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Washington, DC 20057-1272
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To suggest an article or report for the MCH Alert, e-mail the MCH Alert editor.
The MCH Library is primarily a reference collection. If materials are not available electronically, users should first contact the publishers or other contact sources listed in the databases or bibliographies, or visit lending libraries in their area such as university or public libraries. When materials are not available from other sources, limited photocopies or loans are available from the MCH Library.
Photocopies are provided to all audiences; loans are provided directly to health professionals and through interlibrary loan to other audiences (consult your local library for interlibrary loans).
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Use MCH Links.
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See the Healthy Start page
Search the Title V Information System.
Our knowledge path about children with special health care needs provides a wide variety of information on caring for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities and includes lists of organizations that can supply information on specific chronic conditions.
The MCH Library does not provide medical information about specific diseases, disabilities, or genetic or congenital disorders or their treatment except for limited materials produced with the support of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. To find sources for particular illnesses or conditions, search our MCH Organizations Database.
View our collection of family resource briefs, search our MCH Organizations Database; search MCHLine®; view a list of sources for consumer health materials; and scan MCH Links for a list of links to consumer health-related Web sites.
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