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Welcome to the RPCV Health Crusade Resource Library

RPCV Health Crusade operate independently of other groups or organizations. But we recognize that other groups may have the focus or resources in areas beyond our current scope or resources. So, we are collecting and listing as many applicable resources as we can find into this Resource Library. In instances where interests are aligned on topics of health, we will collaborate with these and other RPCV-focused groups to coordinate efforts and present a united voice of RPCV interests.

However, we cannot verify or endorse any of the organizations or programs listed in this Resource Library. We try to locate and list resources that offer information and support, ideally for free, that RPCVs can benefit from. And, we have chosen not to list non-RPCV resources that are primarily advocacy-focused or appear to be driven by financial gains and motivations.

There is so much Peace Corps information to share but we are no looking to duplicate the Peace Corps website. We limited posted information to only health/medical specific information. The information should be accurate at the time of posting but there is a chance that the information have changed since posting.

Being a small group of volunteers, we cannot keep track of all the resources listed so the information may have changed since posting. Therefore, we encourage you to do your own research before relying on the listed information, purchasing anything, or providing any personal or medical information.

And, let us know of more resources to add to this resource library or if any listed resources need to be updated. This Resource Library will continue to grow and change with our efforts and your input.




Peace Corps-Specific Information

(listed alphabetically)

*** UPDATES on COVID-19 PCV Evacuation ***

 

Peace Corps has created this webpage specifically for updates and information related to the current COVID-19 evacuation in 2020.

 

 

Peace Corps’ COS health benefits packet is a collection of information about insurance, locating providers, obtaining referrals, and more. For questions about the process or medical needs, contact the country of service representative.

 

 

This insurance plan is provided by a private external company and offers very limited coverage. This plan does not meet the Minimum Essential Coverage as defined under the Affordable Care Act. It is only intended for transitional situations and not full medical needs. And, it does not cover PCV service related medical situations. Currently, Peace Corps pays for only for the first month following your Close of Service (COS). And then you have the option to purchase an additional 2 months but you have a limited window for that purchase.

Due to the 2020 PCV evacuations from the COVID-19, Peace Corps is paying for two months of coverage following COS/evacuation.

 

 

Online learning platform for Peace Corps Trainees, Volunteers, and Staff. The platform provides detailed information on benefits, healthcare, return to service, and ways to connect with the Peace Corps community.

 

 

To qualify for coverage for care related to health conditions not resolved from service, you first need to be evaluated. But, you only have a limited amount of time to be evaluated and file a claim.

Be sure to collect all of your records whether or not the evaluations records were sent to the Peace Corps or the Department of Labor.

 

 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides guidance on disability-related inquiries and medical examinations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC also provided informal guidance in a 2012 publicly posted letter to Peace Corps specifically about medical inquiries of Peace Corps applicants.

 

 

Peace Corps is supposed to provide PCVs with the necessary vaccinations, medications, and information to stay healthy during Peace Corps service. You should receive a medical kit and have a method for direct access to your Peace Corps Medical Officer. If you are concerned with the medical care you are receiving during service, contact the Office of Medical Services Quality Nurse Line.

NOTE: The PCV should take adequate precautions and apply healthy habits to minimize preventable medical situations.

 

 

After receiving an official Peace Corps invitation letter, you have to go through a comprehensive medical and dental assessment. The health history form requires details like immunizations, current medical conditions, and ongoing treatment.

Depending on the country of service, you may need to obtain certain vaccinations before you leave the USA. If so, we offer information throughout this Resource Library on ways to minimize those costs.

Peace Corps provides a list of certain medical conditions or medications that typically cannot be supported in country. However, leaving out certain medical concerns could disqualify you from service altogether.

Some countries of service do not have the same level of medical care that is available in the USA. So, it could be very risky for you (and others around you) to serve with medical conditions that Peace Corps is not aware of.

 

 

Applicants may be able to get reimbursed for certain medical expenses for required events for the medical clearance process. Reimbursement amounts are currently different for applicants by age (over 50) and by gender.

 

 

If you served in 1988 or after, your Peace Corps records are available to you. Unfortunately, records before 1987 are no longer available. Until 2012, records were only kept for 25 years. Going forward, they will be retained and available for 50 years.

You have to file a request for your records. And, you are entitled to receive your records electronically and in an ADA accessible format. You also have the right to correct them if they are not accurate. Submit the request or questions to the Peace Corps Medical Records department.

NOTE: Be sure to collect ALL of your medical records including your pre-service history, immunizations, dental, consultant reports, etc.

 

 

Peace Corps presents a list of medical providers within their insurance network. Your volunteer id is the same as your insurance member id. Providers need to follow specific billing instructions.

 

 

The Post-Service Unit is a part of the Peace Corps’ Office of Health Services helps to provide guidance for post-service health care. Their responsibilities include medical evaluations and filing of claims. This department is the designated liaison in filing FECA claims.

 

 

The Office of Victim Advocacy is a resource to PCVs and RPCVs who were victims of crime, including sexual assault and stalking. They are committed to treat those who report a crime with compassion, dignity, and respect. They are supposed to provide mental health, medical, and legal options.

 

 

The Peace Corps SAVES Helpline is staffed by trained professionals available 24/7 around the world to provide education and support to PCVs and trainees who are victims of sexual assault. You will not have to provide any personally identifying information. And, the sessions will be treated as anonymous confidential communications.

 

 

Peace Corps covers a certain number of free mental health therapy sessions following COS. You have a limited amount of time to take advantage of these sessions to help with re-adjustment after your Peace Corps service. If you are not able to locate a provider near you from the provider list, then carefully follow the instruction on the authorization form to select a different provider (must be an MD or PhD).

And, if you feel that you need more than the number of free sessions allotted, contact Peace Corps’ FECA office about filing a FECA claims for additional sessions.

 

 

Information about where to locate your prescription cards including which of the two health benefit cards to use for prescription benefits. The FAQ pdf also provides information about medications for countries of service where Malaria and/or Schistosomiasis is present.

 

Service-Related Health Conditions

 

If you have a service-related health condition, then you will need to pursue a claim with the Department of Labor under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). You only have a limited amount of time in getting the needed evaluations and filing a claim. Currently, you have to prove that your health condition is related to service. Confirm that your PCMO documented your issues in your Peace Corps medical records. And, you have the right to correct them if they are not. Also, be sure to collect all your medical records.

 

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PCV/RPCV-Support Resources

(listed alphabetically)

 

Alliance for Ukraine’s Evacuation Assistance Mentorship Program

 

This program is intended to help coordinate RPCVs who want to help the recently-evacuated PCVs. The expectation is to provide a support network to match PCVs with RPCVs who served in Ukraine.

 

Atlanta Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association’s (AARPCV) Mentor Program

 

AARPCV’s mentoring program connects RPCVs to mentors to help with the stressful transitioning to/from PC service. The mentor program also helps RPCVs with career mentors who can share their personal experience in navigating and working in specific career industries. Currently, the program is only available within the Atlanta-area.

 

Boston Area RPCVs’ New England Based Volunteers Support Network

 

Boston Area RPCVs’ support network is intended for New England based volunteers to support each other when returning to the USA.

 

Friends of Liberia’s (FOL) Mentor Program

 

FOL’s mentor program connects returning PCVs with FOL members for assistance in job hunting, resume/cv development, and a friendly ear to share stories and more.

 

Friends of South Africa’s (FSA) Returning Volunteer Matching Program

 

FSA’s matching program connects EPCVs with SA RPCVs based on the EPCV’s general or specific support needs (graduate degrees, non-competitive eligibility, readjustment, etc.). The one-to-one match connects through email, text, or voice chat depending on the team’s preferences. Currently, the group does not have a website so signups are through separate online forms for EPCVs for support and RPCVs to provide support.

 

Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers

 

Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers fights to ensure that Peace Corps Volunteers, sick or injured by their service overseas, obtain the support and benefits to which they are entitled by law. Their website includes information on filing FECA claims with the Department of Labor for health issues related to PC service.

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ (LGBT RPCV) Mentor Program

 

LGBT RPCV Mentor Program connects applicants and invitees with its members to discuss service as an LGBT PCV.

 

Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ Mentor Program

 

Minnesota’s mentor program connects RPCVs with invitees serving in the same service country, helps as a job search mentor, supports early terminations, and helps engage the new RPCV in social opportunities.

 

National Peace Corps Association’s (NPCA) Benevolent Fund

 

This fund is intended to directly support RPCVs in need of assistance to overcome acute hardship, including health issues related to their Peace Corps service, and connects them to resources to help navigate a road to recovery. Also, NPCA has notated that 85% of the fund’s donations will support the program for RPCVs (and 15% retained as npca fee).

NOTE: So far, we cannot find any information on the npca’s website about the amount of fund distributed to the actual EPCV/RPCV, the process, or recipient qualifications. We have asked NPCA for clarification several times and still waiting for a response. This listing will be updated when we learn more.

 

National Peace Corps Association’s (NPCA) Global Reentry Program

 

NPCA’s Global Reentry Program is focused on helping the 2020 evacuated PCVs who are returning home. The program offers academic and career resources and peer networking as well as advocacy for benefits and entitlements for the evacuees and Peace Corps’ program future.

 

Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCalPCA) Support Program

 

NorCalPCA’s offers EPCVs and RPCVs information and resources on jobs/careers, housing, advocacy, and community forums.

 

Pathway to Peace Corps

 

Pathway to Peace Corps provides information that helps applicants prepare for Peace Corps service.

 

Philadelphia Area Peace Corps Association’s PAPCA Buddy System

 

PAPCA’s Buddy System buddies the evacuated PCV with an RPCV in the Philadelphia area for moral support. Exchanges can be by text, phone, IM, etc. or other virtual methods until it is safe for in-person contact. Sign up is through an online form.

 

Portland Peace Corps Association’s (PPCA) COVID-19 Support Fund

 

PPCA’s support fund provides a one-time payment to support EPCVs and RPCVs in NW Oregon and SW Washington with crucial needs from the evacuation and/or impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Applicants are expected to identify their needs and what the funds will be used for.

 

Returned Peace Corps COVID-19 Evacuation Support FaceBook Group

 

The Peace Corps COVID Evacuation Support group was started by an RPCV so that the 2020 evacuated PCVs and RPCVs can come together and find ways to support each other.

 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawai’i’s (RPCVHI) Aloha Grants and Aloha Care Packages Program

 

RPCVHI offers serving PCVs with the choice of an Aloha Grant or Aloha Care Package once a year during service. The PCV sends in a request for specific amount (if grant) or items needed (if care package). Any PCV is welcome to apply but PCVs from Hawai’i go to the top of the list.

 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawai’i’s (RPCVHI) EPCV Emergency Relief Fund

 

RPCVHI established an emergency relief fund for the EPCVs from Hawai’i. Emergency funds are likely awarded in the form of grocery store gift cards but each request will be evaluated individually for need. RPCVHI has confirmed that 100% of the donations will be distributed to the EPCVs requesting assistance.

NOTE: Since this is a newly created fund, the program is still being defined. This listing will be updated when we learn more.

 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C. (RPCV/W) Mentoring Program

 

RPCV/W’s four-month mentoring program connects RPCVs with mentors to help with developing their career path, navigating personal growth, and in making professional decisions.

 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison’s Volunteer Evacuation Transition (VET) Fund

 

The VET fund provides donated funds to the 2020 evacuated PCVs who are experiencing financial difficulties with lodging, transportation, medical, etc. The fund is intended for PCVs who are residents of WI or graduates of the University of Wisconsin school system. The program ends on December 31, 2020.

NOTE: Even though this is a newly created fund, they moved quickly to define and share the program details surrounding qualifications, duration, funding, and transparency. The group is volunteer-run with no salaries, program fees, or other expenses taken from the fund. 100% of donated funds are distributed to the EPCVs.

 

Seattle Area Peace Corps Association’s (SEAPAX) Mentor Program

 

SEAPAX’s mentor program provides support and guidance for recently returned RPCVs. The program helps participants with finding housing, professional development, graduate school, readjustment, and more.

 

The Fourth Goal

 

The Fourth Goal was started by Nick Castle’s family after his death to work for a more consistent and standardized approach for Peace Corps Volunteers to receive quality and consistent medical care during their Peace Corps service.

 



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Health Management and Prevention Resources

Care and Testing

American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program provides eye care services to the medically under-served or those at increased risk for eye disease. And, more than 90% of the care is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to patients.


ASCRS’ Operation Sight is a charitable cataract surgery program to serve financially vulnerable, uninsured Americans who cannot afford or access care.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Services lists health clinics with a focus on LGBT health services by state and city.


Healthline’s Symptom Checker helps identify potential causes and treatments based on symptoms being experienced.


Hesperian Health Guides offers print and online informational health guides that are particularly useful where formal medical care may not be available.


Los Angeles LGBT Center is a federally-qualified center that provides a range of services including health and mental healthcare focused on the LGBTQ community. Some of the additional services include transitional living programs, education programs, support options, addiction recovery services, and more. The center’s resource page offers a list of resources specific to the LGBTQ community.


Medicine Assistance Tool searches for free and low-cost health clinics near a specific location.


National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics lists free and charitable clinics across the USA that provides health care to the medically under-served in their community.


NeedyMed’s directory offers a list of state-sponsored (or local/county) programs that assists with medical care, prescriptions, medical supplies, disease screening, etc.


Volunteer Eye Surgeons’ Association’s Mission Cataract USA program provides free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay.

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Dental Health

Free Dental is building a resource list of free and sliding scale dental clinics as well as Medicaid dental providers.


Free Dental Care lists dental clinics that offer free or low cost dental care. It also lists some sliding scale clinics for after-hours emergencies.


NeedyMeds searches for clinics that offer dental services that are free, low cost, sliding scale, or with some type of financial assistance. Some of the listed clinics may also provide additional services like disease testing and treatment, counseling, etc.

 

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Disability Health

Blind Alive’s Eyes-Free Fitness audio exercise programs enable stretching, strengthening, conditioning, and toning without needing visual capability. A team of fitness instructors, musicians, and audio editors provide a variety of exercise programs for people with limited vision or prefer non-visual instructions. All programs are free and available to be downloaded.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Disability and Health Promotion section provides information on increasing physical activity for people with disabilities or other limitations.


Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation offers information specific to people living with paralysis. The foundation offer useful fact sheets with resource options by topic, by US state, by country.


National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability offers a range of fitness resources to help people with disabilities and other chronic health conditions to participate in all types of physical activities and adaptive equipment usage. The site offers a range of strengthening exercises, inclusive home workouts, yoga, etc. designed to be inclusive to people with disabilities. Their directory of equipment suppliers lists suppliers by state who offer fitness, recreation, or sports equipment designed for people who may need some adaptation or alteration to participate in the activity.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Patient Organization section offers a list of organizations that offer information and support services to specific stroke or neurological-related conditions. The list is focused on organizations that operate nationally.


Thurston County Medical Equipment Bank loans free medical equipment or supplies to people who cannot otherwise afford them. All equipment is lent to any person in need for as long as it is needed.

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Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CDC’s website includes information about vaccinations, world health concerns, infectious diseases (domestically and globally), and more.


Vaccines.gov provides information about vaccines and immunizations at different stages in life – infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. The website includes diseases that may be rare in the United States but common in PCV or RPCV traveled countries. The website also includes a list of state health departments for free and/or low-cost vaccines.


World Health Organization (WHO) operates worldwide to promote health, prevent communicable diseases, and coordinate health emergencies. The WHO’s website also offers health information by country or health information by health topic.

 

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Exercise and Fitness

Blind Alive’s Eyes-Free Fitness audio exercise programs enable stretching, strengthening, conditioning, and toning without needing visual capability. A team of fitness instructors, musicians, and audio editors provide a variety of exercise programs for people with limited vision or prefer non-visual instructions. All programs are free and available to be downloaded.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Disability and Health Promotion section provides information on increasing physical activity for people with disabilities or other limitations.


Center for Young Woman’s Health lists different stretches and strength training exercises.


National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability offers a range of fitness resources to help people with disabilities and other chronic health conditions to participate in all types of physical activities and adaptive equipment usage. The site offers a range of strengthening exercises, inclusive home workouts, yoga, etc. designed to be inclusive to people with disabilities. Their directory of equipment suppliers lists suppliers by state who offer fitness, recreation, or sports equipment designed for people who may need some adaptation or alteration to participate in the activity.


National Institute on Aging at NIH’s Go4Life program is an exercise and physical activity campaign designed to help older adults be more physically active in their daily lives. Their informational resources are also helpful to non-seniors who are looking to gently integrate more exercise and physical activity into their lives.


Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s provides evidence-based physical activity guidelines to maintain or improve health through physical activity.

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Food and Nutrition

Center for Young Woman’s Health offers health guides and information on a broad level of nutrition and health topics ranging from food facts to food allergies.


Foodsafety.gov’s FoodKeeper App identifies how long different food and beverages can be safely stored. The App also identifies which items need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer and how long it is safe to consume after it has been opened.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Nutrition Tools and Resources section offers printable information about nutrition basics, meal planning, grocery shopping, and more.


National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements offers a collection of fact sheets and other resources about dietary supplements and their ingredients. The listed supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals, probiotics, and more.


SuperCook offers recipes based on the ingredients that you already have. You select from the list of ingredients and SuperCook offers a list of matching recipes from the most popular cooking websites.


U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FoodData Central tool displays expanded nutrient profiles on different foods. The tool also offer links to related agricultural and experimental research data.


U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrition.gov website offers credible information on making healthful eating choices. Information includes strategies for healthy weight loss, healthy budget recipes, easy-to-print handouts, and more.


U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s section on Dietary Supplements provides information on selected dietary supplements products, ingredients, and other substances. The site also includes alerts and consumer fact sheets as well as the complaint process.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Health

American Psychological Association’s Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity provides health information and resources specific to the distinct LGBT populations affected by health disparities.


Asian Health Services’s LGBTQ Glossary contains health terms specific to the LGBTQ community. The glossary is offered in English with Burmese, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese language translations and audio transcriptions.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Services lists health clinics with a focus on LGBT health services by state and city.


Los Angeles LGBT Center is a federally-qualified center that provides a range of services including health and mental healthcare focused on the LGBTQ community. Some of the additional services include transitional living programs, education programs, support options, addiction recovery services, and more. The center’s resource page offers a list of resources specific to the LGBTQ community.


MedlinePlus’s GLBT Health section offers a list of information and resources specific for the LGBT community. The info includes prevention and risks, journal articles, statistics and research, etc.


National LGBT Cancer Network Resource Library provides a collection of articles, reports, videos, training tools, webinars, fact sheets, etc. specific to the LGBT community. The library can be filtered by topics like breast cancer, fertility, health disparities, etc.

 

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Men’s Health

MedlinePlus’s Men’s Health section offers a list of information and resources on certain health conditions that only affect men or are more prevalent in men. The info includes prevention and risks, specific concerns (belly fat, testosterone, prostate, etc.) to men, statistics and research, etc.


National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s Men’s Health section offers resources and information unique or more common to men. The resource section includes information on ongoing men’s medical studies, safety alerts, etc.

 

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Mental Health

Asian Mental Health Collective offers an online mental health organizations directory that lists organizations across the USA focused on mental health for the Asian community. As recommended for all the organizations listed, be sure to research the listed health organizations directly before engagement.


Black Men Heal offers a limited number of free mental health sessions to men of color by qualified therapists of color who donate/volunteer their services.


Black Mental Wellness offer resources like facts sheets on mental and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective. Topics include ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Traumatic Brain Injury, etc.


MedlinePlus’s Mental Health section offers an overview of mental health identification and needs. The website also includes a section on Mental Health Illnesses and Disorders for information on conditions, tests, treatments, and therapies.


Mentalhealth.gov provides information about mental illness including what to look for and where to find help.


Mental Health America’s online mental health tests helps determine whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Tests include Depression, Postpartum, Anxiety, Psychosis, Bipolar, Eating Disorders, PTSD, etc.


Mental Health America’s Latinx/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health section offers information specific to the Hispanic community including mental health resources in Spanish.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers information about coping with traumatic events, understanding psychosis, finding treatment, joining a NIH study, and more. The NIMH also offers a set of brochures and fact sheets of helpful mental health information.


Office on Women’s Health’s section on Mental Health offers information about mental health specific to women. Topics include sleep, stress, depression, abuse, body image, menopause, pregnancy, and more.


Sidran Institute’s Help Desk offers free assistance in locating trauma resources to aid in the recovery from a traumatic situation. Their trauma resource database consists of therapists (specialists in PTSD), treatment centers, and survivor support groups. However, they highly recommend that you verify the credentials of any therapist or professional identified.

 

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Racial Groups/Ethnic Health

Indian Health Service offers information about programs included in the Indian Health Service Health Care system for American Indians and Alaska Natives.


Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health includes information on a variety of health topics – mental health, infectious disease, injury prevention, nutrition promotion and obesity, sexual and reproductive health, water insecurity, etc. – specific to the American Indian communities.


MedlinePlus’s African American’s Health section offers a list of information and resources specific for African Americans. The info includes prevention and risks, health services, statistics and research, etc.


MedlinePlus’s American Indian and Alaska Native’s Health section offers a list of information and resources specific for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The info includes prevention and risks, health services, statistics and research, etc.


MedlinePlus’s Asian American Health section offers a list of information and resources specific for Asians. The info includes prevention and risks, health services, statistics and research, etc.


MedlinePlus’s Hispanic American’s Health section offers a list of information and resources specific for Hispanics. The info includes prevention and risks, health services, statistics and research, etc.


MedlinePlus’s Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander’s Health section offers a list of information and resources specific for Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The info includes prevention and risks, health services, statistics and research, etc.


Office on Minority Health’s Knowledge Center Library has a collection of more than 60,000 documents, articles, media, etc. related to the health of different racial and ethnic populations. The collection includes materials in more than 40 different languages. Their research center offers technical assistance and capacity building services to health care agencies and organizations to increase their competencies.

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Women’s Health

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Patient Page includes information about women’s specific health issues. Topics include contraception, gynecologic problems, menopause, etc.


MedlinePlus’s Women’s Health section offers a list of information and resources certain health conditions that only affect women or are more prevalent in women. The info includes prevention and risks, specific concerns (breast diseases, menopause, reproduction hazards, etc.) to women, statistics and research, etc.


Office on Women’s Health (OWH) coordinates women’s health efforts across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OWH provides a range of health information by topic (health, diseases/conditions, reproduction, etc.) specific to women. OWH also offers materials by health topic, or materials by resources (videos, webinars, fact sheets, etc.).

 

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General Assistance and Information Resources

Health Safety and Alerts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Alert Network shares cleared information about public health incidents with public information officers, health practitioners, clinicians, and public health laboratories. This alert network appears to be focused on information within the USA.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travel Health Notices lists health notices and concerns by country or disease. These notices include disease outbreaks, special gatherings, natural disasters, etc. in international destinations.


Foodsafety.gov’s FoodKeeper App identifies how long different food and beverages can be safely stored. The App also identifies which items need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer and how long it is safe to consume after it has been opened.


U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch publishes safety alerts for FDA regulated products including prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, medical devices, food, nutritional products, etc.


Vaccines.gov provides information about vaccines and immunizations at different stages in life – infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. The website includes diseases that may be rare in the United States but common in PCV or RPCV traveled countries. The website also includes a list of state health departments for free and/or low-cost vaccines.


World Health Organization’s Disease Outbreak News section lists disease outbreaks and other public health events and emergencies in real time.

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Medical Assistance and Information

Drugs.com offers a range of information about drugs and conditions including methods to identify pills, side effects, etc. Also, they offer options to search for the drug name phonetically, by wildcard search, or by their common misspellings.


Hesperian Health Guides provides print and online informational health guides that are particularly useful where formal medical care may not be available.


Los Angeles LGBT Center is a federally-qualified center that provides a range of services including health and mental healthcare focused on the LGBTQ community. Some of the additional services include transitional living programs, education programs, support options, addiction recovery services, and more. The center’s resource page offers a list of resources specific to the LGBTQ community.


National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled is a free Braille and talking book library service. The information is provided through postage-free mail or instant download. The program also extends to Americans overseas.


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Data Warehouse has a Find a Health Center feature to locate HRSA-funded health centers by location. These listed health centers provide services regardless of patients’ ability to pay or will charge on a sliding fee scale.

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Prescription/Medication and Medical Supply Discounts

American Diabetes Association helps connect patients with resources to pay for insulin and diabetes medication.


Chicago Rx card is a free pre-activated option to save money on prescription medication. The card can be used by individuals or families regardless of the person’s health, age, immigration status, or income. Also, there are no limits on how often the card can be used.


GoodRx’s website lets you compare prices of different pharmacies. And, you can get receive/print free coupons for savings on prescription medication. Many of these coupons can be applied to insurance co-pay amounts.


Healthwell Foundation helps the under-insured afford critical medical treatments and provides financial assistance to cover the cost of prescription drug coinsurance, copayments, deductibles, health insurance premiums, and other selected out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Eligibility is based on medical, financial, and insurance expectations as well as being treated for a disease that they cover.


Lilly Cares Foundation helps qualifying patients in the United States obtain Lilly medications at no cost through their patient assistance program.


Medicare’s website lets you search through a list of states and the U.S. Virgin Islands with state-sponsored programs that help with paying drug plan premiums and/or other drug costs. Obviously, you would need to be eligible for Medicare to participate.


National Organization for Rare Disorders lists assistance programs to help patients with certain rare disorders to obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford.


NeedyMed’s directory offers a list of state-sponsored (or local/county) programs that assists with medical care, prescription costs, medical supplies, disease screening, etc.


New York City’s BigAppleRx is the City of New York’s official no-cost discount card for prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, medical supplies, and more. There are no eligibility requirements. And, the card is available to anyone living in, working in, or visiting New York City.


RxAssist’s directory contains a list of pharmaceutical manufacturers that directly offer Patient Assistance Programs. These programs are designed for drug makers to directly help patients who cannot afford the cost of their prescription medication. Search the RxAssist database by the brand drug name or the generic drug name to identify the manufacturer.


RxHope’s directory contains a list of pharmaceutical manufacturers that directly offer Patient Assistance Programs. These programs are designed for drug makers to directly help patients who cannot afford the cost of their prescription medication. Search the RxHope database by the brand drug name or the generic drug name to identify the manufacturer.


Script Hero helps locate cash prices for prescriptions from pharmacies within their network. In many instances, paying out-of-pocket prices which could be less than the insurance negotiated prices. Search by medication and pharmacy.


Singlecare offers discounted cash pricing for prescription medication at participating pharmacies. There are no fees, no claim forms, no deductibles, no eligibility requirements, and no insurance required. Enter the information to receive the price coupon. In many instances, paying out-of-pocket prices which could be less than the insurance negotiated prices. 


The Assistance Fund helps with high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles, and other health-related expenses. Covered diagnoses changes so check their website for current funding.

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Support and Reference Services

Addiction Treatment

211 is a comprehensive source of locally curated social services information across the USA and most of Canada. Search online or call for help 24/7 to receive free and confidential information and referrals in a specific location. The service identifies health, human and social service organizations to help with a wide range of local support services including mental health support, vaccinations information, supplemental food/nutrition programs, shelter, employment, abuse support, etc.

211 United Way Canada’s website provides information about social services specifically in Canada.


National Cancer Institute’s Smokefree website helps smokers find information and assistance to help with the immediate and long-term needs of trying to quit smoking.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Alcohol Treatment Navigator helps search for alcohol treatment options to increase the chance for success in overcoming alcohol abuse.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website FindTreatment.gov locates substance misuse and mental health treatment facilities by city or zip code. The site also offers information to better understanding addiction and mental health issues and their treatment options. There is also a separate search option for opioid treatment programs by state.

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Financial and Equipment Needs

211 is a comprehensive source of locally curated social services information across the USA and most of Canada. Search online or call for help 24/7 to receive free and confidential information and referrals in a specific location. The service identifies health, human and social service organizations to help with a wide range of local support services including mental health support, vaccinations information, supplemental food/nutrition programs, shelter, employment, abuse support, etc.

211 United Way Canada’s website provides information about social services specifically in Canada.


Benefits.gov helps narrow down federal benefits and assistance programs from the over 1,000 potential federal and state programs through the Benefit Finder tool. The instructional video follows a user searching search for healthcare and medical assistance programs.


Healthwell Foundation helps the under-insured afford critical medical treatments and provides financial assistance to cover the cost of prescription drug coinsurance, copayments, deductibles, health insurance premiums, and other selected out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Eligibility is based on medical, financial, and insurance expectations as well as being treated for a disease that they cover.


National Center for Mobility Management’s interactive map lists organizations by state with programs that offer volunteer transportation.


National Organization for Rare Disorders lists assistance programs to help patients with certain rare disorders get life-saving or life-sustaining prescription medication, financial assistance with insurance premiums and co-pays, diagnostic testing assistance, and travel assistance to clinical trials or consults with specialists.


NeedyMed’s directory offers a list of state-sponsored (or local/county) programs that assists with medical care, prescription costs, medical supplies, disease screening, etc.


Pink Lotus Foundation offers free breast cancer screenings and treatments for women who are underserved, underinsured, or under a financial hardship. They provide financial aid so beneficiaries can obtain free breast cancer screenings, diagnosis, treatment, and support.


Thurston County Medical Equipment Bank loans out medical equipment and/or supplies to people who cannot afford to purchase their own. The equipment is loaned out for free for as long as it is needed. They request the equpment to be returned afterwards to distribute to others. They also accept donations of certain equipment and supplies.

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Medical Situations and Emotional Support

211 is a comprehensive source of locally curated social services information across the USA and most of Canada. Search online or call for help 24/7 to receive free and confidential information and referrals in a specific location. The service identifies health, human and social service organizations to help with a wide range of local support services including mental health support, vaccinations information, supplemental food/nutrition programs, shelter, employment, abuse support, etc.

211 United Way Canada’s website provides information about social services specifically in Canada.


American Heart Association’s Support Network helps patients receive support for heart-related conditions like Stroke, Congenital Heart Defect, Cardiac Arrhythmia, etc. and to regain independence.


LGBT National Help Center offers free confidential support, resources, and information by trained LGBTQ peer support volunteers.


National Center for Mobility Management’s interactive map lists organizations by state with programs that offer volunteer transportation.


National LGBT Cancer Project’s Out With Cancer program offers an online support group community that is committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors. Services include peer-to-peer support, patient navigation, education, and advocacy. Many of the volunteer oncologists, social workers, and psychologists are cancer survivors themselves or have family members who are.


National Organization for Rare Disorders lists assistance programs to help patients with certain rare disorders get life-saving or life-sustaining prescription medication, financial assistance with insurance premiums and co-pays, diagnostic testing assistance, and travel assistance to clinical trials or consults with specialists.


Pink Lotus Foundation offers free breast cancer screenings and treatments for women who are underserved, underinsured, or under a financial hardship. They provide financial aid so beneficiaries can obtain free breast cancer screenings, diagnosis, treatment, and support.


Sidran Institute’s Help Desk offers free assistance in locating trauma resources to aid in the recovery from a traumatic situation. Their trauma resource database consists of therapists (specialists in PTSD), treatment centers, and survivor support groups. However, they highly recommend that you verify the credentials of any therapist or professional identified.


The Loft Community Center’s Discussions About Cancer program is an LGBT+ peer support and social program for LGBT+ and allied communities to come together and support one another on cancer-specific topics.


WomenHeart is the first national patient-centered organization dedicated to women with heart disease. Their HeartSisters Online program is led by women heart disease survivors who provide much needed support for other women living with heart disease. They have peer-to-peer support matching as well as an online community for emotional support.

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Mental Health Crisis Support

211 is a comprehensive source of locally curated social services information across the USA and most of Canada. Search online or call for help 24/7 to receive free and confidential information and referrals in a specific location. The service identifies health, human and social service organizations to help with a wide range of local support services including mental health support, vaccinations information, supplemental food/nutrition programs, shelter, employment, abuse support, etc.

211 United Way Canada’s website provides information about social services specifically in Canada.


Crisis Text Line connects texters with a human Crisis Counselor trained to listen and help with problem solving. This resource is available 24/7 from anywhere in the USA, Canada, or UK.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers various peer-to-peer programs including education classes and connections to support groups. The NAMI helpline is a free nationwide peer-support service providing information, referrals, and support options for people living with mental health conditions and their caregivers.


National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network’s Mental Health Fund provides Queer and Trans People of Color financial support for mental health therapy with a psychotherapist.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free confidential support 24/7 to help those in emotional distress with prevention and crisis resources. They are committed to improving crisis services and empowering individuals. And, their site includes a section for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to connect with them.


Native American Connections offers an outpatient treatment center and residential treatment for behavioral health services by combining evidence-based treatment practices with Native American healing and ceremonies.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website FindTreatment.gov locates substance misuse and mental health treatment facilities by city or zip code. The site also offers information to better understanding addiction and mental health issues and their treatment options. There is also a separate search option for opioid treatment programs by state.


Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service’s Crisisline offers free confidential counseling 24/7. The services are also available in Spanish and Asian languages as well as through TTY.

 

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Other/General Support Resources

211 is a comprehensive source of locally curated social services information across the USA and most of Canada. Search online or call for help 24/7 to receive free and confidential information and referrals in a specific location. The service identifies health, human and social service organizations to help with a wide range of local support services including mental health support, vaccinations information, supplemental food/nutrition programs, shelter, employment, abuse support, etc.

211 United Way Canada’s website provides information about social services specifically in Canada.


Federal Communications Commission’s Telecommunications Relay Services Directory lists the contact information for providers of telecommunications relay services.


National Center for Mobility Management’s interactive map lists organizations by state with programs that offer volunteer transportation.


Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) works to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and bring perpetrators to justice.


WomensLaw.org searches for domestic violence programs, shelters, and legal assistance organizations. They also list options of where to file for an order of protection.

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