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Description ¡BIEN! website is designed to provide the best health information available for the people; the website will be useful for both, healthcare consumers and healthcare providers.  We chose the name BIEN, the Spanish word for "well", because we believe that reliable health information is an important factor in improving the quality of people's lives.

¡BIEN! website provides access to reliable health information in English and Spanish to the public, promotoras or health providers, researchers, faculty, and students.

¡BIEN! was initially funded in 2000 through a 2-year grant from the National Library of Medicine to NMSU. Since 2002, the program  has been directed and the website maintained by Dr. Hugo Vilchis, director of the Border Epidemiology and Environmental Health Center of New Mexico State University.

Distinctions ¡BIEN! named the 2004 ALA/Information Today, Inc. "Library of the Future". The Library of the Future Award recognizes an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

¡BIEN! named the state winner for New Mexico for the 2006 NCLIS Health Information Awards.  The award was announced by its sponsor, the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Awards were given to health information programs; the selection criteria included how well the program encouraged lifestyle improvement among the target population, the program's adaptability, collaboration with other community organizations and how successfully the program was able to reach out to people with low information literacy skills.

Disclaimer ¡BIEN! is a gateway website that provides links to health sites on the Internet that have been evaluated by medical and library professionals from our partner organizations. By providing these web links, it is our intention to assist our users in finding information that may enable them to better understand a broad spectrum of health issues and topics. We cannot give medical advice or diagnosis, nor do we advocate any particular medical treatment or product. If you feel you may have a medical problem, please contact a physician or other healthcare provider.This site does not host or receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content.

Privacy Policy ¡BIEN! recognizes your right to confidentiality, and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We protect all of your personal information against unauthorized access or release and do not share it with third parties unless required to do so by law. Check our privacy policy here.

Contact Us

Project Director and Webmaster: Dr. Hugo Vilchis, M.D., MPH

Phone: (575) 646-3057

Postal Address:
Border Epidemiology & Environmental Health Center
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3BEC
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

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