In today’s world, there are so many sources of information. At HOPE, we believe that education is power so we encourage you to learn as much as you can about any condition you or someone you love may be facing. Please feel free to ask your HOPE providers ANY questions you have about your treatment, care, and wellness. If you wish to do research online, we recommend the following websites. Please note: while helpful, visiting a website should never take the place of visiting your provider. We recommend you refer to these resources to learn more about healthy living, symptoms that need medical attention, or to learn more about a specific diagnosis or course of treatment after you see your provider or specialist.
BABY FORMULA RESOURCES
The Tennessee Department of Health has created and distributed information concerning the current formula shortage.
We have a general landing page with a lot of information, including nutritionally equivalent formula substitution. Many caregivers are not aware that they can substitute their usual formula with several other options, especially if the infants are otherwise healthy.
American Academy of Pediatrics posted a great blog "What should I do if I can't find formula?" with helpful information including where to look, when to think about substituting cow's milk and solids, safety tips, etc
Encouraging breastfeeding by providing breastfeeding and pumping accommodations for women who can breastfeed is especially needed now.
GENERAL HEALTH INFORMATION
WebMD is a trustworthy and user-friendly website providing a wealth of information on a variety of health and wellness topics including active healthy living, disease symptoms and treatment, information about specific medications and drug interactions, and more!
Mayoclinic.com is a website for patients and their families designed by the Mayo Clinic – one of the most respected medical facilities in the United States of America. The website features comprehensive, patient-friendly information about numerous diseases and conditions as well as a helpful symptom checker for children and adults.
NIH.gov is the health information website of the National Institute of Health. This is an excellent resource for clear information on health topics including diseases and conditions, healthy relationships, health and wellness practices, quitting smoking, losing weight, tips on communicating with your doctor, clinical trials, complementary and integrative medicine, nutrition supplements, and more.
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE RESOURCES
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
The National Institute of Mental Health is the official resource for information and resources pertaining to Mental Health treatment in the United States.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the official resource for information and treatment for the abuse of alcohol and other drugs with many free publications available for download.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
National Alliance on Mental Illness is a mental health self-help resource for both family’s and individuals with accurate information about common mental health disorders.
MENTAL HEALTH & YOUR VISION
Medical researchers have found close links between eye health and mental health. People with vision impairments often develop mental health problems like anxiety and depression because of the stress of living with their condition. People with mental health problems are also more likely to develop vision issues later in life.
CEREBRAL PALSY (CP) GUIDE
Cerebral palsy is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those affected by this condition.
This website, sponsored by the American Dental Association, is specifically designed for patients with a lot of tips and guidance for a healthy mouth! You will find support for oral health at various life stages, product and nutrition information, and even a helpful symptom checker.