The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors; empower individuals to make informed health decisions; and measure the impact of prevention activities. Healthy People 2020 continues in this tradition with an ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year agenda that includes objectives to prevent unintentional injuries and violence as well as reduce their consequences.
This section provides a selection of resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is not intended to be a comprehensive list.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, healthcare professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies. The website is maintained by the NLM at the NIH. Information on ClinicalTrials.gov is provided and updated by the sponsors or principal investigators of clinical studies. ClinicalTrials.gov maintains information on hundreds of studies related to injury prevention.
At the request of Congress, the NIH embarked on a process to provide better consistency and transparency in the reporting of its funded research. This process, implemented in 2008 through the RCDC system, uses sophisticated text data mining (categorizing and clustering using words and multiword phrases) in conjunction with NIH-wide definitions used to match projects to categories. The RCDC website provides historical and estimated funding data for a variety of research topics including accidents/adverse effects, childhood injuries, head and spine trauma, traumatic brain injury, and youth violence prevention. To search for funded projects, visit the NIH RePORTER website.
The NIAMS provides parents with information about common sports-related injuries, prevention and safety tips, and guidance on how to treat injuries if they occur. This website also provides links to the Handout on Health: Sports Injuries, Fast Facts on Sports Injuries (also available in Spanish and audio formats), and Ana’s Story—an English and Spanish-language fotonovela that teaches children and teens how to avoid sports injuries.
Supported by the NIAMS, the National Institute on Aging, the NICHD, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, the National Resource Center provides information about prevention, early detection, and treatment of osteoporosis and related bone diseases. This includes publications such as Once Is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Future Fractures (also available in Chinese), a Spanish version of Preventing Falls and Related Fractures, and a link to the NIHSeniorHealth module on Falls and Older Adults
The NINDS provides information about TBI symptoms, treatment, and prognosis. The NINDS also offers a TBI booklet, Traumatic Brain Injury: Hope Through Research, and a fact sheet on shaken baby syndrome.
The NHLBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration convened an expert panel on driver fatigue and sleepiness in order to review the scientific evidence and develop recommendations for reducing drowsy driving and automobile crashes. The NHLBI also published a report on Educating Youth About Sleep and Drowsy Driving (PDF - 196KB) and an Awake at the Wheel (61KB) brochure for students who are learning to drive.
The NIA provides information about physical changes that may affect driving skills over time and gives safe driving tips to seniors.
The NIDCD sponsors It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing®. This national public education campaign is designed to increase awareness among parents of children ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. With this information, parents and other adults can encourage children to adopt healthy hearing habits before and during the time that they develop listening, leisure, and working habits.
This activity book was developed by health professionals and leaders of national African American organizations to provide families in African American communities with the information and resources they need to help their children cope with crises.
The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. The NIMH website’s Health and Education section provides information about suicide prevention in the form of publications, multimedia, and a listing of other online resources, including Issues To Consider in Intervention Research With Persons at High Risk for Suicidality, a document for those interested in conducting clinical research involving individuals at risk for suicide.
The NIMH website’s Health and Education section provides several publications about post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to general information about diagnosis, resources are available for parents to help children cope with violence and natural disasters.
The NIMH offers a detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments of schizophrenia, which includes information on getting help and coping. Treatment helps relieve many symptoms of schizophrenia, but most people who have the disorder cope with symptoms throughout their lives. The risk of violence among people with schizophrenia is small, but people with the illness attempt suicide much more often than others. About 10% (especially young adult males) die by suicide. However, many people with schizophrenia can lead rewarding and meaningful lives in their communities. Researchers are developing more effective medications and using new research tools to understand the causes of schizophrenia. In the years to come, this work may help prevent and better treat the illness.