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Searching for Public Health Information
There is a LOT of great information about public health issues available online from credible government sources. To find it, try adding site:.gov to your keywords.
Also try adding keywords to limit your results to a specific population (women, adolescents, etc), cause, treatment, or risk factor.
Great Sites to Browse
Sometimes it's best to choose a solid site and browse their topics to see what information they have. Here are some great places to start.
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, Medline Plus brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans
The Center for Disease Control works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S
Health Information from the Government
A list of health resources from the US government by population, topic, and type. Very useful for tracking down specific websites.
Healthy People Data Search
Browse government data on a variety of health topics.
Chronic Disease Calculator
A downloadable tool that was developed to help states estimate the economic burden of chronic diseases. The tool provides state-level estimates of medical expenditures and absenteeism costs for arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular diseases (congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and other cerebrovascular disease), depression, and diabetes.
Social Determinants of Health Map
Maps depicting common social determinants of health, to be used in tandem with other data sources to match programs and policies to the needs of local populations.
CDC Data & Statistics
An easy-to-use reference from the CDC, organized by public health topic, including vital statistics and summaries.
Website from the US Census Bureau which allows for easier access to data from the census and American Community Surveys, 2000-present. Locate aggregated statistical information on people, housing, and businesses.