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Dearborn Heights Library

Consumer Health Information Portal

Consumer Health Information Portal (CHIP)

Health Portal

The Consumer Health Information Portal (CHIP) assists the public with health & wellness materials and medical research  by providing information from reliable sources. Patrons are invited to use the Dearborn Heights Public Library CHIP collection which consists of books, videos, and online databases related to health topics.

Please note that we do not provide medical advice, nor are the materials we provide a substitute for a professional medical opinion.

General Information

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides credible information to enhance health decisions and promotes health through strong partnerships with state health departments and other organizations. 

MedlinePlus is the preferred website for anyone with a medical question. Contains comprehensive, accurate, current medical information in English and many languages for patients and consumers from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources. Links to an encyclopedia, medical dictionaries/glossaries, drug database and current news.

HealthFinder is a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information; links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.

American Medical Association
Founded in 1847, the American Medical Association (AMA) is the largest and only national association that convenes 190+ state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders. Throughout history, the AMA has always followed its mission: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Michigan Rehabilitative Services (MRS)
Michigan Rehabilitative Services (MRS) provides services and training to assist young adults and adults with disabilities to gain or retain employment.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
The mission of NCCIH is to determine, through rigorous scientific investigation, the fundamental science, usefulness, and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.


National Cancer Institute
Links to cancer information, in English and Spanish. Includes clinical trials database; treatments, screening, prevention, and supportive care information summaries.

American Cancer Society
Information for patients and families on diagnosis and treatment, cancer prevention, alternative treatments, links to other cancer resources. Other language publications are available. Links to resources/ACS activities in your local community. You can call (800-227-2345) a trained cancer information specialist 24/7 to answer your questions.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Cancer Resources
Cancer resources collected and curated by the state of Michigan.


American Diabetes Association
Basic diabetes information with advice on nutrition, weight loss and exercise, legal resources and community programs.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
A-Z list of diabetes topics and titles.

Heart Disease & Stroke

American Heart Association
Covers all aspects of heart disease, risk assessment, prevention, exercise, and nutrition.

American Stroke Association
Covers all aspects of heart disease, risk assessment, prevention, exercise, and nutrition.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Information on heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, exercise, and cholesterol. Some publications available in Spanish. Information for African-Americans.

Medication, Prescriptions, OTC Drugs

The National Library of Medicine (NLM)’s DailyMed searchable database provides the most recent labeling submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by companies and currently in use (i.e., "in use" labeling). DailyMed contains labeling for prescription and nonprescription drugs for human and animal use, and for additional products such as medical gases, devices, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and medical foods. 

Drug Information Portal
This is a gateway to selected drug information from the National Library of Medicine, the FDA, and the CDC.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Healthy lifestyle and nutrition tips.

U.S. Department of Agrigulture's MyPlate Site
Science-based nutritional guidance, meal planning tips, and other healthy eating tools from the USDA.


Daily Strength
This online support site offers more than 500 support groups for health issues and life challenges. Users can research the latest drugs, treatments, and alternative therapies, and connect with other people in similar circumstances.

Patients Like Me
This is an online community for people with life-changing conditions. Patients embrace the open sharing of personal health data because they believe that information can change the course of their disease.


The official U.S. Government site for Medicaid information.

The official U.S. Government site for Medicare information.


Clinical Trials
This website provides regularly updated information about federally funded and privately supported clinical research with human volunteers. It includes information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone number for more details. is a health information web resource designed to help patients and caregivers understand the many lab tests that are a vital part of medical care. Our goal is to help patients access reliable testing information so they can make informed decisions about their health.