Advance Directives

The following Advance Directives are discussed and a link for downloading is provided:

  • Consent to Medical Treatment
  • Declaration for Mental Health Treatment
  • Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates Form
  • Medical Power of Attorney Form
  • Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Info and Form
  • Procedure When Person Has Not Executed or Issued a Directive and is Incompetent or Incapable of Communication

African American Health

National Library of Medicine MEDLINE/PLUS web page with a lot of information about African American health.

All About Vision.

This site provides information to consumers about eye care and eye correction. It offers comprehensive coverage of refractive correction including LASIK, contact lenses and eyeglasses. In addition, it covers a wide range of eye conditions and diseases, from macular degeneration to pink eye. The content is reviewed by an Editorial Board of eye doctors and is accredited by the Health on the Net Foundation.

American Heart Association

take the GoRed Heart Checkup

Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Diseases and Conditions




American Hospital Association. Consumer Health Care Information

This web site is list of consumer-oriented health care web sites. It includes the following categories:

  • Finding health information
  • Understanding the health care system
  • Locating a health care provider
  • Preparing for your health care experience
  • Partnering for safe, high-quality health care
  • Getting the support you need

American Indian Health

  • Health Topics
  • Traditional Healing
  • Environmental Health
  • Research and Data
  • Tribal Information
  • Other Indigenous Peoples
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This web site is an information portal to issues affecting the health and well-being of American Indians. It is put together by the National Library of Medicine.

The graphic is by Dennis Fox, an Indian artist. The hands around the earth are hands of healing with a blue stone or crystal.

American Lung Association

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Information on diseases, research, treatment, tobacco and other respiratory related information.

Asian American Health

The National Library of Medicine retired the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016. We will concentrate our efforts on locating and making available quality patient education materials in multiple languages and provider information for those working with linguistically diverse consumer groups through HealthReach.

Cancer Links

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

  • Diseases and Conditions: ADHS, birth defects, cancer, diabetes, flu HIV/AIDS....
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response: bioterrorism, chemical & radiation emergencies, severe weather...
  • Environmental Health: air pollution, carbon monoxide, lead, model water quality, climate change...
  • Life Stages and Populations: infant & child (growth charts), men, minorities, pregnancy, seniors, women...
  • Healthy Living: food safety, bone health, immunizations, smoking prevention...
  • Injury, Violence and Safety: brain injury, child abuse, fires, poisoning, suicide...
  • Travelers' Health
  • Workplace Safety and Health: asbestos, chemical safety, construction, respirators...

Centers for Disease Control Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

Tthe PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. They welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files.

Centers for Disease Control Turtles and Salmonella

Photo: A boy and his turtle.Turtles can carry a harmful germ called Salmonella. If there are infants or small children in your home, turtles are not good pets for your family.


Child Welfare Information Gateway

Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.  They feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.


The United States Agriculture Department has replaced the My Pyramid icon with the A Healthy Plate icon to help consumers determine a healthy diet. This site give information on the basic food groups and explains the food needs for special population grouops, adults, kids, pregnant women and persons trying to lose weight. You can look up a food, get a personalized plan, learn healthy eating tips, get weight loos information, plan a healthy menu, and analyze your diet.

Clinical Trials

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Registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials supported in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Dole 5-A-Day

This web site educates kids, parents, and teachers about why fruits and vegetables are so good for you. The Reference Center features an encyclopedia that covers the history, growing season, and nutrient content of a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Teachers can download lesson plans aimed at third and fourth grade students. The Kids section includes games, cartoon characters, and lots of healthful recipes that kids can make.

Site operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  All the information on the site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals in the AAFP.

Federal Citizen Information Center

Free downloadable publications on many topics including health, food, housing, money, cars, family, travel etc.

First Gov for Health

First Gov for health is a resource for consumer information from the federal government. Included is information on the following topics: Caregivers' Resources; Food, Nutrition, and Fitness; Health and Nutrition: Online Services; Health by Population Group; Health Insurance; Health News, Reference, and Portals; Health Services in Your Community; Health Topics A-Z; and Prescription Drugs.


This site provides an easy-to-use, searchable index of carefully reviewed health information from over 1,800 government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities. It is a service of the National Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Healthy Place.  America's Mental Health Channel is a mental health site, providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.  They have an active mental health social network for support, online psychological tests, mental health news, mental health videos, documentary films, a live mental health TV show, unique tools like the "Mediminder" and more.

Hispanic American Health

This web page about Hispanic American health is produced by the National Library of Medicine and is part of MEDLINE/PLUS.

HIV InSite

HIV Insite

Comprehensive, upt-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco.

Holistic Health Online

Comprehensive information about your health. Features conventional, alternative, integrative, and mind-body medicine. gives you choices for your health, naturally.


Sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research. Provides research-based information on healthylifestyles, age-related diseases and conditions, and topics in the biology of aging.

Informed Health Online, Evidence-Based.

Produced by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care to provide free health care information based upon reliable researched evidence. The publication of this bi-lingual website is undertaken as part of IQWiG's legislative remit to inform the public. The website includes information for consumers and patients based on the Institute's own scientific publications, as well as on topics it chooses itself.

The information on this website is based on the best evidence that was available at the time of publication. Every article provides the date of publication, as well as the evidence on which the information is based. "We undertake extensive literature searches for relevant high quality evidence for the topics we publish. We rely primarily on systematic reviews of trials to answer questions on the effectiveness of treatments and other interventions."


KidsHealth is one of the largest sites on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation Center for Children's Health Media, their mission is to provide the best children's health information on the Internet. KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are hundreds of in-depth articles and features.

Lab Tests Online

A public resource on clinical lab testing. Can search by lab test or condition or disease.

Mayo Clinic

This award-winning consumer Web site offers health information, self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health. Produced by a team of Web professionals and medical experts, gives users access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 3,400 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic. offers users intuitive, easy-to-access tools such as "Symptom Checker" and "First-Aid Guide" for fast answers about health conditions ranging from common to complex; as well as more in-depth guides on diseases and conditions, a wealth of healthy living guides, blogs, expert answers, videos, animations, and tests and procedures.

Medicine Net

MedicineNet, Inc. provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers. Since 1996, has had a team of executives in the fields of medicine, healthcare, Internet technology, and business to bring you comprehensive, healthcare information. MedicineNet is a 100% Doctor-Produced network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians.

  • Image Gallery
  • Symptom Checker
  • Procedures & Tests
  • Medications
  • Diseases & Conditions
  • Pet Health
  • MedTerms Dictionary

MedlinePlus. National Library of Medicine

The MEDLINEplus pages provide a carefully selected list of professional and consumer resources that bring together health information being published on the web by Federal government health agencies, professional associations, health libraries, research organizations and universities.

It is an excellent site to find authoritative, objective and non-baised health information from trusted sources.  It is updated daily, has no advertising, and does not endorse any company or product.

It provides access to extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and also has links to clearinghouses, organizations, dictionaries, lists of hospitals and physicians and clinical trials.

Health Topics

Medical Dictionary

Videos & Cool Tools

Drugs & Supplements


Provides over 55,000 pages of high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University.  Its “Ask An Expert” feature is a question and answer service provided by numerous health care professionals of the three universities, who volunteer their time as a community service.

NYC Online Access to Health (NOAH)

Full text consumer literature on many health topics in English and Spanish. Four New York City library organizations joined forces to establish this website to provide end-users reliable consumer health. These organizations are the The City University of New York Office of Library Services (CUNY); the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO); The New York Academy of Medicine Library (NYAM); The New York Public Library (NYPL); the Queens Borough Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library.

National Health Centers and Institutes

Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disease National Resource Center

ORBD and NRC is a resource center funded by a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to help health professionals, patients, and the public learn about and find current information on metabolic bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, and hyperparathyroidism.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Health Encyclopedia is an excellent resource for consumer health information on many topics.  Topics include cancer, food & nutrition, men's health, pregnancy & reproduction, women's health, children's health, heart & circulation, mental & behavioral health, wellness & lifestyle, and drug guide.

Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.

Public Agenda maintains a nonpartisan balance in all of its work. Its materials have won praise for their credibility and fairness from elected officials from both political parties and experts and decision-makers across the political spectrum.

The two-fold mission of Public Agenda is to:

  • Help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy
  • Help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions.

Some of the issues included are abortion, global role, campaign finance, child care, crime, economy, education, environment, family, federal budget, gay rights, health care, illegal drugs, immigration, medical research, medicare, poverty, race, right to die, and social security.

Senior Health. National Institute of Health.

The site features large print and short, easy-to-read segments of information plus a talking format which allows users the option of reading the text or listening to it.


Spanish Resources

Gives ordering information for nearly 200 free federal publications available in Spanish on many topics: health, food, cars, children, safety, federal benefits, housing and others.

Spine Health

This site is maintained by a group of multi-speciality medical professionals whose goal is to provide a resource for understanding, preventing, and seeking appropriate treatment for back and neck pain and related conditions. It is

  • 100% original and is peer reviewed by at least one member of the Medical Advisory Board before being added to the site.
  • comprehensive and frequently updated
  • objective--not owned or directed by companies that sell spine products or medication.


This anti-stalking resource web site was established by University of Texas at Austin researchers to provide assistance and to facilitate the dissemination of information about the topic. The website was established through a grant provided byt he Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor's Office as part of the federal Violence Against Women Act.

The website provides an effective means for presenting the results of available research into stalking and is intended to be a resource by stalking victims, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel.

STRYVE (Striving to Prevent Youth Violence Everywhere)

Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STRYVE is a national initiative which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.  This site provides communities with the knowledge and resources to be successful in preventing youth violence.  Resources include access to the latest information and tools; effective strategies based upon the best available evidence; training and technical assistance; online community workspaces; and connections to other communities.

Texas Legislature Online

Find out who represents you, do research on Texas statutes or the Texas constitution, find out information about current and past bills and other Texas legislative matters.

Texas State Health and Human Services

Four new departments have been created and are under the oversight of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The individual departments are listed below:

  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
  • Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Thomas Legislative Information on the Internet

This page provides the name, address and e-mail for all U.S. senators. Searches are by name or state. Voting records are available for each senator and congressperson. There is also detailed reference information about the U.S. Congress and other legislative agencies.

University of Iowa Libraries Consumer Guide to Health Web Sites

Many web links under the following tabs:  Patient Resources, Health Topics, Addiction/Substance Abuse, Child Health & Development, Obesity, Mental Health Issues, Medical Research: What You Need to Know and 2 tabs with links to Spanish literature.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Information on foods, human and animal drugs, cosmetics, children and tobacco, biologics, toxicology, medical devices. Also special information for consumers, health professionals, patients, women (Office of Women's Health), and kids.


WebMD provides health information, tools for managing one's health, and support to those who seek information. This site provides online public information, research, educational services and communities for consumers. The staff includes individuals who hold advanced degrees in journalism, medical illustration, health communications, clinical informatics, nursing, and medicine.

The site provides health news, A to Z guides(medical tests, prescriptiong drugs, common symptoms, expert and reader blogs, pregnancy and family section, diseases and conditions section, health videos and more.


A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.  A to Z Health Topics, News, Publications, Breastfeeding Helpline, Health Guide for all Women, Heart Attack in Women, Violence Against Women and more.