Federal Health AgenciesHealth and Human Services
HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
The ACHSA mission is to be the voice of the correctional health care profession, and serve as an effective forum for communication addressing current issues and needs confronting correctional health care.
Center for Disease Control – Correctional Health
The mission of this site is to address the health, mental health and substance abuse problems often more apparent in jails and prisons than in the community.
CDC Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention
As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC provides national leadership in helping control the HIV epidemic by working with community, state, national, and international partners in surveillance, research, prevention and evaluation activities.
CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
The National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention – The mission of this website is to foster collaboration between public health organizations and the criminal justice system by providing information on correctional health care issues to health care providers, the people they serve, and the general public.
The Journal of Correctional Health Care is a peer-reviewed scientific journal addressing correctional health care topics. It features original research, case studies, best practices, literature reviews and more to keep correctional health care professionals up-to-date on trends and developments important to their field.
Journal of Correctional Health Care
CDC National Prevention Information Network
The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the U.S. reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). NPIN produces, collects, catalogs, processes, stocks, and disseminates materials and information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB to organizations and people working in those disease fields in international, national, state, and local settings.
Division of Immigration Health Services
The Division of Immigration Health Service (DIHS) provides a nationwide clinical operations function within the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) responding to specifications of inter-service agreements with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide or arrange health care services for undocumented migrants detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Food and Drug Administration
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nationÕs food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. They also advance the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
Health Resources and Services Administration
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA oversees organ, tissue and bone marrow donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensate individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA is working to ensure the rapid and effective transfer of scientific data to policy makers, drug abuse practitioners, other health care practitioners, and the general public. The NIDA web site is an important part of this effort. The scientific knowledge that is generated through NIDA research is a critical element to improving the overall health of the Nation.
National Institutes of Health
The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone.
Public Health Service
The U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) protects, promotes, and advances the health and safety of the Nation. The Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through rapid and effective response to public health needs, leadership and excellence in public health practices, and the advancement of public health science.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work & a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources & programs, policies and grants & toward that outcome.
The Office of the Surgeon General, under the direction of the Surgeon General, oversees the 6,000-member Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and provides support for the Surgeon General in the accomplishment of his other duties. The Office is part of the Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
Federal Corrections/Justice Agencies
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to Federal, State, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
The Federal Bureau of Prisons protects society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
National Institute of Corrections
Providing federal, state, and local corrections agencies with training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance.
National Institute of Justice
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels.
Office of Justice Programs
Since 1984, the Office of Justice Programs has provided federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims.
National Institute of Justice
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.
Miscellaneous LinksAmerican Correctional Association
American Correctional Association provides a professional organization for all individuals and groups, both public and private that share a common goal of improving the justice system, through membership, professional development, standards and accreditation, educational programs, publications, and promotion of public policies.
Visit the CorrDocs Archive
This periodic publication of the ACCP provides current information on College activities as well as timely news about current issues facing the field, and information about local, national, and international practices aimed at improving the quality of correctional medicine.
Corrections.com is the single most recognizable brand online for the global community of corrections. Award-winning daily news is at the core of our business, with the most comprehensive database of vendor intelligence in corrections.
Healthfinder is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, healthfinder has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.
Jail Medicine is a blog by Dr. Jeffrey Keller discussing all aspects of medicine practiced in today’s jails, prisons and juvenile facilities.
Library of Congress “Thomas”
The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include the features and content listed below.
Medline / PubMed
PubMed provides access to bibliographic information that includes MEDLINE, OLDMEDLINE, as well as the out-of-scope citations from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and chemistry journals, for which the life sciences articles are indexed for MEDLINE; Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing; some additional life science journals that submit full text to PubMedCentral and receive a qualitative review by NLM.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
National Commission on Correctional Health Care is dedicated to improving the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities through national standards, facility accreditation, educational programs, publications, professional certification, and technical assistance.
National Guideline Clearinghouse
NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for health care Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation’s drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Helpful documents include The Role of Correctional Officers in Preventing Suicide and Suicide Prevention Resources for Adult Corrections.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization. The WHO/Europe site includes the Partnership for Health in the Criminal Justice System. Note the publication Health in Prisons: WHO Guide to the Essentials in Prison Health.