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Information Resources for Medical Students: Health Outcomes and Policy

Health Outcomes and Policy Resources

This page contains resource links and videos to help find health outcomes and policy research projects.  Due to the nature of these projects and the type of data on which they often rely, "grey" sites are often used- these are sites that are not peer reviewed publications.  Rather, they may contain statistical information, details on laws, regulations, and policies, that can be gleaned from reliable websites.  Resources below may be helpful in seeking out information to answer HOP-related questions. 

Health Outcomes and Policy Video Series

Glossary Resources

Specific Journals

There are numerous peer-reviewed journals that you are encouraged to consult, and you can search within these journals using the library’s E-Journals- the journals are here linked to the library catalog.  Some examples are listed below.

*Note: In order to access the full text of these journals electronically, remember to connect to the UF Network using one of the Libraries' Off-Campus Access options.*  

Evaluating Information

Here are some resources that may be useful when evaluating online information.

GATOR is an acronym to help you remember important components of website evaluation.

GATOR
Genuine
Accurate
Trustworthy Origin
Readability

Genuine -

Is the website or resource authentic? Look for the identity of the site sponsor and the length of time the site has been up.

Accurate -

Is the material free from error? Error may be from misinformation or from a lack of updating to represent new discoveries. Is the website current? When was it last updated?

Trustworthy -

Is the information true and reliable? Look for references. Consider the author's credentials and affiliations with academic, non-profit, and government organizations.

Origin -

Origin means the producer of the material. Is the information produced by a reputable hospital or pharmaceutical company.

Readability -

This refers to the ease with which you can read the material. Is it too elementary, too technical, or too advanced?

Reference: Educating patients to evaluate web-based health care information: the GATOR approach to healthy surfing. Weber BA, Derrico DJ, Yoon SL, Sherwill-Navarro P. J Clin Nurs. 2009 Jun 17. HONcode - Health on the Net Foundation

Commonly Cited Health Care Data

Note: these sites will be updated and changed based on changes in policy, pressing health issues, and other emergent concerns so be sure to document when you visit and don't expect that the home page story will always be the same.

Health Policy/Reform Specific

Health Care in Florida

FloridaHealthFinder:  http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/index.html 

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration: https://ahca.myflorida.com/

Florida Department of Health: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/ 

Health Insurance and Health Maintenance Organization Consumer's Guide:

Florida KidCarehttp://www.floridakidcare.org/ 

Florida Healthy Kids: https://www.healthykids.org/ 

Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield (Florida Blue): https://www.floridablue.com/

General Florida Government Resources:

Consumer-Oriented Health Information: Community Resources

Resources for specific demographic groups

Resources by geography

Consumer-Oriented Health Information: Resources for Specific Illnesses

Cancer

Oral/Dental Health

Healthcare Resources for American Indians, Hawaiian, and Alaska Natives

There are specific organizations set up to provide care, although the services can be limited due low funding levels, or made confusing depending on whether they are living on a reservation.  And Native Americas also are able to purchase to health insurance or get it through employers. The Indian Health Service (IHS) was set up to cover care for American Indians who are members of federally recognized tribes.  This care can be limited since the IHS is underfunded, and much of the care is provided by specific centers https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/American-Indian-Alaska-Native/AIAN/Outreach-and-Education/pdf/brochure_OE-booklet04.pdf  Note: The Indian Health Service, at https://www.ihs.gov   is the federal organization designated to provide care for Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Care for Native Hawaiians is slightly different.

 

Healthcare off the reservation- https://www.ihs.gov/findhealthcare/  Start here- https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/American-Indian-Alaska-Native/AIAN/Outreach-and-Education/pdf/health-care-off-the-reservation_909440-N.pdf

From coverage to care- tribal version- https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/American-Indian-Alaska-Native/AIAN/Downloads/AIAN-Coverage-to-Care-Brochure-2017.pdf

 

Some info from healthcare.gov on health coverage https://www.healthcare.gov/american-indians-alaska-natives/  ; https://www.healthcare.gov/american-indians-alaska-natives/coverage/

Looking for a place to find healthcare- https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

In Florida, American Indians may go to Palms Medical Center https://palmsmg.org/about-us for care.

Members of specific ethnic groups in Florida may get care through their tribal government healthcare service- for instance, members of the Seminole nation  can look into accessing services here: https://www.semtribe.com/stof/services/health-and-human-services/medical-program

 

For Native Hawaiians, https://www.hrsa.gov/opa/eligibility-and-registration/health-centers/native-hawaiian/index.html#:~:text=Native%20Hawaiian%20Health%20Centers%20improve,and%20basic%20primary%20care%20services .  Care for Native Hawaiians has been addressed further through the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (NHHCIA) https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/nhhcs  and addressed holistically  through http://www.papaolalokahi.org/  and the Native Hawaiian Health Systems https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/892

 

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