" campaign with a Web site specifically designed for children to help educate them, their parents, and teachers about recognizing and understanding what bullying is and how to stop it. Visit our Web site at and meet all the great Webisode cartoon characters and learn how to stop bullying.


Improving Mental Health
Information on improving the mental health of children, young people and their families is available from the HRSA funded Center for School Mental Health Assistance at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Center for Mental Health in Schools at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Prenatal and Newborn Care
Order your free Health Diary: Myself, My Baby from HRSA Information Center. It contains information on fetal and child development, prenatal and newborn care and an immunization table. There is also a section where you can record and track your prenatal and pediatric appointments.

HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care has developed the Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention Program also known as the LEAP Program. Learn more about the steps you can take to reduce your risk of lower extremity amputation.


More Health Links

Government Sites:

is the official government gateway to Federal, state, local, and tribal information, programs, funding, news releases, phone directories and more.

Health Information
Healthfinder is a free guide to reliable health information where you can select online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, support and self-help groups, as well as other government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the National Prevention Information Network which provides information and resources on HIV disease and treatment. They can be reached toll free at 1-800-458-5231. The HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service which is sponsored by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides up to date HIV/AIDS treatment information and referrals including clinical trials. They can be reached toll free at 1-800-448-0440.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) develops and tests new ways to help families manage the daily activities and stress of caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Closing the Health Gap 
HHS's national campaign Closing the Health Gap offers information about bringing the best health information to African American communities.

Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, produced a very informative web page, Mind Over Matter Index, which explains to children in grades 5-9 the effects of drug abuse on the body and brain.

The Administration on Aging provides health information, elder care service locator, resource directory, safety tips, hotline for legal advice and much more for older people.

Food Safety
The Food and Drug Administration has good advice and information on a variety of consumer issues including food safety, foodborne illness, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and more. Visit the FDA Consumer Advice web page.

Medicare and Medicaid
Visit HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to learn about how these programs work and the services they provide.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Should you need or want information or assistance for a mental health or substance abuse problem, HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help.

Safer Health Care
Each year its estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals because of lapses in patient safety. A Task Force, led by the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, has developed Five Steps to Safer Health Care to help patients avoid medical errors and misunderstandings. They are:

  1. Speak up if you have questions.

  2. Keep a list of all medicines you take.

  3. Make sure you get the results of any test or procedure.

  4. Talk with your doctor and health care team about your options if you need hospital care.

  5. Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery.


Non-Government Sites:

Alcohol Addiction
The Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc is an international organization dedicated to the support and recovery of families and friends of alcoholics. This self-help program is based on 12 steps towards personal growth and change. You can locate the nearest support group through this site’s locator service.

Birth Defects
The March of Dimes has resources for reducing infant mortality, birth defects, prenatal care, and more.

The American Cancer Society provides information, support, and resources to answer your cancer related questions.

The American Diabetes Association can explain the difference between juvenile and adult diabetes, the warning signs, and the important role your diet and exercise play in avoiding and improving this diagnosis.

Heart Disease and Stroke
The American Heart Association has information on how to fight heart disease and stroke and even get lessons on CPR.

Mental Health
The National Mental Health Association provides helpful information on a variety of mental health topics. Find a local mental health association or health facility or browse news and events.

Poison Control    1-800-222-1222
Administered by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, this public service will instantly connect you to the nearest poison control center.


Check back with us often as we add new consumer information to help you grow healthier.

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