The organizations and resources on this list address a variety of health topics.
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality - www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/index.html
Information on quality health care.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program - www.ramsellcorp.com/medical_professionals/ca.aspx
Help paying for drugs to treat HIV/AIDS.
American Academy of Pediatrics - www.aap.org
Information on children's health topics.
American Board of Medical Specialties - www.abms.org
Learn about different specialties and find out if a specialist is board certified.
American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org
Learn about many kinds of cancer; find local support.
American Chronic Pain Association - www.theacpa.org
Information and resources for people with chronic pain.
American College of Surgeons - www.facs.org
Information on common operations and choosing a surgeon.
American Diabetes Association - www.diabetes.org
Information about diabetes, diet, exercise, weight loss, and prevention.
American Heart Association - www.americanheart.org
Information on heart disease and stroke.
American Lung Association - www.lungusa.org
Information on lung diseases; help making treatment decisions.
American Pregnancy Association - www.americanpregnancy.org
Information on many aspects of pregnancy.
Arthritis Foundation - www.arthritis.org
Information on arthritis and related conditions; help finding local resources.
AT Network - www.atnet.org
TTY - 1-800-900-0706
Information on equipment and assistive technology.
Best Buy Drugs - www.consumerreports.org/health/best-buy-drugs/index.htm
Information to help you choose drugs with lower costs and higher safety and effectiveness.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform - www.canhr.org
Information and help for people living in a nursing home.
California AIDS Hotline - www.aidshotline.org
Information on HIV/AIDS services.
California Association for Adult Day Services - www.caads.org
Information about adult day services and lists of centers serving adults with health care and/or supervision needs, including frail elders and persons with dementia, Alzheimer's, or multiple chronic health conditions.
California Dental Association - www.cda.org
Information on dental health and help finding a dentist or clinic that provides free or low-cost dental services.
California Department of Developmental Services -www.dds.ca.gov
Services for children who have disabilities or are at risk of developing slowly.
California Department of Social Services - http://www.cdss.ca.gov/In-Home-Supportive-Services
In-Home Support Services and Home Care information.
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers - www.cfilc.org
TTY - 916-325-1695
Resources for people with disabilities.
California Healthcare Foundation - www.chcf.org
Information about national health care costs and other health care policy issues.
California Hospital Association - www.calhealth.org
Find online or request a free Advance Health Care Directive form in English or Spanish.
California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative - www.caimmigrant.org
Information on health care benefits and rights for immigrants.
California Long-Term Care Search - www.calqualitycare.org
A guide to nursing homes, home health care, and hospice care.
California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) - www.oshpd.ca.gov
Information about hospital costs. List of each hospital's charges for common outpatient procedures (chargemaster).
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network - www.cpehn.org
Information and advocacy on health care policy for people from all cultural and linguistic groups.
California Partnership for Long-Term Care- www.rureadyca.org
Information about long-term care insurance.
California Registry - www.calregistry.com
Information on nursing home, long-term, and hospice care.
California Smoker's Helpline -www.californiasmokershelpline.org
Telephone and online help to stop smoking.
Resources to help you compare hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Cancer information (National Cancer Institute)- www.cancer.gov
Information and research on cancer treatments.
Cancer Legal Resource Center -www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org
Provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to people with cancer, their families, friends, employers, health care professionals and others coping with cancer.
Center Watch - www.centerwatch.com
Information on clinical trials.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov
Information on health and safety topics, including immunization guidelines, various diseases and conditions, and workplace safety.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - www.cms.hhs.gov
Information on Medicare, Medicaid, and HIPAA.
Clinical trials - www.clinicaltrials.gov
Information on clinical trials.
County Medical Services Program (CMSP) - www.cmspcounties.org
Health care for low-income adults in 34 California counties.
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency - www.dcara.org
Resources for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Disability Rights California - www.disabilityrightsca.org
TTY - 1-800-719-5798
Information and resources for people with disabilities.
Drug Digest - www.drugdigest.org
Check for drug interactions.
Families USA -www.familiesusa.org
National organization that advocates for health care consumers. Information about health policy issues.
Family Caregiver Alliance - www.caregiver.org
Information and help for family caregivers.
Food and Drug Administration - www.fda.gov
Information on prescription drugs, vitamins and herbs.
Go Ask Alice! - Columbia University- www.goaskalice.columbia.edu
Teens and adults ask questions about health. Answers are given by a team of Columbia University experts.
Health Center Finder (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) -http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
Find a health center that provides no-cost/low-cost care to the uninsured. Payment is based on your income and what you can afford.
Health Consumer Alliance - www.healthconsumer.org
Information in many languages on low-cost health care (Click on publications).
A portal to online information on health care and drug safety.
Hospital Bill Help - www.hospitalbillhelp.org
Information to help you deal with hospital bills.
The Kaiser Family Foundation -www.kff.org
Information and reports on health care policy issues.
KidsHealth - www.kidshealth.org
Information on children's health.
Lab Tests Online - www.labtestsonline.org
Information about lab tests.
March of Dimes -www.marchofdimes.com
Information on birth defects, premature birth, and newborn screenings.
Mayo Clinic - www.mayoclinic.com
Consumer information on many health topics.
Medline Plus - www.medlineplus.gov
Find health information online. Or call for telephone assistance.
Mental Health Association in California- www.mhac.org
Information and advocacy for people with mental health problems.
My Family Health Portrait - www.dhhs.gov/familyhistory
Create a family health history report.
My Health Resource - www.myhealthresource.org
Online guide to find health care services and programs in your community.
NAMI (National Association of the Mentally Ill)- www.namicalifornia.org
Information and support for people with mental health problems and families with seriously mentally ill relatives.
National Committee for Quality Assurance - www.ncqa.org
Information on quality health care and health plan standards.
National Guideline Clearinghouse - www.guideline.gov
Care guidelines for many health conditions.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute -www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Information, research, and clinical trials related to heart, lung, and blood diseases.
National Immunization Hotline -www.cdc.gov/nip
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases-www.niddk.nih.gov
Information, research and clinical trials related to diabetes, digestive and kidney disorders.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke -www.ninds.nih.gov
Information and research related to stroke and neurological disorders.
National Institute on Aging - www.nia.nih.gov
Information for seniors.
National Institutes of Health - www.health.nih.gov
Information on many health issues.
NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center - www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone
Information and research on osteoporosis.
Poison Action Line - www.calpoison.org
Help for victims of poisoning. Fast, free, and expert treatment advice and referral over the phone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances.
Su Familia -www.hispanichealth.org
1-866-783-2645 (National Hispanic Family Health Helpline)
1-877-658-8896 (Cuidando con cariño/Compassionate Care Helpline)
1-800-504-7081 (National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline)
Information and referrals in Spanish to local health clinics.