Safety, Health and Education/Literacy Resources


Safety, Health and Education/Literacy Resources

For an urgent threat to safety and/or health, immediately Call 911 and request police and/or ambulance response, as appropriate.

A comprehensive list of resources follows. This list will be updated with the discovery of new resources and/or updated contact information for organizations currently listed:


Child Abuse

Child Abuse Hotline (nationwide and 24/7)
http://www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home
Phone Number:1-800-422-4453


Cholesterol

American Heart Association
www.heart.org
Phone Number: 1-800-242-8721

National Institutes of Health
www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Phone number: 301-496-4000

Mayo Clinic
www.mayoclinic.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/cholesterol
Phone Number: 1-800-232-4636


Diabetes

Diabetes Portion Quiz
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/index.html
Phone Number: 301-592-8573

American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org
Phone Number: 1-800-342-2383

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
www.niddk.nih.gov

National Diabetes Information Clearing House
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov

CDC National Diabetes Education Program
www.cdc.gov/diabetes


Dietary

Choose My Plate
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
Phone Number: 301-592-8573

US Department of Health and Human Services, Dietary Guidelines for Americans
http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/
Phone Number: 1-877-696-6775

Dietary Guidelines, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
www.eatright.org/resources/dietary-guidelines
Phone Number: 1-800-877-1600


Domestic Violence

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (nationwide and 24/7) Family Crisis Center for Domestic Violence (nationwide and 24/7)
http://www.familycrisiscenter.net/
Phone Number: 410-828-6390


Education/Literacy

Delaware GED Administrator
http://ged101.com/ged-classes-in-delaware.html
Phone Number: 302-739-3743

Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program (GED preparation/testing; External Diploma; English as a Second Language)
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/gedmd/ged.shtml
Phone Number: 410-767-0538

Virginia Department of Education
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/adulted/ged/
Phone Number: 877-376-9433

Washington, DC Adult Literacy Resource Center
http://dclibrary.org/services/adult
Phone Number: 202-727-2431


Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse

National Center on Elder Abuse for complete listing of elder abuse service organizations based on state
https://ncea.ad.gov/resources/state.html
Phone Number: 1-855-500-3537

Eldercare Locator (weekdays from 9 AM to 8 PM)
http://eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx
Phone Number: 1-800-677-1116

Delaware Adult Protective Services
http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsaapd/aps.html
Phone Number: 202-541-3950

District of Columbia Adult Protective Services
http://dhs.dc.gov/service/adult-protective-services
Phone Number: 202-541-3950

Georgia Adult Protective Services
http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services
Phone Number: 1-866-552-4464

Maryland Adult Protective Services
dhr.maryland.gov/office-of-adult-services/adult-protective-services
Phone Number: 1-800-332-6347

New Jersey Adult Protective Services
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/aps/
Phone Number: 1-800-242-5846

North Carolina Adult Protective Services
http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/aging/adultsvcs/afs_aps.htm
Phone Number: 919-855-3400

Pennsylvania Bureau for Advocacy, Protection & Education
www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/protections_rights/pages/report-elder-abuse.aspx
Phone Number: 1-800-490-8505

South Carolina Adult Protective Services
https://www.caregiver.org/south-carolina-adult-protective-services-aps-and-elder-abuse-hotline
Phone Number: 1-803-898-7318

Virginia Adult Protective Services
http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/as/aps.cgi
Phone Number: 1-888-832-3858

West Virginia Adult Protective Services
www.dhhr.wv.gov/bcf/pages/default.aspx
Phone Number: 1-800-352-6513


Infectious Disease

World Health Organization (WHO)
http://www.who.int/en/
Phone Number: 41-22-791-2111

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov/
Phone Number: 1-800-232-4636

Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/index.html
Phone Number: 302-255-9668

District of Columbia Department of Health
http://doh.dc.gov/
Phone Number: 202-442-5955

Georgia Department of Public Health
http://dph.georgia.gov/
Phone Number: 1-800-436-7442

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
dhmh.maryland.gov/pages/index.aspx
Phone Number: 410-767-6500

New Jersey Department of Health
http://www.state.nj.us/health/
Phone Number: 609-292-7837

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/
Phone Number: 919-855-4800

Pennsylvania Department of Health
www.health.state.pa.us/
Phone Number: 1-877-724-3258

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
http://www.scdhec.gov/
Phone Number: 803-898-3432

Virginia Department of Health
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/
Phone Number: 804-864-7001

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
http://www.dhhr.wv.gov
Phone Number: 304-558-0684


Prevention

Prevention into Practice - Tools and Resources
http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/index.html
Phone Number: 301-427-1104

CDC, Centers for Disease Control
www.cdc.gov.chronicdisease
Phone Number: 1-800-232-4636

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
www.health.gov
Phone Number: 240-453-8280


Shelters/Homeless Services:

The link below will allow for a search of the nearest homeless shelter and other nearby service organizations in any city and state:
http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

Feeding America will allow for a search of the nearest food bank based on zip code or state:
http://feedingamerica.org


Social Services (State):

Delaware Health and Social Services Department
http://dhs.dc.gov/
Phone Number: 302-671-4200

Georgia Department of Human Services
https://dhs.georgia.gov/
Phone Number: 202-576-8000

Maryland Department of Social Services
http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/social.html
Phone Number: 410-836-4700

New Jersey Department of Human Services
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/
Phone Number: 609-292-3717

North Carolina Division of Social Services
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/
Phone Number: 336-694-4141

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
www.dhs.pa.gov
Phone Number: 1-800-692-7462

South Carolina Department of Social Services/
https://dss.sc.gov/
Phone Number: 803-898-8080

Virginia Department of Social Services
http://www.dss.virginia.gov/
Phone Number: 1-800-552-3431

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
www.dhhr.wv.gov/pages/default.aspx
Phone Number: 304-356-5840


Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (nationwide and 24/7)
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.afsp.org
Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255

National Institute of Mental Health
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/index.shtml
Phone Number: 1-866-615-6464


Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (State):

Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
http://dvr.delawareworks.com/
Phone Number: 302-761-8001

District of Columbia Department on Disability Services
http://dds.dc.gov/
Phone Number: 202-730-1700

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
http://gvra.georgia.gov/vocational-rehabilitation-division
Phone Number: 404-232-7800

Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
dors.maryland.gov/pages/default.aspx
Phone Number: 410-554-9442

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/plan/foryou/disable/vocational_rehabilitation_services.shtml
Phone Number: 609-292-9339

North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dvrs/
Phone Number: 919-807-2796

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/vocational_rehabilitation/10356
Phone Number: 800-922-9536

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
http://scvrd.net/common/index.php
Phone Number: 803-251-4680

Virginia Department for Ageing and Rehabilitative Services
http://www.vadrs.org/
Phone Number: 800-552-5019

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
http://www.wvdrs.org/
Phone Number: 1-800-624-8207


Women's Health

Women's Health Common Conditions Affecting Women (Over 40 free fact sheets in English, Spanish, and other languages) US Food and Drug Administration (USDA)
http://www.fda.gov/default.htm
Phone Number: 888-463-6332

Women's Health Publications
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/FreePublications/default.htm
Phone Number: 301-796-9440

National Women's Health Resource Center
www.healthywomen.org
Phone Number: 1-877-986-9472

Office on Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
www.womenshealth.gov
Phone Number: 800-994-9662


Additional On-line Self-Management Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov
Phone Number: 800-232-4636

Familydoctor.org
http://www.familydoctor.org

Healthfinder
http://www.healthfinder.gov
Phone Number: 1-800-799-7233

MayoClinic
http://www.mayoclinic.com
Phone Number: 1-800-533-1710

MEDLINEplus
http://medlineplus.gov
Phone Number: 1-800-633-5463

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/joinhin/news/lifestyle62703.htm
Phone Number: 301-592-8573

NIH Senior Health
http://nihseniorhealth.gov
Phone Number: 1-800-633-4227


Technology Safety Resources/Tips

Passwords
- Safest passwords contain a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols; avoid using words in the dictionary, important dates, or names of close family members
- Avoid using the same password for every account you log into
- Change your passwords frequently

Social Networks
- Always check privacy settings for your accounts and ensure the account is set to the level of privacy you want
- Do not "befriend" strangers or others' whose accounts seem incomplete/unreal on social media

Online Accounts - Practice caution when opening a new online account with any entity, and make sure to fully read their privacy policy
- Opt out of sharing personal information that is not required to open the account
- Avoid using the same username and password for all online accounts
- Ensure that you are logged off when the online account is not being utilized

Safe Web Browsing
- Ensure that your computer is running current anti-virus and anti-spyware programs
- Periodically run scans on your computer, separate from your regular antivirus/anti-spyware
- Occasionally delete your history, cookies, temporary internet files, and saved forms/passwords from your web browser
- Always be aware of your surroundings when utilizing a web browser; others may be able to view the content of your computer when utilizing a public connection, or may be able to view your screen when sitting in a public area
- Always log off accounts and devices when not utilizing them

Mobile Telephones/Devices
- When speaking on your phone in public, avoid topics that are of a confidential nature and be aware that others around you may be able to hear your discussion
- Keep your mobile device locked at all times it is not in use, and protect with fingerprint technology or a strong pass code
- Take great care when sharing your location with others from your mobile device's applications
- Pay close attention to security and privacy settings for each application on your mobile device