"The mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), as an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.
ATSDR is directed by congressional mandate to perform specific functions concerning the effect on public health of hazardous substances in the environment. These functions include public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, applied research in support of public health assessments, information development and dissemination, and education and training concerning hazardous substances." from web site
The Census Bureau's Subjects A-Z is a starting point for locating data collected by the Federal government. Use USA.gov or another search engine to locate up-to-date information or to find resources not listed here.
This resource replaces FedStats.gov, which was last updated in 2007.
"CDC.gov is CDC's primary online communication channel. From August 2007–July 2008, there were 489 million page views to the site, averaging 41 million page views per month. CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information on:
- Data and Statistics
- Diseases and Conditions
- Emergencies and Disasters
- Environmental Health
- Healthy Living
- Injury, Violence and Safety
- Life Stages and Populations
- Travelers' Health
- Workplace Safety and Health
- And more...
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The Department of Agriculture's mission is to provide leadership and direction on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues.
Mission areas for USDA include:
- Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
- Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
- Food Safety
- Marketing and Regulatory Programs
- Natural Resources and Environment
- Research, Education and Economics
- Rural Development
"MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news." from website
"As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information–-a critical element of public health and health policy."
"Our health statistics allow us to:
- document the health status of the population and of important subgroups
- identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, region, and other population characteristics
- describe our experiences with the health care system
- monitor trends in health status and health care delivery
- identify health problems
- support biomedical and health services research
- provide information for making changes in public policies and programs
- evaluate the impact of health policies and programs
Working with partners throughout the health community, we use a variety of approaches to efficiently obtain information from the sources most able to provide information. We collect data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. NCHS is a key element of our national public health infrastructure, providing important surveillance information that helps identify and address critical health problems." from web site
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