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SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

AFRICAN AMERICAN

California Black Women's Health Project
1061 E. 54th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90011
323/231-5303
Provides health advocacy for African American women and girls

Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc.
8630 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 233
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323/295-9993

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
200 Corporate Pointe, Suite 495
Culver City, CA 90230
310/216-6363

ASIAN AMERICANS

National Advocates for Asian American and Pacific Islander Health
942 Market St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415/954-9988
Fax: 415/954-9999
hforum@apiahf.org
www.apihf.org

National Asian Women's Health Organization
250 Montgomery St. Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415/989-9747
Fax: 415/989-9758
nawho@nawho.org
www.nawho.org

CHILDREN

Center on Budget and policy Priorities
820 First Street, NE
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202/408-1080
Fax: 202/408-1056
www.cbpp.org
Outreach kit: "Free low-cost health Insurance: Children You Know Are Missing Out."

National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions
401 Wyth Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/684-1355
www.childrenshospital.net

National Conference of State Legislatures
"State CHIP 1999 Annual Report"
444North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 515
Washington, DC 20001
202/624-5400

CHRONICLY ILL

Center for Health Care Strategies
353 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609/279-0700
Fax: 609/279-0956
mail@chcs.org
www.chcs.org
A non-profit, non-partisan policy resource center to promote the development and implementation of effective health and social policy for all Americans. Focuses on Medicaid managed care programs, building health systems for people with chronic illness, and improving asthma care for children.

Medtronic
http://www.medtronic.com/
Medtronic is a medical technology company, providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease. Site includes "Learning On Your Own: A Patient's Guide to Health Information," a free guide offering ideas about where to look for health information and how to find the best sources so you can play an active role in your medical care.

National Health Council
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 785-3910
Fax: (202) 785-5923
info@nhcouncil.org
www.nhcouncil.org
The National Health Council is a private, nonprofit umbrella organization comprised of more than 100 national health-related organizations, including over 40 of the nation's leading patient-based groups, also known as voluntary health agencies. These groups represent approximately 100 million people with chronic diseases and/or disabilities. The Council's mission is to promote the health of all people by advancing the voluntary health movement. This movement is driven by volunteers who -- as individuals, families, and communities -- work together toward the prevention, treatment, and cure of disease and disability.

LATINO / A

Latino Health Access
1717 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92706
714/542-7792

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
1501 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1401
800-504-7081 (Voice: Toll-free)
800-SAL-UD12 (Voice: Toll-free)
202-387-5000 (Voice)
202-797-4353 (FAX)
alliance@hispanichealth.org
www.hispanichealth.org

National Latina Health Organization
P.O. Box 7567
Oakland, CA 94601
510/534-1362

WORKING POOR AND MEDICAID

Center for Health Care Strategies
353 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609/279-0700
Fax: 609/279-0956
mail@chcs.org
www.chcs.org
A non-profit, non-partisan policy resource center to promote the development and implementation of effective health and social policy for all Americans. Focuses on Medicaid managed care programs, building health systems for people with chronic illness, and improving asthma care for children.
NHeLP -- National Health Law Program
2639 La ?Cietntga? Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310/204-6010
www.hhelp@healthlaw.org
A national public interest law firm that works to improve health care access for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NheLP produces studies on the Medicare program.

"State Subsidized Health Insurance Programs for Low income residents: Program Structure, Administration , and Costs"
The Commonwealth Fund
One East 75th St.
New York, NY 10021-2692
Phone: 212/606-3800
Fax: 212/606-3500
Cmwf@cmwf.org www.cmwf.org

MEN

The Commonwealth Fund report
"Out of Touch: American Men and the Health Care System"
www.cmwf.org/programs/women/sandman_men'ssurvey2000_374.asp

American Medical Assn.
www.ama-assn.org
For the men's health care calendar, go to "healthy families" in the consumer information section. A chart lists the recommended screenings and immunizations for men 18 and older, and even suggests topics and conditions to discuss with a doctor. The site also has details on several male conditions.

Colon Cancer Alliance
www.ccalliance.org
Statistics and more about detecting and coping with colorectal cancer--in Spanish and English. The site began in 1996 as an Internet discussion list. The alliance arms consumers with patient support, education, research, advocacy and links to other sites by topic. It includes insurance information, advocacy, facts, detection, clinical trials, genetics and the most popular feature: survivor stories. For men facing the disease, a volunteer program coordinator will link you with a cyber buddy in a similar situation.

HealthWorld Online
www.healthy.net
Preventing colon cancer, heart disease and other illnesses before they strike is what drives HealthWorld Online. The site has extensive natural and alternative health information, news and products, but conventional health information as well and takes a preventative approach. The featured stories in the men's section include topics such as alternative approaches to prostate cancer and "male andropause." The latter article tackles the debate over the existence of the male version of menopause and suggests testosterone as a possible treatment.

MINORITY HEALTH

"U.S. Minority Health: A Chartbook"
The Commonwealth Fund
One East 75th St.
New York, NY 10021-2692
Phone: 212/606-3800
Fax: 212/606-3500
Cmwf@cmwf.org www.cmwf.org

SENIORS AND MEDICARE

AARP
http://www.aarp.org/
Formerly the American Association of Retired People, AARP is a national advocacy organization for senior citizens.

American Society on Aging
Office hours: 8:30 am- 5:00 pm Pacific time
Phone: 415-974-9600
Fax: 415-974-0300
info@asaging.org
http://www.asaging.org/ASA_Home_New5.cfm

Archstone Foundation
401 East Ocean Blvd., Suite 1000
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 562/590-8655
Fax: 562/495-0317
archstone@compuserve.com
www.archstone.com
Contributes to the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population.

Center for Medicare Education
http://www.medicareed.org/
The Center for Medicare Education is a resource for public agencies and private organizations that provide consumer education about Medicare and Medicare health plan options.

Gray Panthers
2025 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 821
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202/466-3121
Fax: 202/466-3133
an organization of people of all ages which supports involvement in the political process at the grassroots level on behalf of social change, including a national health care system.

Goldsman Institute on Aging
3330 Geary Blvd., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94118-3347
Phone: 415/750-4144
Fax: 415/750-4179
www.gioa.org

The John A. Hartford Foundation
53 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212/832-7788
Fax: 212/593-4913
Mail@jhartfound.com
www.jhartfound.com
Supports efforts to improve health care for the elderly in America

Medicare
http://www.medicare.gov/
The official U.S. Government website for consumer information on the Medicare program. The site is a great resource for information on Medicare, Medigap, and Medicare managed care plans.

Medicare Policy Project -- Kaiser Family Foundation
This Project of the KFF conducts and supports research and analysis on current Medicare policy issues, monitors key trends, and produces fact sheets, resource books and reports to inform policy discussions.
http://www.kff.org/sections.cgi?section=medicare

Medicare Rights Center
www.medicarerights.org

National Aging Information Center
Administration on Aging
330 Independence Ave, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
202/619-7501
800/677-1116
www.doa.gov
Elder care locator

National Council on Aging
409 3rd Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
202/479-1200
800/414-9046
www.ncoa.org

National Senior Citizens Law Center
http://www.nsclc.org/
Works to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities.

U.S. Social Security Administration
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
800/722-1213
www.ssa.gov
Provides information on Medicare

WOMEN

Center for Women Policy Studies
"Managed Care: Serving the Needs of Women?"
1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 312
Washington, DC 20036
202/872-1770

Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
409 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2188
Phone: 202/863-4990
Fax: 202/488-4229
www.jiwh.org

National Asian Women's Health Organization
250 Montgomery St. Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415/989-9747
Fax: 415/989-9758
nawho@nawho.org
www.nawho.org

Pacific Institute for Women's Health
2999 Overland, Ave., Suite 218
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310/842-6828
Fax: 310/280-0600
Fax: 310/280-0619
piwh@piwh.org
www.piwh.org

Older Women's League
666 11th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202/783-6686
Phone: 800/825-3625
Fax: 202/638-2356
a grassroots organization which works to improve the economic, social and health situations facing middle-aged and older women through research, education and advocacy.


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