Health and Professional Organizations (3)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS is the principal agency of the United States government for protecting human health. Its programs cover issues relating to services for older Americans, the prevention of domestic violence and child abuse, ensuring that food and medicines are safe, immunizations and the prevention of infectious disease outbreaks, services to low-income families, and many other health-related concerns, including research in medical and social science. It is the largest grantmaking agency in the federal government. Operating divi­sions of HHS include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Indian Health Services (IHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Web Site: http://www.hhs.gov

Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE)

DHPE is concerned with developing policies and resources and conducting community-based programs in health promotion and education to prevent disease. It aims at creating public awareness of the need for health promo­tion, health education, and disease prevention and provides opportunities for continuing education in the fields of health promotion and health edu­cation to enhance professional practice. DHPE consists of fifty-five direc­tors of health education and health promotion in the United States and its territories, including the Indian Health Service.

Address: 1101 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, DC 20005 Web Site: http://www.dhpe.org

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA is a regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is the responsibility of protecting the health of the public by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and vet­erinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the nation’s food sup­ply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA is also responsible for advancing the public’s health by advancing innovations that make medi­cines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get accurate, science-based information needed to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

Web Site: http://www.fda.org

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA, an agency of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, exists to improve and expand access to quality health care for all Americans, thus eliminating barriers to health care and health disparities.

Address: 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857 Web Site: http://www.hrsa.gov

International Health Foundation (IHF)

The International Health Foundation, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland (with a main office in the Netherlands), dedicated to advancing the health of humankind by defining human mental, physical, and social problems and contributing to their solu­tions. IHF promotes research and education, conducts and publishes health- related studies, and publishes a quarterly information bulletin.

Address: Europalaan 506, NL-3526 KS Utrecht, Netherlands Web Site: http://www.ihf.nl

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

IPPF is a nongovernmental, independent association that works to initiate and support family planning services, develop resources, and stimulate research. IPPF currently links national autonomous Family Planning Associations in over 180 countries globally and is committed to promoting the right and freedom of women to decide on the number and spacing of their children. The federation provides several publications, including a bimonthly medical bulletin.

Address: Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS, United Kingdom

Web Site: http://www.ippf.org

International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB)

ISHIB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and life expectancy of ethnic populations in the United States and around the world. The organization was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1986 to respond to the problem of high blood pressure among African Americans and has since broadened its mission to include the total spectrum of eth­nicity and disease.

ISHIB aims at stimulating research and clinical investigation; dis­seminating scientific findings to aid in the understanding of differences in obesity, hypertension, and other health issues among ethnic groups; promoting public awareness of the harmful effects of hypertension, espe­cially among African Americans; educating the public on ways to prevent the complications of hypertension; and developing health-related programs to improve the quality of life and health expectancy in ethnic minority pop­ulations worldwide.

ISHIB sponsors yearly international conferences at different geograph­ical locations, attracting people in the medical and health care professions from throughout the world who want to learn at first hand the latest in research and clinical practice.

ISHIB publishes a newsletter, as well as a quarterly journal, Ethnicity and Disease.

Address: 2045 Manchester Street N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324

Web Site: http://www.ishib.org

International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

IUHPE is an international professional organization committed to advanc­ing public health and the development of health promotion and education around the world. Formerly the International Union for Health Education (IUHE), it now includes health promotion.

IUHPE has constituent, institutional, and individual memberships and works in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

IUHPE publishes the journal Promotion and Education, an international quarterly journal, and NARO News.

Address: 42 Boulevard de la Libération, F-93203 Saint-Denis Cedex, France Web Site: http://www.iuhpe.org

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)

NACHC is the leading organization representing the nation’s network of health centers. It provides services including technical assistance to sup?port health centers in their provision of health services, particularly to the poor and underserved in their community. It is within their mission to advance high-quality, comprehensive health care and making it easily accessible to all underserved groups. NACHC members are kept informed about health care policies and new information on primary health care. In addition, they are provided with educational tools to assist in program development in an effort to eliminate health disparities in populations and improve health outcomes.

Address: 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 210, Bethesda, MD 20814 Web Site: http://www.nachc.com

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHO is the national nonprofit organization that represents local gov­ernment public health agencies, including tribal public health agencies. The organization is involved in providing education, information, research, and technical assistance to health departments.

Address: 1100 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 Web Site: http://www.naccho.org

National Association of Senior Health Professionals (NASHP)

NASHP is a new Web-based membership organization specifically designed to address the unique needs and special interests of professionals in the rap­idly growing field of senior health. Membership is open to any professional who works with older adults in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including hospital-based senior membership program directors, health edu­cators, health promotion staff, activity professionals, and fitness program and health club staff. Members are provided with instant access to impor­tant information related to the association and its goals.

Address: 1850 West Winchester Road, Suite 213, Libertyville, IL 60048 Web Site: http://seniorprograms.com

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

NCI is a constituent of the National Institutes of Health and is the lead agency for cancer research and dissemination of cancer information. It is responsible for coordinating research projects at academic and medical institutions and in industry both domestically and abroad and provides funding through grants for fellowships, research, and training in the pre­vention, control, and treatment of cancer.

Web Site: http://www.nci.nih.gov

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Established by Congress in 1998, NCCAM is one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health. Its mission is to explore complementary and alternative health care practices through scientific research and dissemina­tion of research findings to the public. NCCAM is also involved in provid­ing grants for training and career development for researchers and operates a clearinghouse of information for public access.

Address: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892 Web Site: http://nccam.nih.gov

National Center for Health Education

The National Center for Health Education is an independent nonprofit organization established as the lead agency for lifelong comprehensive health education in the United States. Its aim is to provide information exchange, technical assistance, research, and evaluation for improving the health of Americans. The center is also concerned with advocacy and brings together members of diverse groups to discuss issues related to health and health education in an effort to improve health.

Web Site: http://www.nche.org

 

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)
NCHEC is the official organization responsible for establishing, implementing, and maintaining a certification process for health education specialists through professional preparation and professional development. Its mission is to improve the quality of health education practice and to ensure continual updating of skills and knowledge.

This organization was established in 1988 and became incorporated as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization with an elected board of directors. In the early years, experienced health educators were permitted to apply for charter certification, but since 1990, individuals must become certified by passing an examination. Recertification is made available every five years based on continuing-education criteria.

Address: 944 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109 Web Site: http://www.nchec.org

National Council on the Aging (NCOA)

NCOA is the nation’s first association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being, and contributions of older persons. Founded in 1950, NCOA is a private, non­profit association consisting of individuals and organizations, including senior centers, adult day service centers, area agencies on aging, employ­ment services, congregate meal sites, faith congregations, health centers, and senior housing.

NCOA is also part of a network of more than seventeen thousand organizations and individuals, including professionals, volunteers, service providers, consumer groups, businesses, government agencies, religious groups, and voluntary organizations, and is a national voice and powerful advocate for public policies, societal attitudes, and business practices that promote vital aging. NCOA often leads campaigns to preserve funding for the Older Americans Act and other government programs that benefit seniors and their families.

Address: 300 D Street, S.W., Suite 801, Washington, DC 20024 Web Site: http://www.ncoa.org

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