Health Resources

This database provides content covering key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.

  1. Access Health CT – This is the website for Connecticut’s official health marketplace.
    Includes a listing of enrollment fairs, events near you, and responses to
    frequently asked questions.
  2. Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) – An organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing education and reliable consumer information.
  3. AllergicChild.com – Learn how to keep your child safe while living with a peanut allergy, wheat allergy, or any other food allergy.
  4. Alzheimer’s Association – The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
  5. American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) -A not-for-profit organization that oversees 24 approved medical specialty boards in setting standards for the ongoing evaluation and certification of physician specialists.
  6. American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy, and service.
  7. American Dental Association (ADA) – Dental professionals, consumers, and the media.
  8. American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) – The American Health Assistance Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.
  9. American Heart Association – Learn more about the American Heart Association’s efforts to reduce death caused by cardiovascular disease.
  10. American Medical Association – Physicians dedicated to the health of America.
  11. American Parkinson Disease Association – Founded in 1961 “To Ease the Burden – To Find the Cure” for Parkinson’s disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness of the disease.
  12. AutismWeb – A parents’ guide to the diagnosis, education and treatment of children with autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
  13. Autism Speaks – Information about autism, including videos to help you diagnose and a glossary to help understand medical terminology. Also includes links to other families for information and support.
  14. The Beauty Brains – Cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions.
  15. Cancer Resources from Oncolink – Provides comprehensive information on treatments, research advances, continuing medical education, prevention, and clinical trials.
  16. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC′s Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
  17. Children with Diabetes – The online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.
  18. COBRA Subsidy – COBRA Continuation coverage assistance under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  19. Connecticut Network of Care for Behavioral Health – Community-based resources and tools for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health.
  20. The Connecticut Partnership – A coalition of organizations for information on Long Term Care.
  21. ConsumerLab.com – Provides independent testing results online about vitamins, supplements, and nutrition products to consumers and healthcare providers.  Herbal, vitamin, and mineral dietary supplements are evaluated, as well as foods, beverages, and personal care products.
  22. Consumer Safety  -They provide consumers with the information to lead safe, healthy and happy lives.
  23. CopeCareDeal – Expert information on depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other mental health topics.
  24. C-Health – C-Health delivers in-depth, physician-reviewed health & fitness articles on drugs and conditions, as well as the latest health news, medical research & more to keep you updated on the latest treatments and diagnostic techniques.
  25. The DailyPlate – Calorie counter, nutrition facts, fitness tracker, calorie information, healthy alternatives, in their database of 165,000 foods.
  26. DrDonnica.com – Donnica Moore, M.D., provides thorough women’s health information. Topics include menopause, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis, migraine, headache, birth control, infertility, heart disease, breast cancer, thyroid disease, fibroids, sexuality and wellness.
  27. The Encyclopedia of Surgery – 450 Surgical procedures and topics such as laser surgery, hysterectomy, endoscopy, cryosurgery, anesthetics, biopsy, angioplasty, medications and postoperative care, and many related subjects.
  28. Familydoctor.org – Health information for the whole family
  29. AMAFluHelp.org – A free public health resource that can help assess your risk of swine flu and determine the best course of action based on any symptoms you may have.
  30. CT Flu Watch – State of Connecticut pandemic flu task force.
  31. Food Allergy Network – Nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing about a clearer understanding of the issues surrounding food allergies and providing helpful resources.
  32. Food & Nutrition Information Center – Credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.
  33. Foundation for Health Coverage Education – Are you or someone you know eligible for free or low cost health coverage? The Foundation for Health Coverage Education® (FHCE) offers four unique ways to help you find health coverage in your area: find services via the web, get help over the phone, obtain a free matrix, and apply for a program.
  34. GoodRX – Search and compare local prescription prices. Save up to 80% instantly!
  35. Habits of the Heart – Explore the heart and lungs through online science activities.
  36. Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective – Provides medical services, support groups, mental health services and health education tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities but serves clients of all genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, ages and ethnicity.
  37. Healing Thresholds Autism Therapy – A free website and email newsletter dedicated to healing the lives of families touched by autism. They provide comprehensive therapy fact sheets, daily updates of autism therapy research and news, and a global directory of autism-related therapists and services.
  38. HealingWell.com – Resources on diseases, disorders and chronic illness, including medical news, information, articles, community message forums and chat rooms, email, books, newsletter, directory of related web sites and more.
  39. Healthcare Blue Book – Your free guide to fair pricing for health care costs.
  40. Healthcare.gov – Find out which private insurance plans, public programs and community services are available to you plus more.
  41. Healthfinder.gov – Health news, online check-ups, links to credible resources, and more.
  42. Healthline – Healthline is the first consumer medical search engine focused on delivering results from trusted, high-quality  healthcare websites. Get answers to all your health questions and use our tools  to save, organize, and send the results to friends and family.
  43. Healthlinks – Links to health services and products, alternative health, education, dental and medical resources, hospitals, employment, healthcare publications, mental health and more.
  44. Healthnet – The University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health information program for Connecticut residents and public libraries.
  45. Health Happens in Libraries – A program to improve public library eHealth services and increase library staff capacity to respond to patron requests for information regarding the Affordable Care Act.
  46. Health news (provided by LentilHealth.com) – The latest health, fitness and lifestyle news.
  47. Health on the Net Foundation – The leading organization promoting and guiding of useful and reliable online medical and health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. Created in 1995, HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
  48. HIV InSite Gateway to HIV and AIDS Knowledge – Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco.
  49. Human Anatomy Online – Innerbody is listed first in the search engines for searches such as ‘Body, Human Anatomy Biology, Human gross Anatomy, Human Anatomy Photos’ and many more.
  50. HungryGirl – Free. Useful and witty, seasonal recipes and advice as well as product and munu picks and pans.
  51. HyperStrike – A fitness program: you’ll never walk into your gym or home without an effective workout that constantly challenges you and helps you attain results.
  52. The Icarus Project – “… a website community, support network of local groups, and media project created by and for people struggling with bipolar disorder and other dangerous gifts commonly labeled as “mental illnesses.””–Taken from their website.
  53. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, is a highly cited weekly medical journal that publishes peer-reviewed original medical research findings and editorial opinion.
  54. Kids Health – Includes articles, animations, games, and health resources for parents, teens, and children.
  55. Kids with Food Allergies – Provides online food allergy support groups, allergy free recipes, educational articles, and allergy news for families raising children with food allergies. Tax-exempt nonprofit charity.
  56. Lance Armstrong Foundation – Unites, inspires and empowers people affected by cancer.
  57. LiveStrong.com -Offers trusted health information and health news on diseases, symptoms, drugs, treatments and more.
  58. Male Health Center – An encyclopedia of information on male health issues.
  59. Mayo Clinic Health Oasis – Reliable health information from Mayo Clinic.
  60. Medical Information in Plain Language: A Health Literacy Resource Guide – Explanations of medical words and illnesses in plain language that may help you understand your doctor’s descriptions. This Guide also includes suggestions to help you talk with your doctor and other health care workers.
  61. Medicare.gov – The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare.
  62. Medicare Rights Center – A national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
  63. Medline Plus – Health information from the National Library of Medicine.
  64. Medscape – Offers the web’s largest collection of free, full-text, peer-reviewed clinical medicine articles.
  65. MedWeb Community – Large searchable database of internet health resources.
  66. The MERCK Manual Medical Library – Online version of The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.
  67. Mesothelioma – Comprehensive and current information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
  68. The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance – is an online educational and support resource for cancer patients and caregivers dedicated to providing answers to patients. Range of information discusses the cancer itself, types of treatment, preventative measures and list of doctors and cancer clinics that specialize in this diagnosis.
  69. Mesothelioma Fund – Helps patients and families get compensation through asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds.
  70. Mesothelioma Guide
  71. National Cancer Institute – Information from the National Cancer Institute about cancer treatment, prevention, screening, genetics, causes, and how to cope with cancer.
  72. National Center for Learning Disabilities – Links to major reports, research-based interventions and other effective teaching practices, and information from leading researchers in the field of learning disabilities.  You can also access articles regarding key policy issues and link to helpful resources and major LD organizations nationwide.
  73. National Health Council – The National Health Council believes that people deserve the kind of health care that puts their needs first and are here to listen to you, share the latest information with you and give you a voice in Washington, DC.
  74. National Health Information Center – A health information referral service.
  75. National Institutes of Health – Official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the Federal focal point for health research. The NIH website offers health information for the public as well as medical professionals. There’s extensive information on funding opportunities and links to the many Institutes and Centers that make-up NIH such as the National Cancer Institute and the National Library of Medicine.
  76. National Library of Medicine – The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library. It collects materials in all major areas of the health sciences and to a lesser degree in such areas as chemistry, physics, botany and zoology. The collections stand at 5 million items–books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs and images. Housed within the Library is one of the world’s finest medical history collections of old (pre-1914) and rare medical texts, manuscripts, and incunabula.
  77. National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Advancing the progress of medicine and improving the public health through access to health information. Provides health science practitioners, investigators, educators, and administrators in the U.S. with timely, convenient access to biomedical and health care information resources.
  78. National Resource Center on AD/HD Library (NRC) – The National Resource Center on AD/HD maintains the NRC Library as a source for scientific-medical evidence based information on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and related topics.
  79. Natural Standard – High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies.
  80. NOAH – Consumer health information in English and Spanish on a wide range of topics.
  81. OmniMedicalSearch.com – The most comprehensive medical search engine platform on the internet focusing on results from authoritative sources. Includes 6 main search options: Authoritative medical web, top health and medical news sources, image search, MedPro for medical professionals with peer level resources, and a shopping search engine for health and medical products.
  82. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance – 2,500 free or low cost brand-name and generic prescription medications.
  83. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer’s Association – A directory of prescription drug assistance programs, which lists up-to-date information on individual manufacturers’ patient programs.
  84. PubMed – A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
  85. Sensei.com – Programs focused on promoting learning and lifestyle change through automated interactive dialogue that integrates seamlessly into daily routines.
  86. Shape – Diet, fitness and beauty features, with an online community.
  87. SparkPeople – A free online diet and healthy living community with over 3 million members who provide support and motivation to each other. Create a free account and get the support you need to lose weight the healthy way.
  88. Talk About Curing Austism – Help, hope, resources, information and support for families and children affected by autism.
  89. Third Age – Find expert baby boomer advice and tips on health, aging, retirement and more. Learn how to age gracefully, transition into retirement, manage a career change, bring back the excitement and passion in your relationship and properly care for your loved.
  90. Together for Austism – A community of people who are effected in one way or another by autism.
  91. traineo – Helps you lose weight by letting you track your progress through a unique way of getting friendly motivation. The concept is simple: you sign up and choose up to 4 friends or members of your family to receive weekly email updates on how you’re doing.
  92. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Led by Secretary Mike Leavitt and based in Washington, D.C.
  93. U.S. FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition – One of six centers within FDA. The Center promotes and protects the public health and economic interest by ensuring that: Food is safe, nutritious and wholesome, cosmetics and dietary supplements are safe and food, cosmetics, and dietary supplements are honestly, accurately and informatively labeled.
  94. Vitual Hospital – Digital library of health information.
  95. Walking While You Work
  96. WebMD – Trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information. Providing credible health information, supportive community, and educational services by blending award-winning expertise in content, community services, expert commentary, and medical review.
  97. Who Cares – Sources of information about health care products and services from the Federal Trade Commission. Helps older consumers and their family, caregivers, and friends find reliable sources of information on a variety of health topics important to them.
  98. World Health Organization (WHO) – WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
  99. Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness – Ensures that frontline public health workers are prepared to respond to public health emergencies including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and disease outbreaks.

HEALTH INSURANCE AND BENEFITS

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Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)
AARP Fact Sheets – Facts about the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) from the AARP’s department of Education & Outreach.
Affordable Care Act: About the Law – Information from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Employment Issues
COBRA and Connecticut State Continuation of Coverage – Maintaining health care coverage due to a layoff, reduction of hours, leave of absence, or termination of employment (except for gross misconduct).
Family and Medical Leave Act – Information from the US Department of Labor.
Children
Clinics (Dental)
List maintained by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
General Healthcare Information
Health Insurance on USA.gov – US Government portal to health insurance information and services.
Kaiser Family Foundation – Information on national healthcare issues.
Medline Plus – Health information from the US National Library of Medicine.
Salud – GobiernoUSA.
Health Marketplace
Access Health CT – This is the website for Connecticut’s official health marketplace.
Includes a listing of enrollment fairs, events near you, and responses to
frequently asked questions.
Health Insurance Marketplace – Official Marketplace information source for assisters and outreach partners. Hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Health Care Facility Evaluations
American Association for Homecare – Homecare lobbying group.
Best Hospitals – List by US News & World Report
Hospitals accepting Medicare – Official US Government site.
Health Care Providers
It is a good idea to visit the webpage for your insurance provider to find out if the health care provider is in your insurance network.
Find a Doctor – American Medical Association
Find a Dentist – American Dental Association
Dentists accepting HUSKY, Title IXX, Medicaid, and similar programs.
Find a Psycologist – American Psychological Association
Providers accepting Medicare – Official US Government site.
Health Insurance Companies
Below is a list of a few of the health insurance companies providing coverage in Connecticut. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list.
If you are interested in obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), visit AccessHealthCT.
Immigrants
National Immigration Law Center – Their mission is to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
Medicare
Medicare – Official US Government site.
Medicare Physician Compare – Find physicians and other providers accepting Medicare
Medicare Hospital Compare – Find health care facilities accepting Medicare
Medications and Treatments
Best Buy Drugs – Drug information from Consumer Reports
Drug Information Portal – Drug information from the National Library of Medicine
Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements – Information from MedlinePlus.
Patient Care and Health Information – Information from the Mayo Clinic
RX List – Drug information provided by WebMD.
Military 
Military Health System – Official website of the Military Health System and the Defense Health Agency.
Military Support Services – CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Veterans Health Administration – Information from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.