Health Resources

Health Insurance Marketplace

This federal website is the hub for health law information including the new Health Insurance Marketplace set to launch on October 1, 2013.

For Spanish speaking consumers, is also available.

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the main Affordable Health Care Act Navigator for Ohio, provides information to Ohioans about accessing the federal health insurance marketplace.


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Directed by congressional mandate, ATSDR provides health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances. Includes glossary of terms related to toxicity and disease.

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Information
SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists) is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) information.

A culturally oriented and ethnically focused comprehensive internet-based health and medical information provider dedicated to addressing the special health problems of African-Americans.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Government portal to information on Medicare and Medicaid.

Consumer and Patient Health Information
Provided by the Medical Library Association.

Directory of America's Hospitals
From U. S. News & World Report.

Health information for the entire family from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Food and Drug Administration Consumer Health Information
The FDA provides consumer health information for you and your family. Some publications are also available in Spanish.

Food Safety
This "gateway to government food safety information" provides news & safety alerts, consumer advice, information about foodborne pathogens, how to report illnesses, make product complaints and more.

Health and Wellness Information

Provided by the AARP.

Health Grades
Quality ratings and information on healthcare services such as hospitals, physicians, and nursing homes.

Health Information Translations
Health Information Translations offers more than 3,000 health topics in easy to read reports that can be printed out in English as well as in any of 17 other languages. The National Library of Medicine has recognized Health Information Translations as the gold standard for translated health information. Topics covered include diagnostic tests, diaster preparedness, diseases and conditions, exercise and rehabilitation, food and diet, health and wellness, home care, pain and comfort, pediatrics, pregnancy and baby care, safety, stress and coping, and surgery and treatment.

Offers a fast and easy way to find, understand and manage information about consumer health.

Kids Health
KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

Lab Tests Online
Information on both conditions and lab tests used for them. Search by test or condition to locate information.

Mayo Clinic Health Information
Look up a disease or condition in A-Z index.
Reliable Doctor-Produced Health and Medical Information Written For You

Medscape from WebMD
Integrated medical information and education tools for specialists, primary care physicians and other health care professionals.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the premier organization focusing on Hispanic Health. This site provides health information in both Spanish and English.

National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute is a division of the United States Divisions of Health. This site provides much information about types of cancers and their treatments.

National Women's Health Information Center
This website is provided by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. It gives "the most reliable and current information resource on women's health today....on more than 800 topics.."


NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.

Nutrition Facts Calorie Counter
NutritionData (ND) provides nutrition facts, Calorie counts, and nutrient data for all foods and recipes.

Nutrition Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new dietary guidelines in 2011 related to optimal nutrition choices. Check out this website for details on My Plate recommendations.

Office of Rare Diseases
Information on more than 6,000 rare diseases, including current research, publications from scientific and medical journals, completed research, ongoing studies, and patient support groups. From the National Institutes of Health.

One of the largest cancer information websites, maintained by a group of oncology healthcare professionals at the University of Pennsylvania.


PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
Easy to understand information for common and specific surgical procedures. Voted one of its "Best of the Web" by Forbes Magazine.

Health - Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Interactive herbal database. Provides access to scientific data underlying use of herbs for health.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

From PubMed you can search for articles about Complementary Medicine from reliable sources.

Guide to quackery in medicine and health fraud.

Health - Drugs and Supplements

Consumer Reports - Best Buys on Drugs
Reports and information to guide consumers and doctors in making more cost effective prescription drug choices.

Drug Watch is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.

Medline Plus Drug Information
The National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health provides information about drugs, supplements and herbal products.

Needy Meds
NeedyMeds is an information source sort of like the Yellow Pages. It provides information on the programs many drug companies have that give away free prescription medications to people who have no insurance and qualify for their programs.

Safe Medications
What your pharmacist wants you to know about medications.

Health - Eyes and Vision

This website is presented by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to explain the condition of Amblyopia, also known as strabismus or "lazy eye" .

Wise About Eyes - Vision Health for Young Children
Prevent Blindness Ohio offers important information about vision health for young children.


Answers about COBRA
The U.S. Labor Department's website provides answers about COBRA, the federal rule that extends medical coverage under certain circumstances.

Health Related Consumer Publications

Information provided by the Ohio Department of Insurance

Ohio - Medicaid
This website provides information about Medicaid Services for Ohioans.

OSHIIP - Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program
The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) provides free health insurance information and services to Medicare beneficiaries and the people that care for them.

Living Will and Advance Directives

Aging with Dignity
This non-profit organization was established to provide people with the practical information, advice and legal tools they need to ensure that their end of life wishes will be respected.

Compassion and Choices
The Compassion and Choices organization maintains the mission of improving care and choices at the end of life.

Death with Dignity National Center
The Death with Dignity National Center (DDNC) has successfully proposed, passed, defended and helped implement a first-in-the nation law that allows terminally ill individuals meeting stringent safeguards, to hasten their own deaths.

Ohio Advanced Directives Forms
Provided by the Franklin County Probate court.

Ohio State Bar Association
Among the LawFacts pamphlets included here are ones with information about living wills, do not resuscitate orders, and durable power of attorney for health care.

Terri Schiavo Case: Legal Issues Involving Healthcare Directives, Death, and Dying
FindLaw provides legal news and commentary about this topic.

U. S. Living Will Registry
The U. S. Living Will Registry electronically stores advance directives, and makes them available to health care providers 24 hours/day via secure Internet or telephone-facsimile.


2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to new construction and alterations covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

2010 Standards for Accessible Design - Fact Sheet
The Department of Justice has adopted Revised ADA Standards.

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

American Sign Language
Fingerspelling dictionary, converter and quiz.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Legal advocacy site for adults and children with mental disabilities. Offers info on issues, alerts, and legislative updates.

Blind Readers' Page
Guide to sources of information in alternative formats (braille, recorded cassettes, large print, e-texts, web audio) accessible by people with print disabilities.

Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
American Bar Association's website focusing on legal issues related to disabilities.

Disabled American Veterans
Information on legislation, assistance with claims, important links, and the DAV Magazine online, from March/April 1996.

Internet Resources for Special Children
Directory of sites related to children with special needs.

LD Online: Learning Disabilities Information and Resources
Glossary, legal and assessment info, and resources for finding help for children with learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
The Learning Disabilities Association of America has grown to serve tens of thousands of members with learning disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them.

Ohio Legal Rights Services
The Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS) is an independent state agency and the federally and state designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and Client Assistance Program for people with disabilities in the State of Ohio. The mission of OLRS is to protect and advocate, in partnership with people with disabilities, for their human, civil and legal rights.

Ohio Relay Service for the Deaf
The Ohio Relay Service (ORS) provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing or speech-disabled.

Ohio Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Lists educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys. Also lists gov't programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, & parent support groups.

Resources in Ohio for Assistive Technology
Links to websites where information about Ohio assistive technology resources are detailed.