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Reliable Agencies and Organizations

The organizations listed here should be considered generally reliable. To nominate additional entries for this page, please contact Dr. Stephen Barrett

Federal Government Agencies

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Federal Consumer Information Center (FCIC)
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)
National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP)
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)
National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)
National Health Information Center (NHIC)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse (NMCHC)
National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)
National SIDS Resource Center (NSRC)
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

Nongovernmental Organizations

Most of the organizations listed below are voluntary groups that draw support and members from the general public as well as professionals. Some have a single national office, while others have chapters in various cities. Most of these organizations provide educational materials on request. Some raise and distribute funds for research. Some conduct educational programs for the public and encourage and develop local support groups. Some offer individual counseling.

Business and professional groups, indicated by an asterisk (*) are composed exclusively or primarily of health professionals or other professionally trained individuals. Most of these groups publish a scientific journal and hold educational meetings for their members. Most of them also help the public by setting professional standards, disseminating information through the news media, and responding to inquiries from individual consumers.

Additional information on most of these organizations can be obtained from the Encyclopedia of Medical Organizations and Agencies (Gale Research Company, Detroit), available in the reference department of most public libraries.

Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy.
Action on Smoking and Health (nonsmokers' rights)
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
Alzheimer's Association
*American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
*American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
*American Academy of Family Physicians
*American Academy of Ophthalmology
*American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
*American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
*American Association for Health Education
*American Association for the History of Medicine
*American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
*American Association of Blood Banks
*American Association of Endodontists
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
American Association of Kidney Patients
*American Association of Pastoral Counselors
*American Association of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Retired Persons
*American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
*American Association of Suicidology
American Association on Mental Retardation
*American Board of Medical Specialties
*American Burn Association
American Cancer Society
*American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
*American College Health Association
*American College of Cardiology
*American Counseling Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
*American College of Gastroenterology
*American College of Health Care Administrators (nursing homes)
*American College of Healthcare Executives
*American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
*American College of Physicians—American Society of Internal Medicine
*American College of Radiology
*American College of Rheumatology
*American College of Sports Medicine
*American College of Surgeons
American Council on Science and Health
*American Dental Association
American Diabetes Association
*American Dietetic Association
*American Epilepsy Society
American Family Foundation (AFF) (cults)
American Federation of HomeCare Providers
American Foundation for AIDS Research
American Foundation for the Blind
*American Geriatrics Society
American Group Psychotherapy Association
*American Headache Society
*American Health Care Association (nursing home standards)
American Heart Association
*American Home Care Association
*American Hospital Association
*American Industrial Hygiene Association
American Kidney Fund
American Liver Foundation
American Lung Association
*American Medical Association
*American Medical Women's Association
*American Medical Writers Association
American Mental Health Counselors Association
*American Nurses Association
*American Occupational Therapy Association
*American Optometric Association
American Pain Foundation
American Parkinson's Disease Association
*American Pharmaceutical Association
*American Physical Therapy Association
*American Podiatric Medical Association
*American Psychiatric Association
*American Psychoanalytic Association
*American Psychological Association
*American Public Health Association
American Red Cross
American Running Association
*American School Health Association
American Self-Help Clearinghouse
American SIDS Institute
*American Sleep Disorders Association,
American Social Health Association (venereal disease)
*American Society for Clinical Nutrition
*American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
*American Society for Nutritional Sciences
*American Society for Surgery of the Hand
*American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
*American Society of Clinical Oncology
*American Society of Hematology
*American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
*American Society of Plastic Surgeons
*American Society of Reproductive Medicine
*American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Tinnitus Association
*American Urological Association
*American Veterinary Medical Association
Americans for Medical Progress (harm caused by "animal rights" groups)
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation
The Arc of the United States (mental retardation)
Arthritis Foundation (avoid information on "complementary" and "alternative" methods)
*Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
*Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
Association for Macular Diseases
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
*Better Hearing Institute
Better Vision Institute
*BlueCross BlueShield Association
Cancer Care
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
Center for Evidence-Based Medicine
Center for the Study of Services
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Children of Aging Parents
Children's Health Care Is a Legal Duty (CHILD)
Children's Leukemia Research Association
Choice in Dying
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)
Compassionate Friends
Consumer Federation of America
Consumers Union
Cooley's Anemia Foundation
*Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
*Council of Better Business Bureaus
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
*Delta Dental Plans Association (dental insurance)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
DOC (tobacco and other preventive health issues)
Drug Policy Alliance
Dysautonomia Foundation
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Easter Seals National Headquarters
*ECRI (medical devices, technology, and patient safety)
Endometriosis Association
EngenderHealth (women's health issues)
Epilepsy Foundation
Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization
Eye Bank Association of America
False Memory Syndrome Foundation,
*Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association
*Federation of Societies for Experimental Biology
*Food and Nutrition Board, National Academy of Sciences
Foundation Fighting Blindness
*Gerontological Society of America
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Guttmacher Institute (birth control, family planning, and women's health issues)
*Health Insurance Association of America
Huntington's Disease Society of America
*Institute of Food Technologists
Institute of Medicine
International AIDS Vaccine Research
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)
International Association of Laryngectomees
International Center for Toxicology and Medicine
International Dyslexia Association
International Food Information Council Foundation
*International Hearing Society
*International Life Sciences Institute (nutrition, toxicology, technology risk assessment)
Interstitial Cystitis Association
James Randi Educational Foundation (investigation of paranormal claims)
*Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Joslin Diabetes Center
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
La Leche League International (breastfeeding)
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Little People of America
Living Bank (organ donor registry)
Lupus Foundation of America
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Maternity Center Association
Medic Alert Foundation International (emergency medical information services)
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation
National Academy Press
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations
National Association for Continence
*National Association for Home Care
*National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Association of Attorneys General
National Association of the Deaf
*National Association of Social Workers
National Ataxia Foundation (loss of muscle coordination and balance)
National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
National Center for Fluoridation Policy and Research
National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Association
National Committee for Quality Assurance
National Consumers League
National Council Against Health Fraud
National Council on the Aging
National Council on Patient Information and Education
*National Dairy Council
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Family Caregivers Association
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
National Federation of the Blind
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
National Fraud Information Center
*National Funeral Directors Association
National Headache Foundation
*National Health Council
National Hemophilia Foundation
*National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
National Kidney Foundation
National Marfan Foundation
National Mental Health Association
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Neurofibromatosis Foundation
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
National Organization on Disability
National Osteoporosis Foundation
*National Parkinson Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation
National Safety Council
National Scoliosis Foundation
National Spasmatic Torticollis Association
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
National Stroke Association
National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
Oncolink (cancer database)
Oregon Fibromyalgia Foundation
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
Paget Foundation for Paget's Disease of Bone and Related Disorders
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Partnership for Responsible Drug Information (drug abuse)
Planned Parenthood —World Population
Prevent Blindness America
Prevent Child Abuse America
Public Citizen Health Research Group
Resolve (infertility)
Science & Pseudoscience Review in Mental Health
Scleroderma Foundation
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
Skeptics Society
*Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
*Society for Public Health Education
Spina Bifida Association of America
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance
Tourette Syndrome Association
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
United Cerebral Palsy Associations
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
United Ostomy Association
*United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. (drug publications)
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This page was revised on September 26, 2003.