Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses
Select information center and clearinghouse information from the keyword or alphabetical lists below. (Tip: the keywords are presented in all capital letters.)
National Institute for OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY and Health Information Inquiry Service4676 Columbia Parkway, C-19
Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)
(888) 232-6348 (TTY)
(513) 533-8347 (Fax)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Information Inquiry Service is a toll-free technical information service that provides convenient public access to NIOSH and its information resources. The service is available to anyone in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National ORAL HEALTH Information ClearinghouseNational Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
1 NOHIC Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3500
(301) 480-4098 (Fax)
The National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse (NOHIC) focuses on general oral health as well as the information needs of special care patients, including people with generic or systemic disorders that compromise oral health, whose medical treatments cause oral problems, or whose mental or physical disabilities complicate oral hygiene or treatment. NOHIC develops and distributes information and educational materials on general oral health and special care topics and provides information services with trained staff to respond to specific interests and questions. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays); voicemail available after hours.
NIH OSTEOPOROSIS and Related BONE DISEASES~National Resource Center2 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3676
(800) 624-BONE (624-2663)
(202) 466-4315 (TTY)
(202) 293-2356 (Fax)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center (NRC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides patients, health professionals, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases including osteoporosis, Paget's disease of the bones, and osteogenesis imperfecta. The NRC is dedicated to increasing the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of physicians, health professionals, patients, underserved and at-risk populations (such as Hispanic and Asian women, adolescents, and men), and the general public about the prevention, early detection, and treatment of osteoporosis and related bone diseases.
The NRC is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases with contributions from the National Institute on Aging, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and HHS Office on Women’s Health. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National PESTICIDE Information CenterOregon State University
310 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502
(541) 737-0761 (Fax)
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related topics, including pesticide product information, information on the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings, toxicology, and environmental chemistry. Highly trained specialists can also provide referrals for the following: laboratory analyses, investigation of pesticide incidents, emergency treatment information, safety information, health and environmental effects, and clean-up and disposal procedures. NPIC is a toll-free telephone service available to anyone in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the VirginIslands, including the general public, the hearing impaired, and medical, veterinary, and other health care professionals. Spanish-speaking specialists are available to assist with pesticide questions and provide services in more than 170 different languages including Mandarin, French, and German. Pesticide information is also available by visiting their new user-friendly Web site at http://npic.orst.edu. Both their full-color English and Spanish brochures are available online. Other research materials are available on request. NPIC is a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m., daily, Monday – Friday (Pacific time, except Federal holidays); voicemail available after hours.
POLICY Information CenterOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-F
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
The Policy Information Center (PIC) is a centralized repository of evaluations, short-term evaluative research reports and program inspections/audits relevant to the department’s operations, programs, and policies. Final reports and executive summaries are available for review at the facility, some may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service. Others are linked as full-text documents to abstract records in the Evaluation Database. In addition, the PIC Evaluation Database is accessible through the ASPE Web site, http://aspe.hhs.gov. The database includes more than 9,000 project descriptions of both in-process and completed studies. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
Office of POPULATION AFFAIRS ClearinghouseOffice of Population Affairs
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 30686
Bethesda, MD 20824-0686
(866) 592-3299 (Fax)
The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) Clearinghouse collects, develops, and distributes information on family planning, adoption, reproductive health care, and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS. The OPA Clearinghouse also maintains a database of the Title X Family Planning Clinics located through out the United States. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays), voicemail available after hours.
CDC National PREVENTION Information NetworkP.O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849-6003
(800) 458-5231 (English/Spanish)
(404) 679-3860 (International Callers)
(888) 282-7681 (Fax)
The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the United States reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). NPIN produces, collects, catalogs, processes, stocks, and disseminates materials and information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB to organizations and people working in those disease fields in international, national, state, and local settings. All NPIN services are designed to facilitate sharing of information and resources on education and prevention services, published materials, research findings, and trends among users. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National QUALITY MEASURES Clearinghouse™Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road, 6th Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC) is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets. NQMC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NQMC database and Web site provide information on specific evidence-based healthcare measures and measure sets. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National REHABILITATION INFORMATION Center8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 600
Landover, MD 20785
(301) 459-5984 (TTY)
(301) 459-4263 (Fax)
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is a library and information center on disability and rehabilitation. Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, NARIC collects and disseminates the results of federally funded research projects. The collection, which also includes books, journal articles, and audiovisuals, grows at a rate of about 300 documents per month. Information or referral free; $5.00 USD minimum for documents. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
RURAL ASSISTANCE CenterUniversity of North Dakota, Center for Rural Health
School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Room 4520
501 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
(800) 270-1913 (Fax)
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) serves as a rural health and human services information portal which helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents. Services provided include RAC’s Web site, electronic mailing lists, and customized assistance. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Central time, except Federal holidays).
RURAL INFORMATION CenterNational Agricultural Library
U.S. Department of Agriculture
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 132
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
(301) 504-5181 (Fax)
The Rural Information Center provides information and funding sources to tribal, local, state, and Federal Government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses; and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America’s rural areas. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
National Center on SLEEP DISORDERS ResearchNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Suite 10042
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 480-3451 (Fax)
The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) promotes basic, clinical, and applied research on sleep and sleep disorders by strengthening existing sleep research programs, training new investigators, and creating new programs to address important gaps and identify opportunities in sleep and sleep disorders. NCSDR sponsors workshops and conferences, and develops written and Web-based resources to educate health care professionals and the general public about sleep disorders, sleep-related research findings, and sleep-related public health. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
Office on SMOKING and HealthNational Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mail Stop K-50, Publications
4770 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
The Office on Smoking and Health develops and distributes the annual Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, coordinates a national public information and education program on tobacco use and health, and coordinates tobacco education and research efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services and throughout both Federal and State governments. The office provides information on smoking cessation, secondhand smoke, professional/technical information, and publications. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
SUBSTANCE ABUSE and MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AdministrationP.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
(877) SAMHSA-7 (726-4727)
(800) 487-4889 (TTY)
(240) 221-4292 (Fax)
SAMHSA’s mission is to disseminate information and products to promote the adoption of effective prevention, intervention, and treatment policies, programs, and practices; provide access to scientific research on substance abuse and mental health issues; and serve as a first point of contact for individuals seeking information on the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.
National TECHNICAL INFORMATION ServiceU.S. Department of Commerce
5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 487-4639 (TDD)
(703) 605-6900 (Fax)
The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is the Federal Government’s central source for the sale of scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information produced by or for the U.S. Government and complementary material from international sources. NTIS also offers thousands of multimedia, training, and educational programs produced by Federal agencies. Approximately 3 million products are available from NTIS in a variety of formats: electronic download, online access, computer products, multimedia, microfiche, and paper. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays); TDD 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
WEIGHT-CONTROL Information NetworkNational Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
1 WIN Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3665
(202) 828-1028 (Fax)
The Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) was established by the National Institutes of Health’s, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in June 1994. WIN is a national source of information on weight control, obesity, and weight-related nutritional disorders for health professionals and the public. WIN responds to both written and telephone requests for information and referrals, and provides a variety of written materials on obesity, weight control, and nutritional disorders. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).
WOMENSHEALTH.GOV8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
(888) 220-5446 (TDD)
(703) 663-6942 (Fax)
Womenshealth.gov is the most reliable and current information resource on women’s health today. They offer FREE women’s health information on more than 800 topics through their call center and Web site. By phone (in English and Spanish) or via our Web site you can find: original health information on special topics like pregnancy, breastfeeding, body image, HIV/AIDS, girls health, heart health, menopause and hormone therapy, mental health, quitting smoking, and violence against women; original health information and resources for special populations (minority women, women with disabilities, girls, men, and Spanish speakers); thousands of health publications; statistics on women’s health; daily news on women’s health; a calendar of women’s health events and more. Womenshealth.gov also sponsors the National Breastfeeding Helpline! Trained breastfeeding peer counselors can give support and encouragement and help with basic breastfeeding questions and concerns by phone at 1-800-994-9662 or by visiting: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding. Womenshealth.gov is a service of the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).