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Blogs and Websites
While I expect all students in this course to carefully identify the difference between opinion and belief on the one hand, and reliable facts on the other hand, not all authors of blogs and websites are as careful. Therefore, when you communicate about health care policy,
- use and cite peer-reviewed professional or scientific literature when you communicate facts.
- use blogs, popular press, and websites to illustrate popular, political, and creative thought.
- make it easy for persons reading your writing to tell the difference between facts and opinion.
Health professionals have a moral, ethical, and sometimes legal obligation to communicate factual health information.
The collection of information resources on this page also begin to illustrate the complex mix of "players" in the political process used by a free society to shape the future and protect the past.
Foundations, Think Tanks, and Political Parties (more exist)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Our goal is clear: To help our society transform itself for the better.
Kaiser Family Foundation
A leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs,
The Commonwealth Fund
A private foundation working toward a high performance health care system.
Pew-Internet and the American Life
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.
Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
For more than 25 years, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has used improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and health care across the world.
We bring awareness of safety and quality to millions, accelerate learning and the systematic improvement of care, develop solutions to previously intractable challenges, and mobilize health systems, communities, regions, and nations to reduce harm and deaths.
We work in collaboration with the growing IHI community to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations.
We generate optimism, harvest fresh ideas, and support anyone, anywhere who wants to profoundly change health and health care for the better.
Professional Organizations (many more exist)
Voluntary Health Organizations (many more exist)
Trade and Advocacy Groups (many more)