Online Health Tools
CHRC Health Information Search
Unlike a search on google.com, a CHRC Health Information Search using this Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) will provide results from only those websites pre-selected by the CHRC staff of educators and specialists. Websites searched by this Google CSE are selected because they provide reputable, unbiased, evidence-based consumer health information. Enter your question or health topic below to find CHRC-vetted results.
Information obtained from the CHRC Health Information Search is meant to assist you in achieving a greater understanding of general health issues, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Your specific health questions should continue to be directed to your physician. We do not recommend any particular treatment option. Information obtained from the CHRC Health Information Search should not be construed as having the endorsement of the Community Health Resource Center or of Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Note: If you are experiencing any difficulties using this tool, please contact the CHRC at 650-934-7380.
- Susan G. Komen - Review this web page from Susan G Komen that has interactive tools on breast cancer and treatment navigation.
- Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk - Use this tool from Bright Pink to assess your personal risk level for breast cancer.
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Community Health Resource Center
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Community ResourcesWe have an extensive online resource for people looking for community resources. It is called Aunt Bertha and is a collaboration created by our Innovation Center.
Aunt Bertha is free to all individuals and organizations and is supported as a community benefit by PAMF. It helps community members, patients, care teams, and social workers find local, personally relevant listings of community resources and services.
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- American Heart Association
The Heart of Diabetes - Living with diabetes can be overwhelming because of the lifestyle changes needed to manage it. These free tools from the American Heart Association can assist you in reaching your treatment goals and better manage diabetes.
- American Diabetes Association
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test - This interactive tool from the American Diabetes Association will help you determine your risk for diabetes.
- Did you know that 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes and another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Review this web page from PAMF which provides a variety of self-management tools including handouts and links to informative organizations and resources to help you make healthy changes and manage diabetes.
E-Books Through Your Public Library
Enki is a new FREE eBook Platform created by libraries in California with great content purchased from indie publishers. To gain access and check out books please contact your local CHRC or Request Library Access.
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- The Anatomy of Blood Pressure, an interactive tool from the American Heart Association. Understanding the anatomy of the heart and the cardiovascular system can help you understand why managing your blood pressure is important. You can learn about it on this web page from the American Heart Association.
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Risk Assessment (Heart Rhythm Society) - Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen quickly and without warning. Learn what your risk factors are from the Heart Rhythm Society.
- Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease each year. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Review this web page from the CDC link opens in a new window for tips on ways to take control of your heart health.
- Learn to recognize the signs of a stroke with this video from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke link opens in a new window.
- Did you know that the number of people with the Alzheimer's and other dementias has soared to nearly 50 million worldwide? If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, you are not alone in this. Review this web page from the Alzheimer's Association, one of the many resources available for reliable information, education and support for those affected by the disease.
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- Build your healthy food plan with this MyPlate Checklist Calculator.
Use the SuperTracker Tool to receive personalized activity and nutrition plans. Track what you eat and your activities to see how they stack up, and get tips and support to help you make healthy choices.
Keep your family healthy this summer with 5210 Numbers to Live By! The 5210 program is part of Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Youth Nutrition Program currently implemented in more than 20 Bay Area schools. The program features a healthy eating, active living message to teach children and parents about leading a balanced lifestyle. For more information, visit our 5210 Youth Nutrition Program page.
- Learn about the Nutrition Facts Label — An interactive tool from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
- What's Cooking? USDA — Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren't getting enough.
Healthy eating habits help you feel good and have energy in your life. Evidence shows that choosing a variety of foods across and within all food groups helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
- ACPA (American Chronic Pain Association) Communications Tools
The ACPA (American Chronic Pain Association) Communications Tools can help you talk more productively with your health care provider or pharmacist. You also may find them useful in identifying patterns in your daily life that have an impact on your pain. When you understand your personal pain triggers, you can deal with them more proactively.
- Advance Health Care Directive
- Alzheimer's Toolkit
- End-of-Life Care: Should I Have Artificial Hydration and Nutrition?
- End-of-Life Care: Should I Receive CPR and Life Support?
- End-of-Life Care: Should I Stop Kidney Dialysis?
- End-of-Life Care: Should I Stop Treatment that Prolongs My Life?
- Long-Term Care
Just beginning to think about Long Term Care? Use this tool from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging to get the information most relevant and useful to you now.
- Learn about developmental milestones and test your knowledge with this quiz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Read our guide for college-age children: Tips for a Healthy Transition to College Opens in new window (PDF)
- Milestones in Action link opens in a new window
- Watch the video presentation: Sleep and Your Child
Being active is an important part of staying healthy, regardless of your age. It may also lower your risk for certain types of cancer. Use the Get Active online tools web page from the American Cancer Society for suggestions to help you get and stay active.
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SaferProducts.gov is the publicly available Consumer Product Safety Information Database website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Through the website, users can submit and/or view reports of harm involving consumer products.
Getting a regular checkup from your doctor is important to your health. Your safety is important, too. Take the National Safety Council’s Safety Checkup to get your personal Safety Snapshot. Know your risks and learn how you can prevent injuries to yourself and your family.
Summer Safety Tips: Staying Safe Outdoors
There are many things we can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. Review these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to stay safe this summer. Back to top
Did you know there is a link between HPV and cervical cancer? Click here to learn more.
Explore three evidence-based interactive online resources to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, getting testing, living with HIV/AIDS and more. Visit PAMF HIV/AIDS Online Tools for Education
Did you know that a vaccine and regular screening can help prevent cervical cancer? Each year 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. The good news is that cervical cancer can be prevented by having your preteen (boys and girls) vaccinated against HPV and by getting regular screening (Pap) tests to help detect any abnormal cells early. Review this web page link opens in a new window for tips on how to prevent cervical cancer.
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Did you know that you can take steps to break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier and healthier? Not all stress is bad. But chronic (ongoing) stress can lead to health problems. Preventing and managing chronic stress can lower your risk for serious conditions like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. Review this web page link opens in a new window for tips on how to manage stress and relaxation techniques.
Use the e-CHUG (electronic check-up to go) tool to examine and receive feedback on your own beliefs and behaviors related to alcohol use.
Read our guide for college-age children: Tips for a Healthy Transition to College Opens in new window (PDF).
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VaccinationsHealth Maintenance — Did you know that immunizations can prevent serious and sometimes deadly diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia? We all need immunizations (also called vaccinations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, it is important to know which immunizations you need and when to get them. View this PAMF resource for information on immunizations.
HPV Vaccine Protects Against Cancer, YouTube Video from the CDC - Visit the CDC Vaccine Website to test your knowledge and find more information on how to protect yourself and your family with recommended immunizations.
Download the CDC's TravlWell App for vaccine information and healthy travel tips.
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For videos on adult exercise and nutrition visit the Sutter "Live Well for Life Video Library"