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Subject-specific online resources, recommended websites and more.

Health and Medicine

See also Teens and Online Health and Medicine Resources.

Comprehensive Websites

  • Family Doctor
    The American Academy of Family Physicians provides medical and health information for the whole family. Also available in Spanish.

  • Healthfinder
    A gateway to consumer health information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also available in Spanish.

  • Mayo Clinic
    A comprehensive site for finding information about diseases and conditions, drugs, treatment decisions and healthy living topics. Also available in Spanish and other languages.

  • MedlinePlus
    The National Library of Medicine provides current, reliable health and medical information. Includes descriptions of diseases and conditions, their symptoms, treatment and prevention; a medical encyclopedia; information on drugs, herbs and supplements; and more. Watch videos and interactive tutorials, or sign up for free email updates on the latest health or medical news. Also available in Spanish and other languages.

  • Merck Manuals
    Information on medical conditions and their diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Choose the Consumer Version, written in everyday language, the Professional Version with more advanced content or switch between the two. Both versions provide image, video and audio resources. Also available in Spanish.

  • National Institutes of Health — Health Information
    Offers access to health and medical resources, including information on clinical research trials, and PubMed, a database of citations of professional biomedical and life sciences literature (with links to free, full-text sources where available). Information on the NIH website is also available in Spanish

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information


  • Drug Information Portal
    This database, from the National Library of Medicine, provides information on more than 80,000 drugs, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, dietary supplements and investigational drugs. Searchable by generic or brand name.

  • Drugs, Herbs and Supplements
    From the MedlinePlus website, information on prescription and over-the-counter medicines as well as herbs and supplements.

  • GoodRx
    Tracks prescription drug prices and offers discount coupons.  Find the best price at a pharmacy in your area.

  • NeedyMeds
    A nonprofit organization that helps individuals find low-cost patient assistance programs for prescription medicines, discount prescription drug card programs and more. You can search for programs by a drug's brand or generic name or by pharmaceutical company name. Information is also available in Spanish.

  • Pillbox
    The National Library of Medicine provides this website to help you identify prescription drugs in pill form.

  • Safe.Pharmacy — Buy Safely
    Resources and information to help consumers find a safe and legitimate online pharmacy. Provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

Health Care — Insurance & Assistance

  • Cover Virginia: Connecting Virginians to Affordable Health Insurance
    A guide to applying for low or no cost health insurance programs for eligible individuals, families or children. Among the programs included are Medicaid, FAMIS, FAMIS MOMS, Plan First, Smiles for Children and the Governor's Access Plan (GAP). Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Translations of this site are available in Spanish and other languages.

  • Enroll Virginia!
    Information and assistance for individuals and small businesses on obtaining health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Produced by the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

  • Free Clinics in Virginia
    Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics provides a list of member clinics and their contact information. Eligibility requirements vary for each organization.

  • Free or Low-Cost Medical Care for Children
    Programs for children in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

    A provision of the Affordable Care Act, enables one-stop shopping for health insurance in each state's Health Insurance Marketplace (health care exchange). From this site, consumers can compare coverage from all the qualified health care options available in their state and enroll in the program most suitable to their needs and budget. The website is managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Also available in Spanish.

    Information on Medicaid and CHIP services for families in every state. Also available in Spanish.

  • Medicaid
    Provides health care and health-related services to low-income individuals and families. Medicaid is sponsored jointly by the federal and state governments and is administered by each state.

  • Medical Assistance Programs
    Virginia Department of Social Services describes various medical assistance programs offered in Virginia, who is covered and the eligibility requirements for each. A link to apply online is provided. Available in many languages.

  • Medicare
    The federal government's health insurance plan for adults age 65 and older and certain younger persons with disabilities. Also available in Spanish.

  • Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP)
    Call them for help understanding Medicare, Medigap, drug plans and long-term care insurance. Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

Mental Health Services

Health Care Providers

  • Good Starting Points
    The following government websites enable you to verify whether physicians, dentists and other health care providers are licensed to practice, see whether there are any disciplinary actions against a practitioner, or file a complaint.

  • Care Compare
    Find and compare the quality of care of Medicare-approved facilities and providers in your area from one convenient website. Care Compare helps you locate doctors and other clinicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health services, hospice care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and dialysis facilities. Provided by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Note: This site will will eventually replace Hospital Compare, Nursing Home Compare, and five other Medicare "Compare" sites.

  • Is My Doctor Board Certified?
    Verify a physician's board certification status or search for board-certified physicians by geographical area and specialty or sub-specialty. The site is developed and maintained by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

  • Provider and Services Directories
    View directories that help you find doctors, dentists, mental health, and other health care professionals; hospitals, clinics and other health and mental health care facilities; and other health care services. Provided by MedlinePlus.

Online Health and Medicine Resources

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