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  • Support groups in a number of different states that assist those affected by the September 11th attacks.
  • Transcripts of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.
  • The New York City Department for the Aging's Alzheimer's & Long Term Care Unit provides assistance in developing a plan of care, referral to community services and care options, and will also assist with case consultations. Educational sessions and trainings are available to the public, senior groups, and community-based organizations.
  • Resources for those with Alzheimer's disease, caregivers, care professionals, and the general public are available, as well as information about chapter activities.
  • Information about Alzheimer's disease with an emphasis on New York area resources.
  • A service of the National Institute on Aging, this site offers information about Alzheimer's disease, including clinical trials, and resources for caregivers.
  • Information from the National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus about Alzheimer's disease.
  • "The Vision of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is to be the nationally and internationally recognized leader for multidisciplinary information, education, advocacy and standards in the field of reproductive medicine. The ASRM is a non-profit organization whose members must demonstrate the high ethical principles of the medical profession, evince an interest in infertility, reproductive medicine and biology, and adhere to the objectives of the Society."
  • Programs include free breast cancer and free prostate cancer screenings. Some information is available in languages other than English, including Spanish, Italian, and French.
  • Links to local and national resources on assisted living and nursing homes.
  • NYPL's Best of the Web Health directory compiled by the librarians of the Health Information Center at the Mid-Manhattan Library.
  • Back issues of Body Positive magazine available in English from October 1996 to the present, in Spanish (SIDAahora) from October 2001 to the present.
  • Information from the National Cancer Institute.
  • Directory of links to resources.
  • CancerCare is a national non-profit organization that provides free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral, and direct financial assistance. Website is also available in Spanish.
  • Information from the National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus that is specifically geared to caregivers.
  • Federal government information site.
  • The organization offers a variety of services to Staten Islanders living with HIV/AIDS, their families and others affected by the disease, including HIV testing, housing assistance, job counseling and addiction treatment. The website includes information on becoming a client and a Community Resource Manual.
  • Community health profiles for 42 NYC neighborhood areas from the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, NYC Dept. of Health. Search by zip code available.
  • Listing of services provided to those affected by the September 11th attacks. All listed agencies have received funding from the American Red Cross.
  • A list of links to local and national domestic violence resources.
  • A non-profit social service organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy and their families. Program services are available to residents of New York City and Westchester County.
  • Directory of facts, short essays, and answers to questions concerning women's health.
  • Information and services for caregivers of those with chronic, disabling health conditions.
  • A health and wellness site for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women.
  • Information as well as numerous services available to people living with HIV/AIDS. Site is also available in Spanish.

  • Links to information about a variety of health topics.
  • Located in a number of different US cities, as well as in Canada, Gilda's Club provides a place for those with cancer and their families to find emotional and social support. Website is also available in Spanish.
  • This site, "created by young women for young women", covers physical and mental health issues of concern to teenage girls.
  • "YouthResource, a Website created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years old, takes a holistic approach to sexual health by offering support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people. YouthResource has four focus areas: health, advocacy, community, and issues in our lives."
  • Created by a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Their mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority. Of particular note is the calendar of programs, services, workshops, forums, and other events offered in New York City.
  • A comprehensive directory of web links and online services for all sectors of the public and private health and human services field. Links to information for and about older Americans, children and families, medical and health services, mental health and substance abuse services, disaster relief, and minority services.
  • A list of links to health and healthcare resources.
  • Information from the NYC Department of Health concerning health care insurance options for people who are jobless, have low incomes or have special needs.

  • Information about health care access and health insurance, including related NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene programs

  • Information about appointing a health care agent to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
  • All-inclusive listing of 800 numbers to organizations providing information on topics like AIDS, cancer, mental health, aging, specific diseases and disorders, adoption, substance abuse, surgery, women's health, etc.
  • Health plus is a not-for-profit health care plan committed to quality health care and dedicated to the health and well-being of our culturally-diverse communities through partnership with members, providers and communitiy-based organizations.
  • "Healthy Measures introduces the concept of new ways for women to measure their health and also promotes new healthier measures or steps that women can take to better their health, without focussing on weight loss. Healthy Measures is based on a three-pronged approach of being active, eating well and being yourself." From the Ontario Association of Local Public Health Agencies.
  • Web page for New York State's health insurance plan for adults titled Healthy New York. The plan is designed to help small business owners and individuals obtain affordable health insurance. Information on eligibility, benefits, how to apply and much more is provided.

  • Healthy NY is designed to encourage small employers with 50 or fewer employees to offer health insurance coverage to their employees, dependents, and other qualified individuals. Healthy NY is also available to eligible working uninsured individuals including sole proprietors.

  • The Health Information Tool for Empowerment is an online directory of health and social services specifically for low-income, uninsured and under-insured New Yorkers.
  • Information, including statistical reports, concerning HIV/AIDS in New York City.
  • Information about finding a hospice or palliative care program in New York State, including finding care specifically for children.
  • The Consumer Information section includes consumer guides, fact sheets, Hospice Facts & Statistics, and a listing of home care and hospice state associations.
  • Links to both local and national hospice resources.
  • Immunization and medical requirements for New York City schools
  • NAtional Institute of Health (NIH) researchers recall the early years of AIDS.
  • "The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) was founded in 1954 with the goal of improving the health of women throughout the Americas. IPPF/WHR seeks to address the range of sexual and reproductive health issues that affect the integral health of women, men and adolescents."
  • "IWHC works to generate health and population policies, programs and funding that promote and protect the rights and health of girls and women worldwide."
  • A service of Beth Israel Medical Center, the Jacob Perlow Hospice, a program of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, is committed to providing specialized care to patients with end-stage disease. The hospice is Medicaid-certified. It was also the first major U.S. hospice to offer a program for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
  • JASA offers the following elder abuse services to older adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties: counseling and legal representation for elderly abuse victims by attorney/social work teams, development of safety plans, and support groups.
  • JASA offers case management at 21 social service offices throughout NYC and Long Island. Services include help in securing services such as home care, EISEP, transportation, and long term care.

  • JASA offers the following services to older adult immigrants living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties: assistance with naturalization, English and civics classes, and cultural programs.
  • Included in JASA's range of social services offered to older adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties are mental health services and caregivers respite services.
  • This free database created by the Childrens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc. provides statistical information on the well-being of children in New York City. Searches can be done by borough, community district, or school district. Statistics cover 200 different indicators, including child care, youth issues, and education.
  • Links to resources for more information on Medicare, Medicaid, and SSI (Supplemental Security Income).
  • Links to quality information resources, from the National Library of Medicine.
  • Comprehensive information from an authoritative source: the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to latest news, general overviews, clinical trials, diagnosis and symptoms and research and treatment.
  • The Michael Callen-Audre Lorde Community Health Center provides quality health care and related services primarily to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness and advocates for gay, lesbian, and transgender health issues.
  • Organization dealing with abortion and reproductive health issues.
  • Founded in 1979, NAMI-NYC Metro provides support, education, and advocacy services to individuals with mental illness and their families. The Helpline is staffed Monday through Thursday, noon-7 pm and Friday, noon-6 pm. The number is (212) 684-3264. Helpline line staff are also available at helpline@naminyc.org.
  • Consumer Information section offers lots of resources for finding a home care provider, including an agency locator, types of services provided, standard billing and payment practices, patients' rights, accrediting agencies, and state resources.
  • NFCSP programs in New York City (arranged by borough)
  • Search under "Find a Provider" for local services including grief counseling, hospice services, palliative care programs (including pediatric palliative care), and pre- and post-hospice support programs. Some information is also available in Spanish.
  • Information on how to select a hospice program as well as how to find a local program.
  • "The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family."
  • "The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is the most reliable and current information resource on womens health today. We offer FREE womens health information on more than 800 topics through our call center and website."
  • The Health Topics contains basic information with references to over 100 topics of interest to women. Daily news and features and a comprehensive directory of women's health services make this site invaluable.
  • "The not-for-profit National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is the leading independent health information source for women. NWHRC develops and distributes up-to-date and objective women's health information based on the latest advances in medical research and practice."
  • Website of the first health resource center located on a reservation in the United States.
  • The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is the nation's largest crime-victim service agency for the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and HIV-affected communities. AVP assists victims of bias and pick-up crimes, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and HIV-related violence. Legal services are available. A 24-hour hotline offering help in English and Spanish is available at 212-714-1141.
  • Website of "the leading nonprofit scientific organization devoted to promoting women's health and quality of life through an understanding of menopause. This site contains information on perimenopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms and long-term health effects of estrogen loss, and a wide variety of strategies and therapies to enhance health."
  • Contains original content by medical practicioners and an annotated subject directory of links to other resources.
  • The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) serves as a focal point for women's health research at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Womens Health Book Collective (BWHBC), is a nonprofit, public interest womens health education, advocacy, and consulting organization.
  • Part of St. Vincent's Medical Center, Pax Christi Hospice, is a home-based hospice program serving Staten Island, which offers skilled nursing and support services to terminally ill individuals and their families.
  • Information about EPIC (Elderly Phamaceutical Insurance Coverage), a New York State-sponsored prescription plan for senior citizens who need help paying for their prescriptions. Eligibility requirements, co-payments, drugs covered, and more information available.
  • "Formed in 1971, FHI is a leader among nonprofit international public health organizations, managing research and field activities in more than 70 countries to meet the public health needs of some of the world's most vulnerable people." Includes information on Reporductive health and HIV/AIDS.
  • Links to resources, including those addressing health and healthcare concerns, of interest to older adults.
  • The Richmond County Medical Society has been serving the community of Staten Island for the past 200 years. Included as members are physicians of major hospitals, medical centers and medical groups on Staten Island.
  • Offers peer-led support to women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families, and friends. Services include hotlines, survivor-led support groups, wellness programs, educational forums, outreach programs, and advocacy activities.
  • Information about Red Cross services available to those affected by the September 11th attacks. The American Red Cross will continue to offer a variety of direct and indirect support through 2007.
  • Cancer rates, hospitalization causes, leading causes of death, etc. for Staten Island and selected neighborhoods. Presented by the New York City Department of Health
  • The SIMHS is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides comprehensive mental health and related services to Staten Island children who are emotionally or behaviorally disturbed, developmentally or learning disabled, neurologically impaired, dependent on alcohol or drugs, and/or economically disadvantaged.
  • Under Local Resources is information about free or low-cost screenings, advocacy and support groups, and education and outreach opportunities.
  • From the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, this site offers information about Alzheimer's disease, as well as a resource locator to find doctors and other services in your area.
  • Loads of information on HIV/AIDS including what to do if you have just been diagnosed, treatment options, and quality of life issues. Also available, an "ask the expert" forum.
  • Website for the 90-minute PBS documentary, which originally aired Wednesday, January 21, 2004, has a wealth of information about Alzheimer's disease from symptoms to risk factors to resources.
  • The Grace Foundation was created to support and advocate for Staten Island and Brooklyn families of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders. This support takes the form of social, educational and information resources.
  • Services offered include information and referral services, assistance and advocacy, connections to hospice care, support groups and bereavement counseling. Contact information for Regional Care Centers is also provided.
  • Available 24 hours a day, this hotline is staffed by trained volunteers and is non-religious, completely confidential and has no political, social or cultural agenda. Call (212) 673-3000 for help.
  • The Tourette Syndrome Association offers support groups for people affected by Tourette Syndrome, counseling, information & referral, advocacy services, and physician referrrals. They also organize social get-togethers and mixers for young adults with Tourette Syndrome.
  • Listing of the chest centers provided by the New York City Department of Health. The chest centers provide a complete range of Tuberculosis (TB) services which are free and confidential.
  • Database of many private and public organizations that provide health, as well as other, services in the New York City area.
  • A division of Staten Island University Hospital, University Hospice serves Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. University Hospice provides comprehensive palliative (comfort) care focusing on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual support.

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