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RESOURCES FOR YOUR MINISTRY

Behavioral and Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health. (Central government and research resource for mental health).  www.nimh.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (Overview of services, programs, and trainings for mental health). http://samhsa.gov

Autism Speaks. (Provides Autism Video Glossary, online Family Resource Guide). www.autismspeaks.org

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (Offers updated info on marijuana, including incidence, impact, and current research about the drug and its effects). www.marijuana-info.org

National Mental Health Information Center. (Provides info about mental health services, sponsored by SAMSHA). www.mentalhealth.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). (The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness).www.nami.org


Cancer

American Cancer Society. (A nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem
by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service). www.cancer.org

American Institute for Cancer Research. (Discusses research on diet and cancer prevention).  www.aicr.org

National Cancer Institute.  www.cancer.gov/

 

Cardiovascular/ Heart

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). (Able to search on sample menus, create a diet, recipes, and the DASH diet menu).  www.nhlbi.nih.gov

American Heart Association. (Education and information on heart disease and related disorders). www.americanheart.org

The Children’s Heart Institute. (Online pediatric cardiology encyclopedia)www.childrensheartinstitute.org

 

Care Navigation

Agency for Health Research and Quality. (Website for US Dept of Health and Human Serv. Advancing excellence in healthcare). www.ahrq.gov

Caring Connections. www.careinginfo.org

Family Care Alliance. (Provides care-giving information and advice (also in Spanish and Chinese). www.caregiver.org

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). (HRSA- an agency of the US Dept of Health and Human Services- primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for the underinsured, isolated and medically vulnerable). www.hrsa.gov

HealthWell Foundation. (Non-profit organization designed to assist individuals with certain diseases to pay insurance co-pays, premiums, coinsurance or other out of pocket healthcare costs). www.healthwellfoundation.org/

Partnership for Prescription Assistance. (Resources to find assistance for prescriptions). www.pparx.org

 

Chronic Pain

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (Offers a chronic pain info page). www.ninds.nih.gov/

National Headache Foundation. (Provides education and info resources, supports headache research and advocates for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease). www.headaches.org


Complementary/Alternative/Integrative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (Provides educational information on complementary and alternative medicine). https://nccih.nih.gov

 

Diabetes/Endocrine

American Diabetes Association (ADA). (Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this disease. Available in English and Spanish). www.diabetes.org

 

Digestive/Gastrointestinal

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (Conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.  Multiple reliable links and information in Spanish as well). www.niddk.nih.gov

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. (Provides information and support networks for the sufferers and families of people with Anorexia). www.anad.org

 

Geriatrics

American Society on Aging. (Provides resources for improving skills of people working with older adults). www.asaging.org

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. (An evidence-based online resource for nurses in clinical and educational settings.  Online resource for the care of older adults). www.hign.org

National Center on Elder Abuse. (Nat’l resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment).     ncea.acl.gov

National Council on Aging. (The National Council on Aging is a non-profit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC.  Mission - to improve the lives of older adults). www.ncoa.org

 

Hospice / Palliative Care

Get Palliative Care. (General information about palliative care and what to expect; includes directory of where to get palliative care in the US). www.getpalliativecare.org

Hospice. (General information about hospice and what to expect, sections for patients and caregivers with specific info about bereavement). www.hospicenet.org

Hospice Foundation of America. (Provides help to those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, or grief). www.hospicefoundation.org/

National Hospice and Palliative Care. (Consumer guides to hospice, Medicare hospice benefit, and end of life wishes). www.nhpco.org

 

Kidney/Urological

National Kidney Foundation. (The major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation). www.kidney.org

Urology Care Foundation. (Provides a wealth of information on various urological disorders by urology experts). www.urologyhealth.org

 

Nursing and other Professional Associations

American Nurses Association (ANA). (The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs). www.nursingworld.org

North Carolina Nurses Association. (Professional association for all registered nurses in North Carolina). www.ncnurses.org

 

Other

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Information for all diseases with resources and current research, research on new illnesses or new research on current illnesses). www.cdc.gov

Medline Plus. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

National Library of Medicine. (Search engine for other government websites). www.nlm.nih.gov

National Institute of Health (NIH). (The nation’s medical research agency). www.nih.gov

North Carolina Health Information. (Excellent resource for medical conditions, dictionary and terms.  Has links to local services for reporting child abuse, etc.  Also has links to references and statistics). www.nchealthinfo.org

United Way 2-1-1. (Info and referral search across USA). www.211.org

 

Respiratory/Smoking Cessation

American Lung Association (ALA). (Dedicated to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.  Provides info on conditions, research, smoking cessation). www.lung.org

 

Skin

American Academy of Dermatology. (Provide clinical expert advice on skin conditions). www.aad.org

Electronic Textbook of Dermatology. (Provides educational information on dermatological conditions).  http://www.telemedicine.org/stamford.htm

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). (Dedicated to helping people with rare diseases.  Info on prevention and treatment resources). www.rarediseases.org

March of Dimes. (Dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality). www.marchofdimes.org

 

Stroke/Neurological Conditions

National Stroke Association. (Provides basic knowledge about stroke, risk factors, prevention and recovery; also available in Spanish). www.stroke.org

American Stroke Association. (Education and information on stroke and related disorders). www.strokeassociation.org