September 29, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM Are allergies really tough on you this season? Looking for the closest services for your Diabetes care? UNM's Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC) recently launchedNew Mexico Health Connection, a new online directory that enables anyone with Internet access to find local or regional health services and access reliable health information.

Area treatment facilities and health services in all 33 New Mexico counties are represented in the directory. From acupuncturists to dialysis centers to cancer clinics,New Mexico Health Connectionoffers a name, address, phone number and description of various health services in New Mexico. These services can be browsed by location, service type or health issue.

For dependable information on medical symptoms or conditions, and drugs and supplements, as well as a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, and current health news,New Mexico Health Connectionis linked directly to the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of HealthMedlinePlus®website.This allows visitors toNew Mexico Health Connectionto read about a health concern and find services relevant to their needs, or the needs of their families and friends all at one convenient place on the web.

"New Mexicans are particularly challenged with finding local health services due to our state's rural character," remarks Holly Shipp Buchanan, UNM Associate Vice President for Knowledge Management and Information Technology and HSLIC Director. "Thanks to federal funding, we've now joined a handful of states in the U.S. that have activated such a system to help improve health and medical care for our citizens. I encourage all New Mexicans to try it and use it it's a superb resource."

For more information onNew Mexico Health Connection, call 505/272-0757 or visithttp://medlineplus.gov/nmhc.