The Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.
The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
The Institute of Medicine serves as adviser to the nation to improve health. Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine provides independent, objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector, and the public.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The mission of the Kaiser Family Foundation is to provide timely, reliable, and non-partisan information on national health issues to policymakers, the media, and the general public. To advance that mission, the Foundation established kaisernetwork.org in November 2000.
Kaisernetwork.org is the premier online resource for timely and in-depth coverage of health policy news, debates and discussions. This free and comprehensive multimedia service connects users to the events, people, information, and research that shape health policy.
Rand Corporation - Health
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.
For nearly 60 years, decisionmakers in the public and private sectors have turned to the RAND Corporation for objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the nation and the world. These challenges include such critical social and economic issues as education, poverty, crime, and the environment, as well as a range of national security issues.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
One-stop access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Pandemic Flu and You
Pandemicfluandyou.org is a comprehensive resource guide on pandemic influenza. The site is a one-stop, easy-to-use web portal which contains the most current information and web based resources detailing how a flu pandemic might affect individuals, families, and businesses and what you can do to get informed, plan and prepare.
VETERANS AND HEALTH ISSUE RESOURCES
Institute of Medicine, Health of Veterans and Deployed Forces
For many years, the Institute of Medicine, as part of the National Academies, has produced reports on the health and protection of deployed military forces and veterans. These reports build on the Academy's long history of addressing scientific and medical issues related to past and current military conflicts. This site provides information about the Institute of Medicine's work in this area, including summaries and recommendations from past reports, as well as explanations of chemical and biological agents, and links to ongoing projects.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
While the VFW is concerned about the health of all veterans, the organization focuses its resources on illnesses and disease that are service-connected and are unique to the military, such as health problems resulting from exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War or service in the Persian Gulf. The number of diseases that the Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized as associated with Agent Orange or Persian Gulf Syndrome continues to expand and includes diabetes and prostate cancer to chronic fatigue syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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