Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses

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AbleData (Assistive Devices, Rehabilitation)
103 West Broad St., Suite 400
Falls Church, VA 22046
abledata@newseditions.net

http://www.abledata.com

(800) 227-0216
(703) 992-8313 (TTY)
(703) 356-8314 (Fax)

Se habla español

AbleData is an internationally recognized resource for objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment, serving the Nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities. Offering the most comprehensive listing of assistive products available, AbleData provides information on almost 40,000 assistive products, 5,000 manufacturers and distributors, and 3,000 disability-related organizations as well as abstracts of over 11,000 books and articles relating to assistive technology. AbleData provides detailed descriptions of each product’s functions and features, price information (when available), and contact information for the manufacturer and distributors. The AbleData website, www.abledata.com offers free, 24/7 access to all of AbleData’s information resources. AbleData staff are available to respond to public inquiries about assistive technology by telephone via a toll-free number as well as by email, fax, text telephone, and regular mail. Staff are available 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time) except Federal holidays. AbleData is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living. AbleData does not sell products and we do not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
National Institute on Aging

Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
adear@nia.nih.gov

http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

(800) 438-4380
(301) 496-1072 (Fax)

The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center provides information about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders to health professionals, patients and their families, and the public. Most of the publications are provided at no charge as a service of the National Institute on Aging, one of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

ASPE Library
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 415F
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
aspe@hhs.gov

http://aspe.hhs.gov/reports

(202) 690-7858

The ASPE library 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 HHS Evaluation Database is accessible through the ASPE Web site, http://aspe.hhs.gov. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

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Cancer Information Service
Office of Communications and Education
National Cancer Institute
BG 9609 MSC 9760
9609 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-9760

http://www.cancer.gov

(800) 4-CANCER (422-6237) (English/Spanish)
(877) 44U-QUIT (448-7848) (Smoking Cessation)

The Cancer Information Service (CIS) provides information about cancer and cancer-related resources to patients, the public, and health professionals. Inquiries are handled by trained information specialists and Spanish-speaking staff members are available. CIS distributes free publications from the National Cancer Institute. Hours of operation: Phone - 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Live Help/Chat (English) - 8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., (Spanish) 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

CDC National Prevention Information Network
P.O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849-6003
NPIN-info@cdc.gov

http://www.cdcnpin.org

(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636) (English/Spanish)
(888) 232-6348 (TTY)

The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the United States reference and referral service for information on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis (TB), school health, and health communication. NPIN is a next-generation clearinghouse that collects and disseminates data and materials to support the work of prevention organizations and workers in international, national, state, and local settings. All NPIN services are designed to facilitate program collaboration in sharing information, resources, published materials, research, and trends among the four diseases. Hours of operation: Phone - 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Outreach and Information Center
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
5001 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20740
ConsumerInfo@fda.hhs.gov

http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CFSAN/default.htm

(888)-SAFEFOOD (723-3366)

The goal of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) Communications and Coordination Branch (CCB) is to enhance CFSAN’s ability to provide and respond to the public’s desire/demand for more useful, timely, and accurate information regarding its regulated products. CCB was also established to enhance the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to provide accurate and meaningful information to the public about food safety. In addition to providing food safety information, CCB provides assistance with other CFSAN issues including nutrition, dietary supplements, food labeling, cosmetics, food additives, and food biotechnology. Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Closed Thurs. 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (eastern time). Consumer recorded information available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Children's Bureau
Administration for Children and Families
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
info@childwelfare.gov

https://www.childwelfare.gov/

(800) 394-3366

The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. The Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals, as well as concerned citizens to timely, essential information. A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they also provide access to print and electronic publications, Web sites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion, and more. Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays). Live Chat, hours of operation 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (eastern time).

Clearinghouse on Disability Information
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
550 12th Street, S.W., Room 5133
Washington, DC 20202-2550

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/codi.html

(202) 245-7307
(202) 205-5637 (TTD)
(202) 245-7636 (Fax)

The clearinghouse provides information to people with disabilities, or anyone requesting information, by doing research and providing documents in response to inquiries. Information provided includes areas of Federal funding for disability-related programs. Clearinghouse staff is trained to refer requests to other sources of disability-related information, if necessary. Information provided may be useful to individuals with disabilities, their families, schools and universities, teachers and school administrators, and organizations that have persons with disabilities as clients.

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Education Resources Information Center
Institute of Education Sciences
550 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20202

http://www.eric.ed.gov
https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/eric.asp

(800) LET-ERIC (538-3742)

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a digital library of education-related resources, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC’s mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information that also meets the requirements of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. A fundamental goal for ERIC’s future is to increase the availability and quality of research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

Eldercare Locator
Administration on Aging
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx

(800) 677-1116

The Eldercare Locator, a toll-free, operator-assisted service funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors. The service links family members and the public to the information and referral (I&R) services of their state and area agencies on aging. These I&R programs can help you identify appropriate services in the area where you or your family members reside.. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays); voicemail 24 hours a day. Online Chat available.

Environmental Protection Agency
National Library Network, MC 3404T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
epalibrarynetwork@epa.gov

http://www.epa.gov/libraries

(202) 566-0556

The libraries offer general information about the agency and refer inquiries to the appropriate regional or program office. The public may visit and use the libraries collections onsite, but materials do not circulate to non-EPA staff. The libraries do not distribute agency publications. The EPA National Library Network is composed of libraries and repositories located in the Agency’s Headquarters, Regional and Field Offices, Research Centers, and specialized laboratories, as well as Web-based access to electronic collections. Information about the EPA National Library Network, including a listing of libraries, may be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/libraries/libraries.htm. The combined network collections contain information about the environment and related scientific, technical, management, and policy information. The EPA Online Library System is the Network’s online catalog of library holdings and is available at http://www2.epa.gov/libraries/catalog. The public can request EPA library materials, including journals, books, and EPA documents, via interlibrary loan from their local library. The National Environmental Publications Internet Site, http://www.epa.gov/nscep, the Agency’s gateway for EPA publications, provides free access to more than 31,000 electronic EPA documents and more than 7,000 hard-copy EPA documents. Hours of operation: Public - 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; EPA Staff - 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Information Resource Center
31 Center Drive
Building 31, Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
nichdinformationresourcecenter@mail.nih.gov

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/Pages/index.aspx

(800) 370-2943
(888) 320-6942 (TTY)
(866) 760-5947 (Fax)

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Information Resource Center provides information on health issues related to NICHD research. NICHD supports and conducts research on health topics related to children, adults, families, and communities. NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences related to child and maternal health, in medical rehabilitation, and in the reproductive sciences. NICHD also leads a consortium of Federal agencies in leading the National Children’s Study, which will examine environmental effects on child health and development. The NICHD Information Resource Center offers trained information specialists who have access to information and referral services on topics related to the mission of NICHD. The information specialists provide information in both English and Spanish. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

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Federal Citizen Information Center

http://publications.usa.gov

(719) 295-2675

The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services for more than 35 years. The quarterly Consumer Information Catalog lists more than 200 free or low-cost Federal publications on a variety of topics. The Consumer Action Handbook is a 160-page guide designed to help citizens find the best and most direct source for assistance with their consumer problems and questions. FCIC on the web (USA.gov, Kids.gov, Pueblo.gsa.gov, ConsumerAction.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov and Consumidor.gov) features these publications and many more that visitors can view, print, or download for free. It also features consumer news and tips and updates from various Federal agencies. FCIC’s National Contact Center has specially trained staff who can answer questions in English and Spanish about all aspects of the Federal Government or direct callers to an appropriate contact. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

Food and Nutrition Information Center
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 108
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
FNIC@ars.usda.gov

http://fnic.nal.usda.gov

(301) 504-5755
(301) 504-7402 (Fax)

The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is one of several information centers located at the National Agricultural Library, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. FNIC provides information on food, human nutrition, and food safety. Resource lists, databases, and many other food and nutrition-related links are available on the FNIC Web site. FNIC collection includes books, manuals, journal articles, and audiovisual materials. Eligible patrons may borrow directly; others may borrow through interlibrary loan. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center
P.O. Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD

(888) 205-2311
(301) 251-4925 (International Callers)
(888) 205-3223 (TTY)
(301) 251-4911 (Fax)

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) created the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center to help people find useful information, in English or Spanish, about genetic and rare diseases. You can write to GARD anytime via e-mail, letter, or fax. Bilingual Information Specialists are available to respond to inquiries in Spanish. All information requests are completely confidential. Hours of operation: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (eastern Time, except Federal holidays).

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Health Resources and Services Administration Information Center
8280 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 22102

http://www.hrsa.gov

(888) ASK-HRSA (275-4772)
(877) 4TY-HRSA (489-4772) (TTY)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Information Center provides publications, resources, and referrals on health care services for medically underserved individuals and populations. Trained information specialists answer questions, refer callers to subject-specific information resources, and provide HRSA publications. Spanish-speaking information specialists are available. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

HUD USER (Housing and Urban Development)
P.O. Box 23268
Washington, DC 20026-3268
helpdesk@huduser.org

http://www.huduser.org

(800) 245-2691
(800) 927-7589 (TDD)
(202) 708-9981 (Fax)

HUD USER disseminates publications for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research. HUD USER offers database searches on housing research and provides reports on housing safety, housing for elderly and handicapped persons, and lead-based paint. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

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National Aging Information and Referral Support Center
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
1201 15th Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
info@nasua.org

http://www.nasuad.org/initiatives/national-information-referral-support-center

(202) 898-2578
(202) 898-2583 (Fax)

The National Aging Information and Referral Support Center is designed to enhance the capacity of aging information and referral/assistance (I&R/A) systems to provide the information, counseling, decision supports, and advocacy needed to secure services and benefits for an ever-growing and increasingly diverse population of older persons and caregivers. Funding is provided by the Administration for Community Living and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Audiovisual Center
National Technical Information Service
U.S. Department of Commerce
5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
info@ntis.gov

https://classic.ntis.gov/products/nac/

(800) 553-NTIS (553-6847)

The National Audiovisual Center is a unique centralized resource for federally developed training and education materials. Its collection contains more than 9,000 audiovisual and media productions. The range of subject areas includes training in occupational safety and health, fire services, law enforcement, and foreign languages. Information and educational materials include areas such as history, health, agriculture, and natural resources. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Information Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 7923
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-7923
info@nccam.nih.gov

https://nccih.nih.gov

(888) 644-6226
(866) 464-3615 (TTY)
(866) 464-3616 (Fax)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Information Clearinghouse operates a toll-free telephone service. Information specialists search NCCAM databases for scientific information on complementary medicine practices therapies or conditions and can answer inquiries in English and Spanish. The Fax-on-Demand service, with factsheets and other information, is also available through the toll-free number. NCCAM services and materials are provided at no cost. The clearinghouse does not provide medical referrals, medical advice, or recommendations for specific complementary medicine practices therapies. Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Center on Elder Abuse
c/o University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 22 Bld. A-6
Alhambra, CA 91803
ncea-info@aoa.hhs.gov

http://www.ncea.acl.gov

(855) 500-3537 (ELDR)
(626) 457-4090 (Fax)

The National Center on Elder Abuse is a national resource for elder rights, law enforcement and legal professionals, public policy leaders, researchers, and the public. The center’s mission is to promote understanding, knowledge sharing, and action on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Pacific time, except Federal holidays). Spanish assistance provided Thursdays and Fridays only.

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth
5515 Security Lane, Suite 800
North Bethesda, MD 20852
requests@ncfy.com

http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov

(301) 608-8098
(240) 645-4526 (For Spanish)
(301) 587-4352 (Fax)

The clearinghouse links those interested in youth issues with the resources they need to better serve young people, families, and communities. It offers materials for distribution at conferences. The Web site includes a searchable literature database and information on funding sources. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
Teaching Research Institute
Western Oregon University
345 North Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361
info@nationaldb.org

http://www.nationaldb.org

(503) 838-8754
(503) 838-8150 (Fax)

DB-LINK at the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) provides information related to children and youth who are deaf-blind. Parents, service providers, administrators, and others who need information are invited to contact DB-LINK for information. NCDB is a collaborative effort of the Helen Keller National Center, Perkins School for the Blind, and the Teaching Research Institute of Western Oregon University. NCDB is the sponsor of the publication Deaf-Blind Perspectives. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays); voicemail 24 hours a day.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
responsecenter@ncjrs.gov

https://www.ncjrs.gov

(800) 851-3420
(202) 836-6998 (International Callers)
(301) 240-6310 (TTY)
(301) 240-5830 (Fax)

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) was established in 1972 as a centralized information service for criminal justice practitioners and researchers. NCJRS provides reference services; distributes publications of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs; acquires publications for its collection; and provides other services, such as document loan and information dissemination, via the Internet. A computerized database includes abstracts of all materials in the NCJRS collection. (The database is available on CD-ROM and on DIALOG.) Health issues covered by NCJRS include violence prevention; mental illness and crime; victimization; human development and criminal behavior; family violence and child abuse; health care fraud; substance abuse and treatment; and correctional health care, including AIDS and tuberculosis. Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov

http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov

(800) 860-8747
(866) 569-1162 (TTY)
(703) 738-4929 (Fax)

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) is an information and referral service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health. The clearinghouse responds to written, telephone, and e-mail inquiries; develops and distributes publications about diabetes; and provides referrals to diabetes organizations, including support groups. NDIC has developed valuable tools and resources for consumers and health professional, which can be accessed at http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/resources. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov

http://www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov

(800) 860-8747
(866) 569-1162 (TTY)
(703) 738-4929 (Fax)

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is an information and referral service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health. A central information resource on the prevention and management of digestive diseases, the clearinghouse responds to written inquiries, develops and distributes publications about digestive diseases, and provides referrals to digestive disease organizations, including support groups. NDDIC maintains a database of patient and professional education materials from which literature searches are generated. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (Eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service
6 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3569
healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov

http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov

(800) 860-8747
(866) 569-1162 (TTY)
(703) 738-4929 (Fax)

The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (NEMDIS) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NEMDIS answers inquiries, develops and distributes publications, and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about endocrine and metabolic diseases. NEMDIS’ resources for consumers and health professionals can be accessed at http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/resources Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Guideline Clearinghouse™
Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

http://www.guideline.gov

(301) 427-1364

The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans (now America’s Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]). Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Health Information Center
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL 100
Rockville, MD 20852
odphpinfo@hhs.gov

http://www.health.gov/nhic

(800) 336-4797
(301) 565-4167
(240) 453-8282 (Fax)

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. NHIC supports public health education and promotion by maintaining a calendar of National Health Observances. In addition, NHIC helps connect health professionals and consumers to the organizations that can best answer their questions by providing up-to-date contact information for the most reliable resources. NHIC updates the following information each year: National Health Observances; Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses; Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824–0105
nhlbinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

(301) 592-8573
For access to free Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), dial 7-1-1 on your telephone.
(240) 629-3255 (TTY)
(301) 592-8563 (Fax)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. The NHLBI plans and directs research in development and evaluation of interventions and devices related to prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients suffering from such diseases and disorders. For health professionals and the public, the NHLBI conducts educational activities, including development and dissemination of materials in the above areas, with an emphasis on prevention. Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, and December 24).

National Hematologic Diseases Information Service
7 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3571
healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov

http://www.hematologic.niddk.nih.gov

(800) 860-8747
(866) 569-1162 (TTY)
(703) 738-4929 (Fax)

The National Hematologic Diseases Information Service (NHDIS) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NHDIS provides information about hematologic diseases to people with hematologic diseases and to their families, health care professionals, and the public. The NHDIS answers inquiries, develops and distributes publications, and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about hematologic diseases. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Building 38A, Room 4S-410
Bethesda, MD 20894
nichsr@nlm.nih.gov

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr

(301) 496-0176
(301) 402-3193 (Fax)

The 1993 NIH Revitalization Act created a National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology at the National Library of Medicine. The Center works closely with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to improve the dissemination of the results of health services research, with special emphasis on the growing body of evidence reports and technology assessments, which provide organizations with comprehensive, science-based information on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Injury Information Clearinghouse
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway, Room 820
Bethesda, MD 20814

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/About-CPSC/National-Injury-Information-Clearinghouse/

(800) 638-2772 CPSC Hotline
(301) 595-7054 (TTY)
(301) 504-7921
(301) 504-0025 (Fax)

Sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the clearinghouse collects and disseminates information on the causes and prevention of death, injury, and illness associated with consumer products. It compiles data obtained from accident reports, consumer complaints, death certificates, news clips, and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System operated by the CPSC. Publications include statistical analyses of data and hazard and accident patterns. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Information Inquiry Service
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
cdcinfo@cdc-gov

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh

(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)
(888) 232-6348 (TTY)

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: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Institute of Aging
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
niaic@nia.nih.gov

http://www.nia.nih.gov

(800) 222-2225
(800) 222-4225 (TTY)
(301) 496-1752

The National Institute on Aging Information Center provides publications on health topics of interest to older adults, doctors, nurses, social activities directors, health educators, and the public. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
NIAMS/National Institutes of Health
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
niamsinfo@mail.nih.gov

http://www.niams.nih.gov

(877) 22-NIAMS (226-4267)
(301) 495-4484
(301) 565-2966 (TTY)
(301) 718-6366 (Fax)

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Information Clearinghouse serves the public, patients, and health professionals by providing information, locating other information sources, creating health information materials, and participating in a national Federal database on health Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Information Clearinghouse
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov

http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

(800) 241-1044
(301) 827-8183
(800) 241-1055 (TTY)
(301) 402-0018 (Fax)

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Information Clearinghouse collects and disseminates information on hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language for health professionals, patients, people in industry, and the public. NIDCD maintains a database of references to brochures, books, articles, factsheets, organizations, and educational materials, called the NIDCD Health Information Index. It also develops publications, including directories, factsheets, brochures, information packets, and newsletters. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Institute on Drug Abuse Virtual Information Center
Office of Science Policy and Communications
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213, MSC 9561
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
information@nida.nih.gov

http://www.nida.nih.gov
http://teens.drugabuse.gov (NIDA for Teens)
http://easyread.drugabuse.gov (NIDA Easy-to-Read Drug Facts)

(301) 443-1124
(877) 643-2644 (Publication Orders)
(240) 645-0228 (TDD)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Virtual Information Center (NIDA VIC) responds to inquiries sent to the Institute (via information@nida.nih.gov or the NIDA and NIDA for Teens Web sites) by the public, medical and health professionals, educators, researchers, people in the substance abuse field, and the media. Information is provided on the common drugs of abuse and a variety of topics related to drug abuse and addiction. The NIDA Research Dissemination Center (NIDA RDC) distributes publications for NIDA. To order free print copies of publication within the United States, call the NIDA RDC at (877) 643-2644, send them a fax at (240) 645-0227, or e-mail them at drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. E-mail or fax NIDA RDC for information on international shipping. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3580
healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov

http://www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/

(800) 860-8747
(866) 569-1162 (TTY)
(703) 738-4929 (Fax)

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) is an information and referral service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health. The clearinghouse responds to written inquiries, e-mail, and telephone requests, develops and distributes publications about kidney and urologic diseases, and provides referrals to kidney and urologic disease organizations, including support groups. NKUDIC maintains a database of patient and professional education materials from which literature searches are generated. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Lead Information Center
422 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

http://www2.epa.gov/lead/forms/lead-hotline-national-lead-information-center

(800) 424-LEAD (424-5323)
(585) 232-3111 (Fax)

The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. NLIC provides information on lead poisoning and children, lead-based paint, a list of local and state contacts who can help, and other lead-related questions. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Reference Section
1291 Taylor Street NW
Washington, DC 20542-0001
nls@loc.gov

http://www.loc.gov/nls

(202) 707-5100
(800) 424-8567
(202) 707-0744 (TDD)
(202) 707-0712 (Fax)

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped administers a national library service that provides braille and recorded books and magazines on free loan to eligible residents of the United States or American citizens living abroad who cannot read or use standard printed materials because of permanent or temporary visual or physical disabilities. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University
Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272
ohrcinfo@georgetown.edu

http://www.mchoralhealth.org

(202) 784-9771

The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. ORHC collaborates with Federal, state, and local agencies; national and state organizations and associations; and foundations, to gather, develop, and share quality and valued information and materials. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
1 NOHIC Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3500
nidcrinfo@mail.nih.gov

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

(866) 232-4528
(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.

National Pesticide Information Center
Oregon State University
310 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502
npic@ace.orst.edu

http://npic.orst.edu

(800) 858-7378

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 Virgin Islands, 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: 8:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m., daily, Monday – Friday (Pacific time, except Federal holidays); voicemail available after hours.

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
info@qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov

http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov

(301) 427-1364

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 Center
8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 500
Landover, MD 20785
naricinfo@heitechservices.com

http://www.naric.com

(800) 346-2742
(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: 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National SUID/SIDS Gateway
Georgetown University
Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272
info@sidscenter.org

http://ncemch.org/suid-sids/

(866) 624-1935
(202) 784-9770
(202) 784-9777 (Fax)

The National SUID/SIDS Gateway serves as a resource for states, communities, professionals, and families to reduce sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), promote healthy outcomes, and cope with grief when losses occur. The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library provides a toll-free information line and e-mail service to answer requests for information or publications; maintains an accessible Web site with continuously updated information, resources, and links to programs and services; identifies informational and educational needs within the MCH and sudden infant death communities; develops print and Web-based materials for professionals and the public; dedicates one issue per month of the MCH Alert electronic newsletter to highlighting current infant mortality topics; maintains comprehensive searchable databases of information; connects people with programs and services through direct referrals; promotes awareness and enhances knowledge through outreach activities; and works closely with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and its consortium partners, parents-professional organizations, and government agencies. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

National Technical Information Service
U.S. Department of Commerce
5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
info@ntis.gov

http://www.ntis.gov

(800) 553-6847
(703) 605-6000
(703) 487-4639 (TDD)
(703) 605-6900 (Fax)

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is the Federal Government’s largest central source for government-funded 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).

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases~National Resource Center
2 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3676
nihboneinfo@mail.nih.gov

http://www.bones.nih.gov

(800) 624-BONE (624-2663)
(202) 223-0344
(202) 466-4315 (TTY)
(202) 293-2356 (Fax)

The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center provides patients, health professionals, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases. The mission of NIH ORBD~NRC is to expand awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of these diseases as well as strategies for coping with them. 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).

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Office of Minority Health Resource Center
Office of Minority Health
P.O. Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov

http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov

(800) 444-6472
(240) 453-2882
(301) 251-1432 (TDD)
(301) 251-2160 (Fax)

The center responds to information requests from health professionals and consumers on minority health issues and locates sources of technical assistance. It provides referrals to relevant organizations and distributes materials. Spanish-speaking operators are available. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

Office of Population Affairs
Office 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
opa@hhs.gov

http://www.hhs.gov/opa/

(240) 453-2800
(240) 453-2801 (Fax)

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) administers the Title X program and serves as the focal point to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health on a wide range of reproductive health topics, including family planning, adolescent pregnancy, sterilization and other population issues. Title X is the only federal program dedicated solely to the provision of family planning and related preventive services. The Office of Population Affairs operates under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays), voicemail available after hours.

Office on Smoking and Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Highway, N.E., MS-K-50
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
tobaccoinfo@cdc.gov

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco

(800) 232-4636
(888) 232-6348 (TTY)

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).

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Rural Health Information Hub
School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Suite E231
1301 N. Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
info@ruralhealthinfo.org

https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/

(800) 270-1898
(800) 270-1913 (Fax)

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) 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 RHIhub’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 Center
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 123
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
ric@ars.usda.gov

http://ric.nal.usda.gov

(800) 633-7701
(301) 504-5755
(301) 504-7042 (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).

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Safe Drinking Water Hotline
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water (4100T)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Mail Code 4606M
Washington, DC 20460

http://water.epa.gov/drink/hotline/index.cfm

(800) 426-4791
(703) 412-3330 (Local and International Calls)

The EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline is a service of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. It provides the general public, regulators, medical and water professionals, academia, and media, with information about drinking water and ground water programs authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The hotline responds to factual questions in the following program areas: local drinking water quality; drinking water standards; public drinking water systems; source water protection; large-capacity residential septic systems; commercial and industrial septic systems; injection wells; and drainage wells. Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays, as well as the day after Thanksgiving day, but are open on Veteran’s Day).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
samhsainfo@samhsa.hhs.gov

http://www.samhsa.gov/

(877) SAMHSA-7 (726-4727)
(800) 487-4889 (TDD)

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. Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (eastern time, except Federal holidays).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center
HomelessPrograms@samsha.hhs.gov

http://www.homeless.samhsa.gov

SAMHSA’s Homelessness Resource Center (HRC), is an interactive learning community dedicated to disseminating knowledge and best practices to prevent and end homelessness. It includes providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at Federal, State, and local levels. The HRC website is part of the Homelessness Resource Network (HRN), a collaboration to share a common digital library of over 9,000 resources related to homelessness, mental illness, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and traumatic stress.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service

See the listing in the government section of your telephone book for your local extension office, which can provide information on health, nutrition, fitness, and family well-being.

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Weight-Control Information Network
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
1 WIN Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3665
healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov

http://win.niddk.nih.gov

(800) 860-8747
(866) 569-1162
(301) 634-0716 (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.gov
Office on Women’s Health
200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 712E
Washington, DC 20201

http://www.womenshealth.gov

(800) 994-9662
(202) 690-7650 (Local)
(888) 220-5446 (TDD)
(202) 205-2631 (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; 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).