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Creating Supermarkets on the Web

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Search HHS.gov for any disease and prepare to be astounded. You will find: 556,000 results on Diabetes; 206,000 results on Breast Cancer; 474,000 results on Alcoholism; and 302,000 results on Dieting. What are the chances you’ll find the specific information you need in even, let’s say, the first ten sites you visit?

There’s a reason people shop in supermarkets. They get almost everything they need in one stop. Often, plus a few things they didn’t need. Supermarkets are fast, efficient, and effective. By comparison, our Web is like a street fair.

But we’re changing. We’re starting to build content supermarkets on the Web. We call them topic-based consumer sites. They bring the best of our related content together in one place. We’re even working with other Departments to build cross-federal Web supermarkets.

stopbullying.govStopBullying.gov provides information from various federal agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how people can prevent, and respond to bullying. Content for this website is developed by an interagency effort led by the Department of Education and HHS.

FoodSafety.gov FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to federal food safety information. The site delivers food safety updates, including recall information. It also provides safe food handling information. Federal agencies with a role in this initiative include the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

flu.govFlu.gov is the central source for information on seasonal flu, emerging flu viruses, and pandemic flu preparation. Launched in 2005, it was the first ever cross-federal site. It’s unusual in that while its primary purpose is to provide consumer information, it’s also central to planning for potential flu pandemics, providing guidance, tools and information for health care providers, state and local governments, schools and businesses, as well as individuals. Primary information providers are HHS and the Departments of Education, Commerce, Agriculture, and the Interior.

What would you like to see in a Web supermarket? Tell us your experience and suggest a topic you would like consolidated on a single website.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Doctors who still accept Medicare patients after your Dr dropped out of the program.
Submitted by Anonymous on
I like your supermarket idea and suggest you put contents on additions and mental health as well as other programs
Submitted by Anonymous on
I would like to a better choices in products are American made and cleaning products that are safe around people,kids ,babies ,and our pets.and more choices in the way our food is is produced like cereal and crackers,Graham Crackers and other snacks .I think we need better lables on products
Submitted by Anonymous on
Since you are responsible for the healthcare.gov site how about you make sure that information is correct and not a lie.
Submitted by Anonymous on
Where to go for help if you can no longer afford to feed your pet. What to do if you cannot keep your pets due to housing issues. We have places to go for help. The problem is how does the information get to the most needy? This is not known to most people and some elderly will starve to feed the pet they love because itis all they have. I think we have a growing need for this.
Submitted by Anonymous on
Any topics on disability
Submitted by Anonymous on
When medicare billing falls on deaf ears. As a retired Police officer I am well aware what fraud is. I have had several cases of physician billing fraud, double billing, Exceeding the medicare maximum allowable and find the person assigned to investigate, a private contractor, has no skills what so ever. In as much as a physician cannot bill beyond what medicare allows, the private contracted investigator knows nothing about exceeding the maximum allowable and balance billing the patient. Fraud hot lines sends you in circles then in the end, the person assigned is not competent with existing medicare rules and laws. You need an outlet for people to report medicare employee contractor non-compliance and issuing wrong decisions. I asked one investigator to speak to her supervisor and she just hung up.
Submitted by Anonymous on
Foods & Vitamin Supplements to live & remain as HEALTHY as possible no matter what an individual's GENE pool may contain as a threat...
Submitted by Anonymous on
Traumatic brain Injury - I am a parent/advcoate for a son who is a TBI survivior. I am on many task force groups to help bring TBI education awareness in our state. He drives, goes to college, take of his on self self - however he looks normal and funcutions normal but has the hidden disabilties that no one sees - just like the wounded warriors. I would like to me help, education and awareness for this major health concern. FYI please see [name withheld] I would like to see traumatic brain injury added to this website!!!
Submitted by Anonymous on
Parenting Pregnancy (incl. Breastfeeding) Heart health
Submitted by Anonymous on
I'd like to see: 1. A better organized, less unwieldy text 2. Different layers of information per subject, including faq sheets, headlines, links for more information and by state and county if possible 3. "Pull outs" that organizations can take and tweak and share with those they serve especially folks who do not have the internet. Thank you
Submitted by Anonymous on
Domestic violence, HIV/AIDS
Submitted by Anonymous on
I like the direction - just curious, why content by topic vs. by audience type a la girlshealth.gov, etc.? I know some of these exist but am wondering what HHS folks think about content by issue vs. content by audience? Or, does your strategy have room for multiple content types? What have users wanted/preferred in testing?
Submitted by Anonymous on
I'd like to see more absolute fact re the Medicare Advantage Plans---Sort out the advantages and the disadvantages and very specifically how they differ from Medicare Supplements.
Submitted by Anonymous on
Studies that help people choose foods/drinks wisely, give truthful information regarding causes of obesity and disease, for example. Studies that counter all we've been told for years and years!

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