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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.