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Healthcare Policy and Research

This research guide gives an overview of library research resources which will be helpful as you work towards your Doctoral degree in Healthcare Policy.

U.S. Health Care System:Overview

The US Congress and Health Policy Video presentation demonstrates the critical role that congress has in shaping health policy in the United States.

Role of States in Health Policy Video presentation describes state infrastructures, political contexts, and the balance between state and federal action on health policy.

America’s Health Care Safety Net  Narrated slide presentation describes challenges facing the network of clinics and hospitals serving the uninsured and most vulnerable populations. 

Public Health Infrastructure  Defines PHI, lists 10 Essential Public Health Services, and defines emerging issues in public health infrastructure

Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System This article (10.1056/NEJMp0910064) was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, January 6, 2010, at

America's Health Rankings Provides a comprehensive perspective on our national health issues, including smoking and binge drinking, state by state. Interactive maps let you compare states side-by-side. 


Search U.S. Agencies

 You can search for alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse related reports and resources at each of these sites.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services.

 National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the HHS , NIH is the nation’s medical research agency.

Office of the Surgeon General  The Surgeon General serves as America's Doctor by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

Health Hotlines Online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services. The database also includes information on services and publications available in Spanish and is provided by the National Librarian of Medicine.


    Selected Agency Publications

    NIDA - Assessing Drug Abuse Within and Across Communities  Guidelines for establishing epidemiology networks to monitor and assess drug abuse patterns, trends, and emerging drug problems at community and State levels to provide a foundation of information for public health response.

    The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. You can download the strategy in full or read the strategy broken out by section. 

    NIDA - Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders. Good introduction to research-based prevention for those new to the field of drug abuse prevention. Selected resources and references are also provided. The In Brief publication and the complete second edition can also be downloaded here. 

    NIDA Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide Addresses addiction to a wide variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs; a valuable resource for health care providers, family members, other stakeholders trying to address the myriad problems faced by patients in need of treatment for drug abuse or addiction.

    Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations: A Research Based Guide This complement to NIDA's Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide describes treatment principles/ research findings relevant to the criminal justice community and to treatment professionals working with drug abusing offenders.

    Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease The entire report or sections can be downloaded; there are also 2 booklets summarizing the findings of the report and their implications for both consumers and clinicians. NOTE: for related documents, search tobacco from the SG website (search box is on the upper right corner of the page).