ACHS Resource Guide
We have taken the time to review these websites and feel they offer good information. These resources are intended to help better educate and inform viewers, they are not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider.
- Community & Social Services Resources
- Health Care Related Resources
- Nutrition, Fitness & Healthy Lifestyle Related Resources
- Community Health Center Advocacy Resources
- ACHS Information for a Healthy Life
Community & Social Services Resources
This is a wonderful local resource website that links you to other area support services websites ranging from counseling services to housing to legal services. It includes contact information, a brief description of the agency and provides a link to the agency’s website.
ServiceLink Resource Centers are trusted places in your community to get answers about healthcare and other services for older adults, persons with disabilities and family caregivers. The ServiceLink Resource Centers network consists of local and accessible community based offices that can help you:
- Access resources you need to make informed choices and live independently in your community
- Make connections to those resources
- Explore your future care and evaluate your long-term care options, including the pros and cons of specific choices
- Become involved through various volunteer opportunities
- Develop a healthier lifestyle
- Understand Medicare and Medicaid
Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce
Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
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Health Care Related Resources
The National Institutes of Health provides an excellent, up-to-date, accurate and extremely well-organized patient health information "online catalog". Visitors may choose a variety of ways to browse and search for information on health topics from A-Z. Simple list type navigation reduces distractions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides users with credible, reliable health information on Data and Statistics, Diseases and Conditions, Emergencies and Disasters, Environmental Health, Healthy Living and much more. Lots of multi-media options and applications to get health information on the go.
The patient education content at the Family Doctor Web site is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Content is available in both English and Spanish and covers a wide variety of topics. The site is user-friendly and well organized. It includes a helpful section on Over the Counter (OTC) Medications and another called the Smart Patient Guide.
WebMD provides quality, comprehensive health resources for consumers, physicians, nurses, and educators. This patient education site includes news, chat forums, videos, slideshows and consumer product updates, as well as an online Personal Health Record accessible by authorized providers.
This is another great health website for consumers. The Mayo Clinic serves up clear and accurate information in useful categories: diseases and conditions, symptom checker, drugs and supplements, treatment options, and healthy living. The Drugs and Supplements section allows users to search or browse alphabetically (very useful when a user's not sure how to spell a drug) for prescription, OTC drugs, and herbs and supplements. A variety of calculators, self-assessments and easy-to-understand treatment decision guides are available.
The American Heart Association website offers a Getting Healthy section that offers easy tips to start using right away such as the “Top Ten Stress Fighting Tips”. Good information that is on-target and in plain English. The Conditions section focuses on all aspects of heart health, including heart attack, cholesterol, blood pressure, arrhythmia, peripheral artery disease, stroke and more. There are assessment tools and downloadable holiday eating guides.
An excellent source for Diabetes information, including an A-Z topic list, information about pre-diabetes, Types 1 and 2, treatments, clinical trials, and more.
PRIMED Patient Education Center provides health information written by Harvard Medical School and for consumers. There are many excellent brochures that educate about common diseases and conditions and are offered in downloadable and printable PDF format. PRIMED Patient Education Center also offers glossaries, links to other resources and interactive tools for patients to assess their knowledge and risk.
The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers information on dietary supplements, alternative treatments and therapies, as well as downloadable and printable PDF format fact sheets on many of these topics. Also available in Spanish.
WholeHealthMD was developed by a team of board-certified doctors and Complementary and Alternative Medicine specialists. These doctors worked with chiropractors, acupuncturists, herbal medicine advisors, nutritionists, and massage therapists to provide integrative health care solutions using a patient-centered approach to wellness to positively impact one’s life. Users can browse "Healing Centers" to find quite specific, actionable information on a variety of supplements and integrative practices -- including WholeHealthMD doctors' recommendations for specific vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements --with dosages, how-to take instructions, and other tips. A healthful diet is emphasized in the "Healing Kitchen".
Peer-reviewed, non-commercial, patient-centered information on a huge variety of clinical laboratory tests that is organized by tests, conditions/diseases and life stage screening. Available in several languages.
This site is published by the not-for-profit Immunization Action Coalition and provides comprehensive, easy-to-understand vaccination information in English and Spanish. Prominent links on the home page address public concerns about vaccine safety.
This site offers many good tools and useful information on pregnancy, birthing and parenting in an engaging "pop culture" format and style. The site has much more advertising than other health sites, but offers a lot of coupons as well.
KidsHealth provides doctor-approved, age-appropriate health information. The three main sections, For Parents, For Kids and For Teens are graphically designed to appeal to each age group. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, this site provides families with culturally relevant, accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information, in English and Spanish.
This is a good website for older adults. It includes many topics of relevance including Alzeimer's, prescription drug coverage, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis, and more. The website can be viewed in large print.
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Nutrition, Fitness & Healthy Lifestyle Related Resources
This is a comprehensive site for Foundation for Healthy Communities. It provides health information, resources, and links to other NH physical activity and nutrition programs like Walk NH, and 5-2-1-0 HealthyNH
LiveFIT NH is a community engagement project brought to the community by New Hampshire Publie TV, encouraging healthy eating and physical activity in adults and children. This is demonstrated using television segments, education and outreach and online resources.
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Community Health Center Advocacy Resources
Bi-State Primary Care Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan charitable organization with a broad membership of thirty-four organizations in Vermont and New Hampshire that provide and/or support community-based primary health care services. A “voice” for the medically underserved, Bi-State members include community health centers, rural health clinics, private and hospital-supported primary care practices, community action programs, health care for the homeless programs, area health education centers, clinics for the uninsured, and social service agencies.
Bi-State works with federal, state, and regional health policy organizations and policymakers, foundations, and payers to develop strategies, policies, and programs that promote and sustain community-based, primary health care services. With offices in New Hampshire and Vermont, Bi-State provides advocacy, technical assistance, education and training, networking opportunities, and resource and information services.
Ammonoosuc Community Health Services is a member organization of Bi-State Primary Care Association.
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Community Health Centers serve 20 million people at more than 8,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. Health centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy.
To address these needs, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was organized in 1971. NACHC works with a network of state health center and primary care organizations to serve health centers in a variety of ways:
- Provide research-based advocacy for health centers and their clients.
- Educate the public about the mission and value of health centers.
- Train and provide technical assistance to health center staff and boards.
- Develop alliances with private partners and key stakeholders to foster the delivery of primary health care services to communities in need.
The Campaign for America’s Health Centers was launched because the Health Centers program faces real threats to its future as a result of actions already taken by and proposals being considered in Congress:
- Federal support for the expansion of health centers has already been reduced and further reductions could dramatically impact existing health centers, and
- Proposals to change the Medicaid program could undermine the financial stability of every health center – potentially reducing health center revenues by half.
The Campaign for America’s Health Centers is dedicated to stopping these threats to health centers and their patients. This Campaign will provide a way for every health center, every patient and every community that has or needs a health center to step up for health centers - to ACT NOW to preserve, strengthen and expand America’s Health Centers. The Campaign’s objectives are simple and straightforward:
- To restore the annual federal funding for Health Centers to a level that will ensure the entire Health Center Trust Fund can be used for its intended purpose – serving more people in need, and
- To preserve the vital Medicaid program and ensure that America’s Health Centers are adequately reimbursed.
To be successful, the Campaign for America’s Health Centers will need active support not just from people already connected to health centers - staff, boards and patients, but from everyone who believes that every person who needs a health care home should be able to find one at a health center.
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ACHS Information for a Healthy Life
Ammonoosuc Community Health Services created its own guides based on the needs of its patients. See the Downloadable Materials below for your own copy of these guides.
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- ACHS LDL Cholesterol Brochure
- ACHS Vitamin D Brochure
- ACHS Concussions Brochure
- ACHS Sunscreen brochure
- ACHS Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Brochure
- ACHS_Healthy Eating_Brochure
- ACHS Advance Care Planning
- ACHS Breastfeeding
- ACHS Exercise as a Lifestyle
- ACHS Ticks & Lyme Disease
- ACHS Guide to Stomach Complaints
- ACHS Pertussis
- ACHS ADHD Brochure
- ACHS Medical Marijuana