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Listed below are selected helpful government and private sector resources on health policy issues.

U.S. Government Health Policy Resources
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government’s principal agency in protecting the health of Americans and is comprised of over 300 different programs covering a wide range of health programs, activities and issues.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS - The mission of this agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care in America.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, HHS - The National Center for Health Statistics provides a broad range of data, reports and other useful information for analyzing health trends in the United States.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Provides detailed Medicare and Medicaid information, including guidance and regulations, research and statistics as well as materials for outreach and education.

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

National Health Information Center, HHS - The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.

National Institutes of Health, HHS - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary government agency that supports biomedical and behavioral research.

National Library of Medicine, HHS - The National Library of Medicine, located on the NIH campus, is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

U.S. Government Health Information Portals
Listed below are some helpful health information portals sponsored by agencies of the U.S. Federal government.


Private Sector Health Policy Resources
Academy Health - Academy Health is a nonpartisan resource for health research and policy that provides information for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners. Academy Health promotes interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives, exchange knowledge, and strengthen their working relationships.

Center for Health Improvement’s Health Policy Guide - The Center for Health Improvement is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit health policy center that is dedicated to advancing policies and providing technical assistance to improve population health and encourage healthy behavior. The Health Policy Guide provides evidence-based, peer-reviewed policy guidance and resources to support advocacy and decision-making at the state and local levels.

Center for Studying Health System Change - A nonpartisan policy research organization that conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system with the goal of informing policymakers, the Center for Studying Health System Change provides issue briefs, community reports, and links to journal articles. The organization receives funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Commonwealth Fund - The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. Results of this research can be found on their website.

Health Affairs - Health Affairs is a leading journal of health policy thought and research. Published since 1981, Health Affairs is nonpartisan and presents a wide range of timely research and commentary on health issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres.

Health and Medical Care Archive - A project of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research dedicated to preserving and disseminating data collected from research projects funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care in the United States.

Health Policy Picks - A monthly selection from KaiserEdu.org of recent publications from organizations and government agencies that conduct research and policy analysis on health issues.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation - A non-profit private organization that provides data and analysis on significant health care issues in the United States and globally, including: daily health policy reports; state health data and comparisons; education materials (tutorials, libraries and issue modules on health policy topics); and global health data, including country specific information on TB, malaria, HIV/AIDS and others diseases.

Institute of Medicine - A component of the non-profit National Academies of Science, the Institute of Medicine provides evidence-based scientific reviews of issues in medicine, biomedical science and health.

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research - Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research is a non-profit research institute with the mission to improve individual health and inform health policy. The Center brings together scientists from many fields who conduct research and demonstration projects across a broad range of health care issues.

National Academy for State Health Policy - The National Academy for State Health Policy is an independent organization 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.

National Committee for Quality Assurance - The mission of NCQA, an independent, non-profit organization, is to improve the quality of health care. This website provides information about the quality of the nation’s managed care plans.

National Health Policy Forum - A nonpartisan organization that seeks to inform the public policy process by helping participants, including federal health policymakers in the legislative and executive branches and in congressional support agencies, engage in rigorous, constructive, and respectful dialogue. The website provides issue briefs, background papers and basic information on health policy topics.

RAND Health - For more than 50 years, RAND has been working to improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. RAND Health continues that tradition, advancing understanding of health and health behaviors and examining how the organization and financing of care affect costs, quality, and access.

World Health Organization - The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

Historical Perspectives on Presidential Health Initiatives
"Remembering How Far Health Care Has Come Since George Washington's Time" by Daniel J. Glunk, M.D., from Medical News Today, February 6, 2006.