Websites on Health
Aetna InteliHealth, a subsidiary of Aetna, partners with Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine to provide health information on this website. It’s important to note that Aetna InteliHealth’s editorial policy states that it maintains absolute editorial independence from Aetna. That said, the site is content rich on disease and treatment information and includes nice additional features such as its Interactive Health Tools, Ask the Expert, Personalized Health E-mail service, and Discussion Boards.
The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center
Produced by the Cleveland Clinic Department of Patient Education and Health Information, this site offers information on over 900 health topics. Podcasts and webcasts of health information are available along with transcripts of web chats with physicians answering health questions. The Cleveland Clinic Patient Education and Health Information provides a live chat service Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm EST (except holidays) where health educators are available to provide general health information and recommendations of web sites.
Provides links to credible health web sites recommended by the Information Services staff of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Information in Spanish is also available. Their Ask-Us-Now feature provides real-time access to reference librarians to answer questions.
NetWellness, a non-profit consumer health web site, has been in operation for over ten years. It provides over 55,000 pages of high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University. Its “Ask An Expert” feature is a question and answer service provided by numerous health care professionals of the three universities, who volunteer their time as a community service.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. There’s a wonderful children’s interface with age-appropriate health information and much of the web site’s information is available in Spanish. Their Drug Interaction Checker, Online Checkups, and health newsletters in Spanish and English provide useful additional features.
HealthyWomen (formerly the National Women’s Health Resource Center) is a nonprofit, national clearinghouse for women’s health information. It develops original health materials and content for women and provides links to related news. Features: Ask the Expert column, womenTALK blogs, discussion groups, free newsletters, videos and podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, and apps.
National Institutes of Health: Women’s Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH) is “the nation’s medical research agency.” Its Women’s Health webpage provides links to articles, guides, factsheets, and other resources on women’s health as well as related topics, by various institutes within the agency. A search can be done within the Women’s Health category as well as of all NIH health topics. NIH Health Topics A-Z browsing feature is also available.
Our Bodies, Ourselves
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) (aka Boston Women’s Health Book Collective) has been providing information on women’s reproductive and sexual health plus issues that affect access and care since their first publication of the revolutionary Our Bodies, Ourselves in 1971. The website contains information about women’s health topics, including excerpts from the latest edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, OBOS programs, publications, and news. You can also keep up with OBOS through free newsletter, blog, RSS feed, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Society for Women’s Health Research
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) was founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers, and health advocates. SWHR aims to bring attention to the myriad of diseases and conditions that affect women uniquely. Find links to information about various health topics informed by sex-based biology, research news related to women, clinical trials and how to join them, milestones in the inclusion of women in research, public education campaigns advocacy efforts and opportunities, grants and awards (including the SWHR Medtronic Prize), and Society news, videos, and events (e.g., roundtables, conferences, moderated discussions, and other meetings). Find on Facebook and Twitter.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health: womenshealth.gov
Womenshealth.gov is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Its mission is “to provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches” through national health policy, programs, education, and dissemination of health information for both professionals and the public. Information on health topics (including girl’s health and minority women’s health), publications, news (headlines, highlights, spotlight), and health data can be found at womenshealth.gov. Offers email updates, RSS feed, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
AHRQ Men Stay Healthy at Any Age
Men Stay Healthy at Any Age, from the Agency on Health Research and Quality, provides a checklist to help men maintain their health. Men are encouraged to obtain appropriate screening tests, take needed preventive medicine and to practice healthy behaviors, all explained more fully on the site. The information comes from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD)
The NICHD, a division of the National Institutes of Health, conducts research on the health of children and their families. The web site presents information based on that research. It covers a wide range of topics. There are links to consumer-level information on more than 100 health topics as well as valuable information about participation in clinical research and NICHD public health campaigns.
This MedlinePlus page was created for teens and parents. There are links to information on nutrition, emotions, body image, alcohol, drugs, sexuality, and other topics of interest to teens.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Established by Congress in 2000, the NCTSN provides information on every type of childhood trauma from neglect to natural disasters to physical abuse. They offer resources for parents, teachers and policy makers.