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Public Health and Health Policy Clearinghouses

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workplace
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.

HSRIC: Health Services Research Information Central — National Library of Medicine
HSRIC is a portal of health services research resources which links to data, funding announcements, reports, podcasts, discussion groups, and more. It is not an index of all health services resources on the Web. Rather, it contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.

Literature and Article Databases

The National Library of Medicine's gateway to its Medline database focuses on North American clinical medicine back to 1947. Health policy, economics, health care reform, and public health references will be found here. For Health Services Research Questions, see HSR Queries, a database from NLM that limits the PubMed search to articles that look at healthcare quality and cost.
A multi-disciplinary index to science, medicine, social sciences, and more.

HSRProj — Health Services Research Projects in Progress — National Library of Medicine

A database of ongoing health research and public health projects.

Global Health Library — World Health Organization (WHO)
The Global Health Library (GHL) provides access to information and scientific evidence on health, particularly in developing regions. The GHL is designed to create a global space to promote and connect local, national, regional and international flows of information on health.

NLM Gateway — National Library of Medicine
This new pilot project from the National Library of Medicine aims to index the AcademyHealth meeting abstracts formerly indexed in the now defunct HealthStar database.

Gray Literature Report — New York Academy of Medicine
Gray or fugitive literature refers to publications that are ephemeral in nature and not indexed in conventional databases. The New York Academy of Medicine has been locating this hard-to-find information and adding it to their online catalog for the global health care research community since 1998.

Statistics Repositories

AHRQ Data and Surveys — Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Provides access to a plethora of data and surveys on healthcare access, expenditures, quality, etc.

American Fact Finder
Source for finding population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the national to the local level.

CDC Wonder — Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Wide-ranging data for epidemiologic research. Access statistical research data published by CDC. Public-use data sets about deaths, cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, vaccinations, births, census data and many other topics are available for query.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps — Robert Wood Johnson Family Foundation
Provides county-by-county health rankings in each of the 50 states, explanations of each health factor, and actionable strategies to improve the health of communities across the nation.

National Center for Health Statistics — Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The nation's principal health statistics agency. Looks at outcomes, access, literature synthesis, public reporting, underserved, quality, data collection methods, etc. Access data, reports, surveys, and tools.


Federal Register — National Archives and Records Administration
The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) provides access to the official text of federal laws, presidential documents, and to administrative regulations and notices. Click here for Health and Public Welfare specific searches of the Federal Register.

Thomas — Library of Congress
Search federal legislative information including bill summary status, bill text, public laws by law number, Congressional Record text, House and Senate Committee information.

Office of Legislation — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Liaison and resource for the U.S. Congress to explain the polices, payment systems, and operations of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Responds to inquiries from Members of Congress and Congressional Committees.

Illinois General Assembly
Searchable database containing the laws and "Public Acts" of the great state of Illinois.

Key Organizations

AcademyHealth is the professional home for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners as well as a non-partisan resource for health research and policy.

Commonwealth Fund
Promotes a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. This site provides access to data, maps, surveys, and numerous publications.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
An independent philanthropic foundation that focuses on the major health care issues facing the nation, including comparative effectiveness research. The foundation is an independent voice and source of facts analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.

RAND Corporation
Focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. With a research staff consisting of some of the world's preeminent minds, RAND has been expanding the boundaries of human knowledge for more than 60 years. As a nonpartisan organization, RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures.

The Urban Institute
Builds knowledge about the nation's social and fiscal challenges and practices open-minded, evidence-based research to diagnose problems and figure out which policies and programs work best, for whom, and how.

Top Journals

Journal titles listed below represent the most popular journals for health policy, public health and medicine. Access these journals and many more using the Find a Journal link on the HSL home page.

Remote access is provided via proxy server. Please contact the library to obtain an ID and password. Needed articles, books, and book chapters not held in the library's collection can be obtained via interlibrary loan. Click here to make the request.

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