Essential Service 3 – Inform, Educate, Empower

Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues

National Health Observance Dates

National Health Observance Dates Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. This planning guide developed by the National Health Information Center lists national health observances, along with the sponsoring organizations and information about supporting materials that will be available.

Link to health information resources

Portal to the Web sites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the US DHHS and other Federal departments and agencies.

What is Public Health?

The Public Health toolkit serves as a resource for anyone who is interested in educating others about public health issues or the field of public health. The materials include public health messages to educate residents about the important role public health plays in protecting their lives and their well being.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services, The Task Force on Community Preventive Services

National evidence-based public health guidelines The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) serves as a filter for scientific literature on specific health problems that can be large, inconsistent, uneven in quality, and even inaccessible. The Community Guide summarizes what is known about the effectiveness, economic efficiency, and feasibility of interventions to promote community health and prevent disease. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services makes recommendations for the use of various interventions based on the evidence gathered in the rigorous and systematic scientific reviews of published studies conducted by the review teams of the Community Guide. The findings from the reviews are published in peer-reviewed journals and also made available on this Internet website.

Healthy Living information

CDC online source for health information and tools.

Steps to a Healthier US

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is an initiative that advances the goals of the Let’s Move Campaign. Devoted to working with the private sector, PHA’s goal is to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. This site provides credible, accurate information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives.


An encyclopedia of over 1,600 health topics from the most trusted sources and interactive tools to check your health, get personalized advice, and keep track of your progress.

Public Health Image Gallery

A web resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that provides public health related photos, illustrations and videos.