The following state and federal organizations are committed to family health and well-being and provide the general public with information, research, and additional resources related to family and health policy.
Policy for Results
Presents data on child and family well-being and links the data to strategies for improving outcomes.
Reports on issues such as: health care, taxes, immigration, social policy, education, energy, environment, criminal justice, transportation and elections.
National Health Literacy Links
Center for Plain Language The Center's mission is to increase the usefulness and efficiency of government, legal, and business documents, so that the people who use those documents can quickly and easily: find what they need, understand what they find, and act on that understanding.
Department of Health and Human Services The United States 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.
DHHS is also home to Healthy People 2020, which is currently in the development stages. To learn more about Healthy People 2020 and to be involved in the developmental process, please click here.
National Health Policy Forum Offers a range of educational programming designed to helpcongressional and federal agency staff become better informed about current health policy issues
National Institutes of Health
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
National Library of Medicine A division of the NIH, the NLM is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
Child Welfare League of America The nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization whose primary objective is Making Children a National Priority
Children’s Defense Fund
An alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations
National Partnership for Women and Families
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.
Voices for America’s Children
A nonpartisan, national organization committed to speaking out for the well-being of children at the federal, state and local levels of government.
Policy Research Organizations or Clearinghouses
American Enterprise Institute A private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare
American Institutes for Research Conducts behavioral and social science research in a wide range of substantive areas: education, student assessment, international education, individual and organizational performance, health research and communication, human development, usability design and testing, employment equity, and statistical and research methods.
The Brookings Institution
Nonprofit public policy organization whose mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: 1) Strengthen American democracy; 2) Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and 3) Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system
Center for Law and Social Policy A national nonprofit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth.
CYFERnet CYFERnet's Web site brings together the best, children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country
Economic Policy Institute A nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank whose goal is to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers
Educational Policy Institute
A non-profit organization dedicated to the study of issues related to the expansion of quality educational opportunities.
A public policy research organization, or "think tank" that draws solutions to contemporary problems from the ideas, principles and traditions that make America great
Urban Institute Gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government
Annie E. Casey Foundation Primary mission is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.
The Future of Children (Princeton-Brookings)
Seeks to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
The principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.
Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois-Chicago Stimulates and supports a broad range of high-quality research to improve health practices and policies in metropolitan Chicago, throughout the state of Illinois, and beyond by: working in partnership with community leaders and residents to promote health in communities; addressing disparities in health related to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status; mentoring and training new investigators; and fostering the collaboration of researchers across disciplines
Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University An interdisciplinary public policy research institute whose mission is to stimulate and support excellent social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely -- to students, scholars, policymakers, and the public at large.