Local Community Services and Agencies
Children's Health Organizations
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy Child Care America
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Bright Futures
- Medline Plus: Children & Teenagers - Information on Health, Safety, and Nutrition from the National Library of Medicine
- Medline Plus: Niños y Adolescentes
- National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care & Early Education
- California Childcare Health Program
- Head Start: Health
- Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion - from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Children's Health & the Built Environment - from the Center for Disease Control
Other Health Websites
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - from the National Institute of Health
- Virtual Dental Project - Information about dental cleaning & care in community centers. From the University of the Pacific
- Forum on Alternative and Innovative Therapies - maintained by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.
- Kid's Health - from the Nemour's Center for Children's Health Media
- Medical Dictionaries: InteliHealth
- Medical Dictionaries: Medicine.Net
- Ask Dr. Sears
- Dr. Greene
Santa Cruz County
- Community Information Database - from the Santa Cruz Public Library
- Santa Cruz County Scorecard - statistics on children's well-being in Santa Cruz County from ChildrenNow.org
- County of Santa Cruz government website
- Comunity Action Board of Santa Cruz - including The Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County; Gemma - women's re-entry program; the Shelter Project, and more
- Community Bridges - Puentes de la Comunidad - local community agencies
- Santa Cruz County Health Services: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County
- Walnut Avenue Womens Center
- Food for Children - from Second Harvest Food Bank
- Parent/Child Activity Groups - from the Santa Cruz Public Library
- Dientes - oral health services for under-served children and adults in Santa Cruz County
APA Citation Websites
For Websites consider...
Consider the source--Use recognized authorities. Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality--All Web sites are not created equal. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?
Be a cyberskeptic--Quackery abounds on the Web. Does the site make health claims that seem too good to be true? Does the information use deliberately obscure, "scientific" sounding language? Does it promise quick, dramatic, miraculous results? Is this the only site making these claims?
Look for the evidence--Rely on research, not opinion. Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency--Look for the latest information Is the information current?
Beware of bias--What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?
Source: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2013