Diabetes: A Family Matter

Family Resources

Family Health Websites

Economics and Family Health

Family Health Budget
This Humana site aims to help health care consumers get the information they need to fit health care into their budget … plus some tips on how to take care of their family's health care needs and still save money.
U.S. Family Health Plan: Tri-Care
US Family Health Plan is the only TRICARE Prime program that offers benefits to active duty family members and all military retirees and their eligible family members, including those 65 years of age and over, regardless of whether or not they participate in Medicare Part B. So no matter what their age, members can stay healthy with US Family Health Plan.


Family Activities

American Association of Service Coordinators
Through this site and our hotline, you can connect to free, 24/7 local, online and home-based educational resources for every age and skill level. Their vision is to support members that serve individuals, families, the elderly and persons with disabilities in housing situations through leadership, education, training, networking, advocacy and other member services.
Healthy Family Home
Use this site to help improve your home environment and jump-start healthy habits that will lead to healthier lives. This site supports and encourages the whole family in making nurturing, wholesome choices throughout each day.
Ohio Literacy Network
Through this site and our hotline, you can connect to free, 24/7 local, online and home-based educational resources for every age and skill level.


Family Health Professional Education

The Chicago Center for Family Health
This is one of the foremost family therapy training institutes in the world, renowned for its unique family resilience approach, and dedicated to strengthening families in crisis. They offer advanced training for mental health and health professionals; counseling services; and community programs.


Family Heritage

Family History 101
Enter a few simple facts about recent generations of your family. This site will use what you enter to try and find more about your family in the world's largest online collection of historical records and family trees.
Genetic Alliance
Genetic Alliance is a coalition of more than 600 advocacy organizations serving 25 million people affected by 1000 conditions. The organization works to transform leadership in the genetics community to build capacity in advocacy organizations and to educate policymakers by leveraging the voices of individuals and families. Genetic Alliance increases the capacity of genetic advocacy organizations to achieve their missions and leverages the voices of millions of individuals and families living with genetic conditions.
U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative
The purpose of this website is to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health history.


General Health Concerns

Harvard Medical School: Family Health Guide
This online guide will provide you with some excellent tips about what you need to know to keep yourself and your family healthy and to cope with illness.
Harvard Medical School: Guide to Diagnostic Tests
Is someone in your family having a medical test, but you do not really know what it is? Then this site may help you find useful information to help you better understand.
Your Family’s Health
This is NOT a medical website, it was developed to provide useful information for individuals and their family members.


Family Lifestyle

Cooperative Extension System Offices
This is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.
Ohio State Extension: Family Life
This website has a wealth of information related to ways to strengthen the family including communication and family facts of interest to many different members of the family and family types.


Women’s Health

Kaiser Family Foundation: Women’s Health Care
This group is a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge – from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.

Family Resources

  • Denham, S. A. (1997). An Ethnographic Study of Family Health in Appalachian Microsystems. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. U. of Alabama at Birmingham: Birmingham, AL.
  • Denham, S.A. (1999a). The definition and practice of family health, Journal of Family Nursing, 5(2), 133-159.
  • Denham, S.A. (1999b). Family health: During and after death of a family member, Journal of Family Nursing, 5(2), 160-183.
  • Denham, S.A. (1999c). Family health in an economically disadvantaged population, Journal of Family Nursing, 5(2), 184-213.
  • Denham, S.A. (2003). Family Health: A Framework for Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis.