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No decisions are more personal than the ones we make about our health.

Every day, we make important choices about the products we choose and use to feel our best.

We use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to manage our colds and aches. Lotions to treat our skin. Brushes and pastes to keep our teeth healthy. And an alphabet of dietary supplements to help us stay in good health. But with so many useful self-care products to choose from, sometimes the very products designed to make us feel better can make us feel... overwhelmed.

Health In Hand is here to help you take charge of your self-care decisions — quickly and confidently. With simple tools and resources, Health In Hand is your place for answers. We decode dosing, explain ingredients, simplify safety, and help you find the products you need to make the most of your health. Backed by the CHPA Educational Foundation, Health In Hand is a non-profit with 20 years of expertise in helping consumers safely choose and use personal healthcare products. So everything you find is tested, trusted, and clear.

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CHPA educational foundation leadership

Meet the team

Our commitment is built around empowering consumers to make informed decisions about their self-care. We are driven to provide you with easy-to-understand information, expert advice, and tools that can help take the confusion out of which over-the-counter products are right for you. We've got your back!

Anita Brikman

Mary Leonard
Vice president

Brandon Ciampaglia
senior digital content and campaign manager

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How can we help?

If you have specific medical questions or concerns, please reach out to a healthcare professional for answers.


Get answers to common questions, including how to safely dispose of unwanted over-the-counter medicines, reading a Drug Facts label, and more.

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Meet our experts

Get to know the professionals behind the information that helps you better understand and safely use common over-the-counter (OTC) products.

Emily Navarro, MS, RD

Emily is a registered dietitian and health communications expert who specializes in topics related to nutrition, food, and wellness. She describes herself as a nutrition nerd and has a knack for translating nutrition science into everyday tips and resources for a variety of audiences.

Dr. Bob Arnot

Dr. Bob Arnot is an Emmy-award broadcast journalist and author with over 44 years of experience in medicine. He has run an emergency medicine service of nearly 100 hospitals, served as chief medical correspondent for NBC’s Dateline, Today, and Nightly News shows, medical correspondent at CBS News, and continues today to cover the pandemic for a variety of national and international broadcasting platforms from Larry King and Fox to PBS and Al Jazeera.

Dr. Ken Redcross

Ken Redcross, MD, is author of “Bond: The 4 Cornerstones of a Lasting and Caring Relationship with Your Doctor,” and founder of Redcross Concierge, a personalized medical practice designed to enhance the patient-doctor relationship while providing convenient access to a full spectrum of health care services and holistic and wellness counseling.

Brett Snodgrass, FNP-C

Brett is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Pain Educator practicing at LifeLinc Pain in Memphis where she is the Director of Clinical Operations. She is also an award winning healthcare blogger (TheNPmom). Brett is board certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), where she is currently the Tennessee State Representative.

Dr. Henry W. Lim

Dr. Henry W. Lim is the Chair Emeritus of the Department of Dermatology for Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. A board-certified dermatologist with a special expertise on the effect of sunlight on the skin, he is also a former president of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Lim received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and completed his dermatology residency at the New York University School of Medicine.

Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, is a pediatrician, mother to two young boys, and the author of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Seattle Mama Doc Blog, the first pediatrician-authored blog for a major children's hospital. She is regularly quoted as an expert for The New York Times, USA Today, and the TODAY show.
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The CHPA Educational Foundation is supported by members of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), leading makers of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices.

Up and Away is an educational program to remind families about the importance of safe medicine storage to prevent accidental ingestion of medicines or vitamins. It is an initiative of PROTECT, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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In partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC), the Know Your Dose campaign educates consumers on how to safely use medicines that contain acetaminophen. By reaching consumers when medicine safety is top of mind, the campaign seeks to raise awareness and promotes safe acetaminophen use.