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Health Resources

HEALTH INFORMATION
LOCAL RESOURCESINFO ALLEY
Free resource center at Miami Children's Hospital to help families understand their children's medical conditions.
Open weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
3100 SW 62nd Ave., Miami
305-666-6511 ext 3344.

AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
www.fdhc.state.fl.us
Florida governmental agency that monitors hospital costs and other statistics.

STATE CENTER FOR FLORIDA HEALTH STATISTICS
www.floridahealthfinder.gov
Compiles comprehensive health information, patient bill of rights, health links and more.

NATIONAL/STATE RESOURCESAMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
www.aap.org
News, policy statements and advice from the nation's largest organization of pediatricians.
847-434-4000

CHILD HEALTH INFORMATION ONLINE
www.kidshealth.com
Reliable, easy-to-read information about child health concerns. Sponsored by the Nemours Foundation.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
www.nih.gov
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
301-496-4000

U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVETION
www.cdc.gov
Information about everything from Avian Fluto workplace safety.
800-311-3435 and 404-639-3534

Poison Control
Poisons are not just those substances under thesink with the skull-and-crossbones on the label. All kinds of products can be dangerous to kids. For instance, a large amount of mouthwash can kill a small child because of the high alcohol content.
- Accidents occur in even the most careful of families, and when they do, don't assume that forcing your child to throw up is the correct course of action. This could make the matter worse.
- You must call your doctor or the poison control center right away if you suspect poisoning. Do not give your child anything to eat or drink before calling the center.
- Do not wait until your child begins to look or feel sick before calling the center.
- Also, remember that poisoning does not occur only through swallowing. Poisons can also be inhaled, absorbed through the skin or exposed to the eyes.
FLORIDA POISON INFORMATION CENTER
www.aapcc.org
800-222-1222
RARE DISORDERS
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR RARE DISORDERS
www.rarediseases.org
Nonprofit federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and directing them to organizations that can assist them. Database includes more than 2,000 patient organizations and sources of help.
800-999-6673 / 203-744-0100

REFERRALS TO DOCTORS/SPECIALISTS
Many hospitals offer referrals to doctors who practice at their hospitals. Check with the hospital of your choice, or ask for guidance from your pediatrician, a trusted health-care provider or your health-care insurance plan.
888-419-3456

FLORIDA HEALTH CARE COALITION
www.fhcc.com
Addresses the quality of health care in Florida.
4401 Vineland Rd Suite A-10, Orlando
407-425-9500

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