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*Community Engaged Medicine: Health Policy

Finding Health Policies

Health policy is broadly defined in this course. The following are some starting points for local, federal, international, organizational, and other types of policy.

Local & State

South Carolina State Website: Start searching here for local and state-level laws.

South Carolina Code of Laws: All laws, codes, and policies including amendments at the state level. Searchable with Boolaen phrasing.

South Carolina Department of Education: Information on curriculum standards and school policy.

City of Greenville, SC: Information on the different departments of the City of Greenville (transportation, ordinances, health, etc.)

Greenville, SC Factsheet ( Information on the local population of Greenville, SC for 2019.

Appalachia Council of Governments: Government information about the surrounding upstate and NC area.

Federal If you don't know where to start, start with a search here. 

American Disabilities Act: Information about the ADA and how it impacts building construction, regulations, and rights for persons with disabilities.

Affordable Health Care Act: Information about who qualifies for health insurance and what premiums may be incurred (free versus paid versus penalized).

Center for Disease Control

Center for Medicare and Medicaid: Access to policy, documentation, legislation, and coverage documents to decide who is eligible and for what.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: For policies about who can work and where.

Federal Communications Commission: For information on government communications and issues related to privacy, internet access, and communication monopolies. 

Food and Drug Association: Information on drug and food regulation; provides information on safety of and taxation status of medical goods.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Federal Housing Administration): Gateway for affordable housing, housing discrimination policies, and urban planning.

Medicaid: Information on medicaid and qualifications for it.

Medicare: Information on medicare and qualifications for it.

National Library of Medicine: Find information on clinical trials and then follow-through on those to see policy regarding a specifici trial.

National Institute of Health: Find information on genomic data and health privacy policy.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Information about safety guidelines and handling work injuries.

Surgeon General: Updates on recalls, warnings, and other related issues regarding food/medical device/chemical safety.

U.S. Supreme Court: Find laws or polices related to court rulings; may also search for instances of your policies and cases related to those policies.

Veteran Affairs: Information about who qualifies for VA care after dismissal or death.


World Health Organization

United Nations


American Cancer Society

Hospice Foundation of America

Feeding America

Planned Parenthood

Mental Health America


American Civil Liberties Union: Search here for issues that may relate to your topic and particular policies the ACLU has tackled in the past, then backtrack to the policy itself. Note that this site cannot serve as the policy itself, as it's a secondary reporter on policy. 

Search for hospital governing boards, local clinic policies, conditions/terms of service.

Supporting Data Search Tools

The following can be some starting resources to help you find local or national health data about your particular population when making arguments or assessing evidence of the effect of your chosen health policy. Each tool has benefits and its limitations, so explore them according to your interests.

UN Gender Statistics

Find data related to gender roles and identification as it applies to health care, education, economics, public life, and human rights. Data can be broken down regionally or by individual indicator. Data was last collected through 2018.

American Fact Finder

Conduct a census search using "guided" or "advanced" search. Information in the census includes information about age, sex, socioeconomics, housing, transportation, etc.

Pew Research Center

Find publications based on previously analyzed datasets or search for new information in the webpage search bar. The Pew Research Center's Internet Project is pleased to offer scholars access to raw data sets from our research. All uses of this data should reference the Pew Research Center as the source of the data and acknowledge that the Pew Research bears no responsibility for interpretations presented or conclusions reached based on analysis of the data.

Greenville IMAP

Sponsored by Prisma Health (previously Greenville Health System), Greenville County IMAP provides you with an interactive, visual look at essential services available throughout Greenville County such as food, housing, healthcare, childcare and recreational opportunities. A primary goal for IMAP is to increase community awareness of both access to and  convenience of these services in the cities and neighborhoods within Greenville County. Some of the areas identified and mapped include: bus stops, parks, educational institutions, affordable housing, health centers, quality childcare, food pantries, recreation centers, shelters, community gardens, farmers markets, employment assistance, elderly assistance and governmental offices.


By collecting and analyzing data from a variety of government and private sources, we're able to create detailed, informative profiles for every city in the United States. From crime rates to weather patterns, you’ll find the data.

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