Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Data Center Description
The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS, http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/), National Library of Medicine (NLM), creates information resources and services in toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, and HIV/AIDS. One component of SIS, the Office of Outreach and Special Populations, assists special populations in obtaining health information via training, technology, and partnerships.
SIS's Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP, http://tox.nlm.nih.gov) produces TOXNET, a collection of toxicology and environmental health databases that includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB?), a database of potentially hazardous chemicals, TOXLINE? (containing references to the world's toxicology literature), and ChemIDplus? (a chemical dictionary and structure database). Haz-Map (http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov) links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. SIS also produces DIRLINE? (http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/), a directory of organizations and other resources in health and biomedicine.
Some SIS products help to address the toxicology and environmental health information needs of the general public. One such resource is Tox Town (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/), an interactive guide to toxic chemicals and environmental health issues in everyday locations. It is a companion to the extensive information in the TOXNET collection of databases. Tox Town also offers some resources in Spanish (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/).
SIS coordinates many of NLM's HIV/AIDS (http://aids.nlm.nih.gov) information activities and its web site provides access to a comprehensive list of resources within and outside of NLM. It collaborates with other agencies to produce AIDSinfo (http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/), the primary Department of Health and Human Services web site for federally approved treatment guidelines, clinical trials, drug, and vaccine information.
The Office of Outreach and Special Populations manages several programs including the Environmental Health Information Outreach Program with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a project to improve access to health-related disaster information in Central America, projects to improve access to HIV/AIDS information resources by community-based organizations, and targeted web sites like Asian American Health (http://asianamericanhealth.nlm.nih.gov/) and Arctic Health (http://arctichealth.nlm.nih.gov/).
For additional information, contact: Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine, Phone: 301- 496-1131 (local and international), Toll Free: 1-888-FINDNLM E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org