- CDC Obesity Trends 2004 PowerPoint (1.2MB)
- Health Care and the Underserved: America’s Poor and Managed Care
Gives a thorough overview of the effects that the trend toward managed care is having on health-care underserved populations in the United States. 1999
- Medical Student Activism: A Primer on Domestic and International Tobacco Control
Provides an overview of the domestic and international harms resulting from tobacco use and its promotion by multinational corporations, a timeline of key events and an introduction to available resources.
- Promoting Healthy Behaviors: Linking Student Health to Prevention (PowerPoint Presentation)
- Health Dialogues: A Tool to Help You and Your Patients Change Unhealthy Behavior
Medical students rarely have the opportunity to learn about behavior change during medical school. However, studies have shown that physicians have great influence over patients’ behaviors. Health Dialogues is a series of booklets designed to educate students on how to elicit behavior change among their future patients and to make students aware of their own behaviors so they, too, can make healthy lifestyle adjustments. 2002
- Prison & Correctional Health
- International Committee of the Red Cross: Women in Prison and HIV Addresses the health of women in prison, specifically their susceptibility to HIV/AIDS
- National Commission on Correctional Health (NCCH)
This site includes a position statement on the status of women’s health care in correctional settings. Not only does it provide excellent statistics, but it also offers a proposed solution to the problem.
- The official corrections healthcare network site
It provides information on health care for inmates in the correctional system. The organization is intended to encourage communication among corrections and criminal justice health care professionals and to inform the industry of new developments, trends and initiatives that affect correctional systems nationwide (mission statement).
- Starting a Student-Run Homeless Clinic
A Guidebook for Health Professions Students on the Process of Establishing a Clinic – developed through the combined effort of the AMSA Foundation and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Division of Programs for Special Populations, Health Care for the Homeless Branch.
- Planning a Rotation of Elective in the Health Care for the Homeless Program
A Guide for Health Professions Students – developed through the combined effort of the AMSA Foundation and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Division of Programs for Special Populations, Health Care for the Homeless Branch.
- Health Department Day Project-in-a-Box
- Preventing Obesity in the Classroom
Medical and pre-medical students can get involved in their local elementary/middle schools to discuss nutrition and physical activity issues with children.
- STATS Manual (Students Teaching AIDS to Students)
AMSA’s award-winning project designed for medical students interested in teaching students in grades 4-12 about HIV infection and prevention.
- Primary Care Projects-in-a-Box
- C.O.R.E.: Cancer Outreach and Relief Effort
Pairs medical students with siblings of pediatric cancer patients, providing support to the child and the family and a learning opportunity for the student.
- Preventing Adolescent Violence: A Guide for Medical Students
Discusses factors contributing to adolescent violence, public health approaches, what medical students can do. Includes list of resources. 1996
- Tobacco Awareness Project (TAP): A Guide for Getting Started
Step-by-step guide for implementing a tobacco awareness program in community middle schools. Includes health facts, games, role-playing scenarios, list of resources and more. 1996
- Community Connections: A Sourcebook for Local Community Health Projects
How to start a community health project at your school, from identifying the need, through planning and fund-raising, to the logistics of setting up.
- Teen Mentor Program
Medical students serve as mentors to teenagers who are substance abusers or at risk for substance abuse. 1999
- The BUDDIES Program Start-Up Kit
Matching medical/health professional students with chronically ill children and their families to lend support and companionship and encourage the pediatric patient through the course of treatment.
- Into the Streets: How to Plan a Community Service Day Project at Your School
Suggests ideas and ways to start a one-day project to benefit your community and your school.
- Health Care for the Homeless 1996
- Stamp Out Smoking 1997
- Teen Pregnancy 1998
- Children’s Defense Fund: To leave no child behind and to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
- The Community Guide to Preventive Services: A set of recommendations, based on scientific evidence, for the use of interventions for a variety of public health topics.
- Free Clinics: Community Based Clinics for Medically Underserved and Uninsured
- US Dept. of Health and Human Services: The US government’s principle agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.
- Administration on Aging (AOA): supports a nationwide aging network, providing services to the elderly, especially to enable them to remain independent. AoA supports some 240 million meals for the elderly each year, including home-delivered “meals on wheels,” helps provide transportation and at-home services, supports ombudsman services for elderly, and provides policy leadership on aging issues.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): supports cross-cutting research on health care systems, health care quality and cost issues, and effectiveness of medical treatments.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): works with states and other federal agencies to prevent exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites. The agency conducts public health assessments, health studies, surveillance activities, and health education training in communities around waste sites on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List.
- Bureau of Primary Health Care: Increases access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care and to improve the health status of the underserved and vulnerable populations who experience financial, geographic or cultural barriers to care.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent outbreak of diseases. With the assistance of states and other partners, CDC guards against international disease transmission, maintains national health statistics and provides for immunization services and supports research into disease and injury prevention.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA): assures the safety of foods and cosmetics, and the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biological products and medical devices.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): administers the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) programs.
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): helps provide health resources for medically underserved populations. HRSA supports a nationwide network of 643 community and migrant health centers, and 144 primary care programs for the homeless and residents of public housing, serving 8.1 million Americans each year. HRSA also works to build the health care workforce and maintains the National Health Service Corps, oversees the nation’s organ transplantation system, works to decrease infant mortality and improve child health and provides services to people with AIDS through the Ryan White CARE Act programs.
- Indian Health Service (IHS): supports a network of 37 hospitals, 60 health centers, 3 school health centers, 46 health stations and 34 urban Indian health centers to provide services to nearly 1.5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives of 557 federally recognized tribes.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services.
- Healthy People 2020: National health promotion and disease prevention initiative to improve the health of all Americans, eliminate disparities in health, and improve years and quality of healthy life.
- Healthfinder: Gateway consumer health and human services information website.
- American College of Preventive Medicine: National society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion.
- American Public Health Association: The oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world dedicated to influencing policies and setting priorities in public health.
- Association of Schools of Public Health: National organization representing the deans, faculty, and students of the US accredited schools of public health.
- Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine: National professional association dedicated to advancing individual and community health promotion and disease prevention in the education of physicians and other health professionals.
- National Rural Health Association: National membership organization dedicated to the improvement of health care for rural Americans and to provide leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc.and the HCH Clinicians’ Network: a national association of clinicians dedicated to combating and preventing homelessness and to improving the health and quality of life of homeless people. Student membership is $15/year.
- National Coalition for the Homeless: a national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers and others committed to ending homelessness. This web site provides extensive information on working with homeless people.
- The Kaiser Family Foundation: Authors reports, issue papers, charts and fact sheets, and conducts surveys on a variety of health topics. You can choose between daily, weekly and customized email alerts on everything from children’s health to HIV/AIDS.
- CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and reports on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries. Also includes reports on topics of international interest and notices of events of interest to the public health community.