Helpful Links 2018-09-25T01:22:20+00:00

Helpful Links

The following materials are tools and resources clinicians may find useful for their practice, patient education materials for clinicians to share with patients in order to provide further education and resources on health topics, and evidenced-based guidelines used in updating the adult preventive care guidelines.

Antibiotics Use Poster: Facts about when and how to safely use antibiotics.

Evidence-Based Management of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections: This web page provides an algorithm that is derived from clinical practice guidelines for the assessment of pneumonia and respiratory tract infections.

Tips for Talking to Patients about Viral Respiratory Infection: A step-by-step guide to improving patient satisfaction when antibiotics are not indicated.

Choosing Wisely: Antibiotics: Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine, overviews the correct and incorrect use of antibiotics.

Antibiotic Use: This web page provides treatment and care information for the common cold, flu, and bronchitis.

American Academy of Pediatrics’ Tips for Parents: Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs and Adolescents: The American Academy of Pediatrics gives an overview of key points that should be emphasized when talking to your child about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs with children.

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline: This web page provides substance abuse information and an education helpline.

Prescription Drop Box Locations: The MA Department of Public Health compiled a list of places where Massachusetts residents can safely dispose of unused prescription medications.

Autism Resources: Prepared by the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, this document outlines resources for health care providers and parents about autism resources in Massachusetts.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American New England Chapter: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s New England Chapter serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The AAFA assists thousands live safer and healthier lives by assisting adult patients manage their asthma and allergies.

New England Regional Asthma Council: This web page serves as the official website of the Asthma Regional Council of New England.

CDC: National Asthma Control Program: The CDC’s National Asthma Control Program helps Americans with asthma achieve better health and improved quality of life.

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program provides guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

Bright Futures Pediatric Symptom Checklist with Instructions for Scoring: This Pediatric Symptom Checklist is designed to facilitate the recognition of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems via youth self-report so interventions can be initiated as early as possible.

Bright Futures in Practice: Mental HealthBright Futures in Practice: Mental Health is a two-volume set presenting information on early recognition and intervention for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and providing a toolkit for health professionals and families to use for screening, care management, and health education.

CRAFFT Card Screening Tool: The CRAFFT is a behavioral health management tool developed to screen adolescents for high risk alcohol and other drug use disorders.

The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Supporting Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care: This article discusses the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project, a program that provides psychiatric and clinical guidance to primary care providers treating children with mental health problems.

Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2): Do You Have Major Depression?: The PHQ-2 inquires about the frequency of depressed mood and anhedonia over the past two weeks. The PHQ-2 includes the first two items of the PHQ-9.

Patient Health Questionnaire for Depression Screening (PHQ-9) with Instructions for Scoring: This link provides a questionnaire for depression screening.

How’s Your Child’s Mental Health?: The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) offers information, advocacy, and support for families with children who have mental health needs through the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PAL).

AAP Press Release: Recommendation to Screen 9-11 Year Old Children for Cholesterol: Physicians now recommend that all children from the ages of 9 to 11 should be screened for cholesterol as risk factors present in childhood can greatly increase the likelihood a child will suffer from heart disease as an adult.

Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents: This summary report provides information from an expert panel on integrated guidelines for cardiovascular health and risk reduction in children and adolescents.

CDC MyPlate: The United States Department of Agriculture offers the current nutrition guide with helpful materials to guide dietary and physical activity decisions.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator: BMI is a measure of body fat based on height. This web page provides a portal for you to calculate your BMI and provides categories for underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition provides special supplemental nutrition programs for women, infants, and children.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-Child): Childhelp’s goal is to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.

CDC: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: The CDC defines intimate partner violence as current and former spouses and dating partners existing along a continuum from a single episode of violence to ongoing battering.

Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence: Consensus for Recommendations for Child and Adolescent Health: This guideline offers  specific recommendations for assessing and responding to domestic violence in child health settings.

National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE): The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.

Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Massachusetts Domestic Violence Programs: Jane Doe Inc. is a coalition of 60 local member programs working together with allies to find lasting solutions that support victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Massachusetts Health Care Proxy Information, Instructions, and Form: The Health Care Proxy is a document, legally valid in Massachusetts, which allows you to name an agent to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make or communicate those decisions.

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years: The CDC provides a list of recommended immunizations for persons aged 0 through 18 years.

CDC: Recommended Immunizations Guidelines for Adults: The CDC provides the 2015 list of recommended immunizations for adults by age.

Maternal Vaccines: A Part of a Healthy Pregnancy: The CDC provides information about immunizations before, during, and after pregnancy.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) was established for the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of lead poisoning.

Lung Cancer CT Screening: Is it Right for Me?  This is a list of common questions and answers about screening for lung cancer using at CT-scan.

Definition of a Pack Year: A pack year is a way to measure how much a person has smoked over his or her lifetime.

The Mediatrician Blog: Michael Rich, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and The Harvard School of Public Health is “The Mediatrician”. This web page acts as a service that provides science-based answers and practical solutions that advise parents and help children use media in ways that enrich their development.

American Academy of Family Physicians Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth: This web page reviews common dental hygiene questions and instructs parents on how to best care for their child’s teeth.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health List of Communities Receiving Water Fluoridation: A list of 140 Massachusetts public water systems receiving water fluoridation.

Oral Fluoride Community Fact Sheet: This web page serves as a fact sheet for oral health and community water fluoridation in Massachusetts.

Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool: This web page provides risk and protective factors, clinical findings, and an assessment/plan regarding oral health.

The National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center: The mission of this organization is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues.

WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX): The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) provides a fracture risk assessment in order to make informed treatment decisions regarding osteoporosis.

Guidelines for School and Community Programs to Promote Lifelong Physical Activity Among Young People: The CDC offers guidelines for school and community programs in order to promote lifelong physical activity among young people.

How Much Physical Activity Do Your Children Need?: The CDC outlines the amount of aerobic activity, muscle strengthening, and bone strengthening children need.

Making Physical Activity Part of an Older Adult’s Life: The CDC overviews the importance of physical activity and exercise strategies to keep in mind for older adults.


Boston Association for Childbirth Education’s Nursing Mothers Council: BACE’s mission is to make pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting an informed and satisfying experience by providing emotional support, community service, education, and advocacy.

La Leche League: La Leche League of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont is part of La Leche League International, an organization dedicated to providing support and information to women who choose to breastfeed.

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition: The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition provides support, information, and current news on breastfeeding.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition provides special supplemental nutrition programs for women, infants, and children.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding: Why it is important?; US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’ Health: This guide outlines the psychological, nutritional, financial, and overall health benefits for mother and baby provided by breastfeeding.

Postpartum Support

MCPAP for Moms: MCPAP for Moms promotes maternal and child health by buidling the capacity of providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to one year after delivery to effectviely prevent, identify, and manage depression.

Postpartum Support International (PSI): Massachusetts: This page lists the PSI coordinators and other resources such as groups, telephone support, and reliable services that are available for no charge.

Prenatal Development

March of Dimes: Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait: In response to an increase in preterm birth, the March of Dimes and the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute has collaborated with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to launch an innovative, community-based preterm birth prevention initiative called Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.


Is Your Doctor Ordering Too Many Ultrasounds?: This blog post is about how many ultrasounds a woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy should receive.

American Academy of Pediatrics Parents’ Guide to Safe Sleep: A parents’ guide to reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Safety Counseling in Office Practice: The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a guide to safety counseling in office practice.

CDC: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults: A checklist for older adults with an aim to prevent falling in the home.

HEADS UP: The CDC website has resources for parents, healthcare providers, schools, and coaches about how to recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy on Injury and Violence Free Living: The Surgeon General outlines way to reduce the most frequent causes of injury and violence, which will improve the physical and emotional health of all Americans and their communities.

American Academy of Pediatrics 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs: The American Academy of Pediatrics made a position statement in 2007 regarding principles and guidelines for early hearing detection and intervention programs.

Massachusetts Health and Human Services School Health Screenings Guide: The MA Department of Health and Human Services offers a list of necessary school health screenings.

American Academy of Family Physicians Homosexuality: Facts for Teens: The web page provides facts for teens regarding homosexuality.

CDC: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Health: The CDC provides information on difficulties LGBTQ youth are more likely to experience than their heterosexual peers.

Parent and Guardian Resources: Help Your Teen Make Healthy Choices About Sex: This web page offers resources for parents and guardians for finding information and tops to help talk with teens about sex, birth control, relationships, pregnancy, and other related topics.

CDC: HIV Screening Recommendations for Adults and Adolescents: The CDC offers recommendations for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing.

HPV Vaccine Resources for Clinicians: CDC and partners recommend HPV vaccination of both girls and boys at ages 11 or 12 years and suggest that clinicians strongly recommend HPV vaccination for preteens and teens who have not yet been fully vaccinated.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Fact Sheets: The CDC’s fact sheets for the most common STIs in multiple languages.

Melanoma Signs and Symptoms: This page reviews the ABCDEs of checking for melanoma: asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving.

Five A’s for Smoking Cession Interventions: Outlines the five major steps to for smoking cession intervention; Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.

Quitworks: An overview of Quitworks, a program that links patients who want to quit smoking to the full range of the state’s tobacco treatment services.

Quitworks for Patients: This web page offers quit-smoking medicine and free counseling to improve your chances of quitting smoking.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Car Seat Safety: This website outlines the importance of car seats and a gives a list of car seat and safety seat manufacturers.

MA Child Passenger Safety: An overview of the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program, including information about locations for child safety seat installation assistance, dates of upcoming technician certification courses, and printable handcards in English and Spanish.

CDC National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine: The CDC assists travelers in preparing, detection, and control of infectious diseases.

Parent-Teen Driving Contract: The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer an online contract for parents and teenagers to sign. The document holds that the teenager will agree to follow all driving rules and restrictions outlined by the document and the parent will promise to drive safely and act as a driving exemplar. US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: The Department of Transportation outlines recalls, safety technologies, complaints and defects, car seats, crash test ratings, and tire safety.

Seat Check (Child Safety Seats)SeatCheck is a national campaign helping parents properly secure their children in motor vehicles.

Teen Driving Fact Sheet: This web page provides data regarding teen driving incidents.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: This is the official website of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

American Academy of Family Physicians: This is the official website of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

American Cancer Society: This is the official website of the American Cancer Society.

American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology : This is the official website of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The website provides information for women’s health care physicians.

American College of Physicians: This is the official website of the American College of Physicians.

CDC: Office of the Associate Director for Policy – Prevention: The CDC provides a prevention checklist for preventive care in order to stay healthier through life.

CRICO Antenatal Care Guidelines: This webpage overviews antenatal care guidelines.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: This is the official website of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS).

National Guideline Clearinghouse: The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

United States Preventive Service Task Force: This web page provides recommendations for primary care practice reviewed by the US Preventive Services Task Force.