HMA defines resources as information to assist in the planning and development of health ministries and faith community nursing within communities of faith.

Where to begin to find resources



  • Department of Health
  • Universities
  • Seminaries
  • Denominational Headquarters


  • Hotlines
  • Hospital Community Education Programs
  • Hospital Health Ministry FCN Programs
  • Drug Education Centers
  • Nutrition Programs
  • Services to Children, Families, and Seniors
  • Support Groups


  • Health Clinics
  • Minority Health programs
  • Mental Health Programs


There are literally thousands of health-related Internet resources maintained by government agencies, universities, and nonprofit and commercial organizations. The Department of Health and Human Services suggests the following questions to help determine the reliability of a Web site:

  • Who maintains the site? Government or university-run sites are among the best sources for scientifically sound health and medical information.
  • Is there an editorial board or another listing of the names and credentials of those responsible for preparing and reviewing the site’s contents? Can you contact them?
  • Does the site link to other sources of medical information? A reputable organization will not position itself as the sole source of information on a particular topic.
  • When was the site last updated? Generally, the more current the site, the more likely it is to provide timely material.
  • Are informative graphics and multimedia files available? If so, it should be used to help explain medical information, not substitute for it.
  • Does the site charge an access fee? If so, be sure it offers value for the money.
  • Search for toll-free numbers of health information (Healthfinder) from the National Health Information Center (NHIC). There are 35 pages of toll-free numbers to access health materials. One can also find specific information on almost any disease process.