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Health: Resources and Databases

Cultivating Healthy Habits

A Guide to Self-Care for Children

As parents, guiding your children towards a balanced and mindful lifestyle can be a fulfilling journey. These efforts not only support your child's health but also foster a stronger parent-child bond. In this article, you will discover various ways to infuse your child’s life with fun, mindful activities that promote rejuvenation and happiness.

Cancer & Caregiving Resources

The Mesothelioma Center

This website provides resources to families who have a loved one diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. They will be able to find at-no-cost services such as monthly online support group sessions, on-staff doctors and nurses available to answer any medical-related questions, and patient advocates who work one-on-one with individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers, and support groups.

Local Level Statistics

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Overview of Health Rankings for Barnstable, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. Can compare the demographics to other counties in Massachusetts or the United States. 

Local Level Statistics and Community Information

Cape Cod Health Care Community Health Needs Assessment Report and Implementation Plan 2017 - 2019

Assessment of local health needs through surveys and analysis.  

Mental Health

Online Therapy: Mental Health Resources

Directory for online resources to help people connect with mental health services, many of which offer free or low-cost options.

Statistics and Evidence Based Database: All Health-Related Topics

Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Aging in Action: Advancing the National Prevention Strategy

Prepared by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council). 

Healthy Aging: Evidence Based Toolkit

World Health Organization Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide

Describes the trends of urbanization and aging, gives models for individuals and groups to stimulate action in their own cities, highlights the concerns of aging residents. 

Trauma Informed Care: Best Practices

Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation

By the Center for Health Care Strategies: Framework for organizational and clinical changes that can be practically implemented across the health care sector to address trauma. 

Trauma Informed Care: Approaches & Framework

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC)

Works to eliminate the use of seclusion, restraints, and other coercive practices and to develop the knowledge base on trauma informed care. 

Prevention and Recovery: Hotlines

Substance Abuse Hotline Resources

The purpose of this guide is to give readers a clearer picture of what happens next and to provide information about the different substance abuse hotlines currently in operation. 

Prevention and Recovery: Directory

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Massachusetts

Guide to help Massachusetts residents who are struggling with substance abuse addiction find affordable treatment.

Individuals with Special Needs: Evidence Based Program Evaluation

Institute of Education Sciences – Children and Youth with Disabilities

List of evidenced-based programs with their effectiveness and outcomes. Also has intervention reports for each program which describes the program and costs along with its effectiveness. 

Healthy Aging: Senior living communities in MA

Excellent Care, Decency, & Optimal Living (

List of assisted and independent living for seniors in Massachusetts. 

Cancer & Caregiving Resources

Parenting with Mesothelioma

This website is medically reviewed by doctors and features the most comprehensive guide on how to talk to children about cancer, to be honest, talking to different age groups, how to be prepared for questions as well as recommended books to prepare for this talk.

Health Education and Promotion

Public Health and Nursing

A big part of public health work is promoting health. Health promotion is considered a behavioral social science. It involves elements of medicine, psychology, environmental science, and biology. Learn why it's important and more (info via Advantis Medical)

Town Level Statistics

Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative

Demographic, lifestyle, and economic data on residents ages 65+ by town for all of Massachusetts. 

Rural Health: Evidence Based Research

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Offers a library of resources, coverage or rural issues, state guides, toolkits, program models, and more.

Statistics and Evidence Based Database: All Health-Related Topics

Center for Disease Control

Contains government information on healthy aging, substance use and prevention, mental health, and much more. Statistics with best practices and information for communities.  

Healthy Aging: Evidence Based Database

National Council on Aging

Resource for best practices and programs for residents to age in place and promote healthy aging. 

Local Level Statistics and Community Information

Barnstable County Department of Human Services, Regional Substance Use Council Publications and Data

Contains fact sheets as well as Department Publications about substance use on the Cape and Islands.

Trauma Informed Care: Evidence Based Resources

Trauma Informed Care – Implementation Resource Center

Training Resources, best practices, steps for becoming a trauma-informed organization.

Prevention and Recovery: Database

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Information about substance use as well as prevention and treatment guides. 

Prevention and Recovery: Database / Best Practices

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Repository of best practices and peer-reviewed journals about public health. 

Prevention and Recovery: Evidence Based Database

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Research and publications to understand the impact of alcohol on human health and well-being. 

Individuals with Special Needs: Evidence Based Programs

A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority: a broad report which encompasses medicine, mental health, child welfare, education, the justice system and other areas with the best practices for persons with disabilities.  

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