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  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA
    • CDC-OC: CDC Office of Communication
    • NCHS: National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)
    • DSTD: Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CDC)
    • DBMD: Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases (CDC)
    • DVRD: Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases (CDC)
    • NIP: National Immunization Program
    • DPD: Division of Parasitic Diseases (CDC)
    • DVBID: Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases (CDC)
    • NCID: National Center for Infectious Diseases (CDC)
    • NCHSTP: National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP)
    • NCCDPHP: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
    • NCEH: National Center for Environmental Health
    • NIOSHL: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    • NCIPC: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
    • EPO: Epidemiology Program Office (EPO)
    • CDC-OD: Office of the Director (CDC/OD)
    • PHPPO: Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO)
    • NCBDDD: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
  • NIH: National Institute of Health, in the USA, and has numerous divisions and related institutes:
    • NIDDK: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
    • NHLBI: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    • NIAID: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    • NIAMS: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    • NIA: National Institute on Aging
    • NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health
    • NEI: National Eye Institude (NIH)
    • DBID: Division of Microbial and Infectious Diseases (part of NIAID)
    • NCCAM: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    • NIAAA: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    • NIDCD: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    • NICHD: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • NIDCR: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    • NCI: National Cancer Institute (NIH)
    • NHGRI: National Human Genome Research Institute
    • NIBIB: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    • NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • NIEHS: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    • NIGMS: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    • NINDS: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    • NINR: National Institute of Nursing Research
    • NLM: National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    • NCMHD: National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)
    • NCRR: National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
    • OD or NIH-OD: Office of the Director (OD)
    • OAR: Office of AIDS Research, NIH-OD
  • FDA: Food and Drug Administration (USA)
  • DHHS (or HHS): United States Department of Health and Human Services
    • ATSDR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
    • AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    • AoA: Administration on Aging (AoA)
    • ACF: Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
    • CMS: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    • IHS: Indian Health Service (IHS)
    • SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    • PSC: Program Support Center (PSC)
    • OWH: Office on Women's Health
    • NWHIC (or 4Woman.gov): The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)
  • USSG: United States Surgeon General

The following abbreviations are used to cite commonly used reports and information sources:

  • MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC)
  • NVSR: National Vital Statistics Report
  • NHIS: National Health Interview Survery
  • NHIS95: National Health Interview Survery, 1995.
  • WOH: Word on Health, NIH publication.
  • DHS-VIC: Victorian state study (Australia)
  • SEER: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER), part of the National Cancer Institute

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