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  • BIEN: Border Health and Information Network – A health education network funded through a grant from the National Library of Medicine to provide the best in health information free of charge for the people of southern New Mexico, both healthcare consumers and healthcare providers. ¡BIEN! is a gateway web site that provides links to health sites they have evaluated and feel may be useful to the people of the border region and elsewhere. By providing these web links, it is their intention to assist users in finding information that may enable them to better understand a broad spectrum of health issues and topics. Information available in both Spanish and English.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people – at home and abroad. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. Site provides information about health protection and about health-related hoaxes.
  • Health on the Net Foundation – A not-for-profit international Swiss organization whose mission is to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable online medical and health information. Information available in both English and French.
  • HealthCentral – Subtitled “Information and products for a healthier life,” this site includes top health-related stories in the news, online health encyclopedias, libraries on prescription drugs and herbs, a drug interaction checker, and an online health superstore.
  • – Health and health care news and information provided by the U.S. government. Available in English and Spanish. Special area for children’s searches. Includes directory of carefully selected health information web sites from government agencies, clearinghouses, nonprofits, and universities.
  • Healthlinks – Extensive healthcare directory encompassing such varied areas as alternative medicine, child development, elder care, health associations, health libraries, nutrition, managed care, health education, and fitness. Website also includes mailing lists, message boards and information on clinical trials.
  • InteliHealth – Harvard Medical School’s Consumer Health Information Site. Includes sections on healthy living, diseases and medical conditions, and a search engine for health issues.
  • – Web site owned and operated by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research to provide information on health and disease. Includes search engine on diseases as well as lifestyle planners and disease self-managers for designing healthier living.
  • MEDLINEplus – Search engine from the U.S. National Library of Medicine for health topics; prescription drug information; directories of doctors, dentists, and hospitals; a medical encyclopedia and dictionary; and access to other organizations, consumer health libraries, international sites, and publications.
  • Mental Help Net – Includes Resource Center on variety of mental health issues and disorders such as: abuse, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, eating disorders, gender issues, and grief/bereavement disorders. Also includes list of information centers and guides to professional services.
  • Mental Health Infosource – Source of news on mental health issues for professionals, patients, and caregivers. Includes schedule of CE courses for professional mental health care workers as well as news articles, a search engine of mental disorders, and classified ads,
  • My – Family health site focusing on wellness, healthy lifestyles and health news. Includes health tracking tools.
  • National Institute of Mental Health – Agency organization and directories. Information on mental disorders, clinical trials, funding opportunities and employment opportunities. Research Fact Sheets, Science on Our Minds Series, Statistics, and Science Education available for general public.
  • National Institutes of Health – Health information, grants and funding opportunities in health; news and events in health; the institutes, centers and offices that make up the NIH; sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.
  • Open Directory Project: Health – Directory of websites on health issues by subject and by language.
  • Rn to BSN Online - This site is designed to be a complete resource for practicing registered nurses or RNs in training interested in pursuing a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree.
  • Tribal Health Connections – Local and national health news to promote a better understanding of a broad spectrum of health issues and topics for the people of the Four Corners area.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Information about the agencies, opportunities and news coming from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Includes search engine for finding subject-based health and human service information.
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine – Health information available through numerous health databases such as MEDLINE/PubMed, MEDLINEplus,, DIRLINE, PubMed Central, TOXNET, and NLM Gateway. Information available on health research programs, announcements and exhibits.
  • WebMD – The leading consumer-focused healthcare information website with the mission to provide the most objective, credible and trusted healthcare information and to help people play an active role in managing their own health. Consumers can access health news, articles, research reports, condition-specific centers and support communities, interactive tools and programs, as well as online health and lifestyle product catalogues and ordering services.
  • World Health Organization – Available in English, Spanish, and French. Includes alphabetical listing of health topics worldwide. Emphasis on definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”