Federal Government Web Sites

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This federal agency's mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Provides information on how people can find quality healthcare, how to be safe patients, and clinical information about medical treatments and findings. The agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Center for Disease Control
The CDC is responsible for protecting the health and safety of our nation's people - at home and abroad. Here you can find out about vaccinations for infants in the U.S.A. or vaccinations for traveling abroad. The CDC researches and tracks infectious diseases and issues advisories. If you need statistics on health related matters; this is the site to go to first. Under the section, “Health Topics A to Z” find information on everything from air bag safety to disease causing bacteria to lead poisoning. There is also a section for kids and a section in Spanish.
(National Library of Medicine)
Haz-Map is an occupational toxicology database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. Haz-Map's chemicals and biological agents are related to industrial processes and other activities such as hobbies. Its occupational diseases and their symptoms are associated with hazardous job tasks. Haz-Map's link with jobs and hazardous tasks helps to indicate the potential for exposure to these agents. Information from textbooks, journal articles, and electronic databases such as NLM's HSDB was classified and summarized to create the database.
Healthy People 2020
(Department of Health and Human Services)
Healthy People 2020 is a set of health objectives for the Nation to achieve over this decade. Two major goals are to increase the quality and years of healthy life and to eliminate health disparities. This Web site has full text of the report and additional information. Learn about the Leading Health Indicators that will be used to measure the nation's health over the next 10 years.
Household Products Database
(National Library of Medicine)
"What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Do these household products pose a potential health risk to you and your family? Find out what's in these products and what are the potential health effects, and other safety and handling information. " You can search by product type or name, ingredients, or search the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for health effect information.
Recall Information Center
(Food Safety and Inspection Service)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a list of foods being recalled, their production dates, identifying codes, and contact information.
Tox Town
(National Library of Medicine)
Tox Town uses neighborhood scenes - the Port, City, Town, Farm, and US-Mexico Border region - along with color, graphics, sounds and animation to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment and the public's health. Each scene focuses on unique environmental health concerns. Tox Town's target audience is the interested public, plus high school, college and graduate students, and educators (see the link on the home page For teachers). Tox Town also has a growing number of resources en español.

Last Modified: Monday December 19, 2016 10:15 AM