October 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
A belated Happy October to you all. My sincerest apologies for the delayed release of this month’s newsletter. In an unhappy accident, I was ill the first week of this national Health Literacy Month. While that delayed our newsletter, among other things, it gave me an opportunity to be thankful that our state has so many school-based health centers dedicated to helping our children become health literate and navigate the healthcare system. Whether you are an adult like me (that’s me with a receding hairline in the cartoon below) or a young person, the skills it takes to access healthcare (where is a clinic that is open now?), follow healthcare instructions (when do I take this medication?), or understand medical jargon (what does pulse ox mean? why am I signing a consent form?), can be hard to learn. So, as you navigate the rest of this month of October, remember to thank the providers, teachers, and others who’ve helped you navigate what can be a dauntingly complicated healthcare system. And if you want to celebrate Health Literacy Month, check out:  www.healthliteracymonth.org or www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/.
Two Special Notes:  

  1. Sending strength and best wishes to the students, staff, families and public health colleagues working to address teen suicide across the state. With another teen suicide in an Albuquerque High School just over a week ago, NMASBHC is taking hope from the 100+ students who attended a subsequent school board meeting and from all the community members rallying to address this crisis. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.  
  2. Congratulations to San Felipe’s SBHC and Onate High School’s SBHC for winning the directory and survey update completion incentives. Thank you for your prompt participation, and watch the mail for your gifts!

Wishing you all good health,

Nancy Rodriguez

Last Chance!
Complete the Annual SBHC Update
We have extended the deadline for the 2019 Annual Update. Please complete the Annual SBHC Update by October 20th to receive a $30 Amazon gift card.
The SBHC Annual Update helps ensure our SBHC directory and map are accurate.
NMASBHC understands the importance of increasing public awareness of your clinic
and its invaluable services. Our school-based health center directory serves as an
essential tool for legislators, state agencies, school personnel, providers,
students/patients, community members and funders across New Mexico.

We also want to make sure we are serving those of you in the field in the most
appropriate ways. This survey will allow us to focus our technical assistance efforts in
areas that will serve the SBHC community best. The information provided on the
survey portion will not be included in the directory.

*If you are unable to complete the SBHC Annual Update online, please contact
Kim Stanek for more options.
Annual Calendar Contest - Open Now!
Visit our website to submit your 2020 photo and learn more.
Call for Abstracts!
The School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) is pleased to invite abstracts for their National School-Based Health Care Convention in Denver, CO, on June 23-25, 2020 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

They are seeking subject matter expertise in the following categories:

  • Primary Care Clinical Skills
  • Mental Health Clinical Skills
  • Accountability, Quality Improvement, and Research
  • Population Health and Education Outcomes
  • Business/Systems
  • Oral Health
  • Systematically Targeted Groups
  • Advocacy and Policy
  • Collaboration with Colleagues in the Education Sector and Local Communities
  • Youth Training Program (for youth participants only)

For more information and to submit an abstract visit SBHA's Website.
SBHC Corner
Head to Toe 2020 Call for Presenters
Now Open
Kesselman-Jones and the Department of Health are seeking experts to present at the 24th annual Head to Toe Conference for professionals dedicated to student health and academic success.

If you have a deep-knowledge base in an area of interest to school health professionals, creative ideas to share, innovative activities to demonstrate, or cutting-edge best practices to advocate, now is the time to consider submitting a presentation to share your expertise with more than 500 school nurses, counselors and social workers who will attend the Head to Toe conference, April 14-16, 2020 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Call for Presentations is now open.

Click here for application guidelines, important deadline dates, and start developing your personalized profile. The Kesselman-Jones team is standing by if you need any help navigating the application or have questions about the conference or content. Questions? Call (505) 266-3451.
LARC Mentoring Program (LMP)
Training Opportunities
New OSAH Contracts
If your SBHC(s) have been offered a NMDOH contract following the RFP from this past spring, NMDOH Office of School and Adolescent Health (OSAH) will be setting up individual deliverable and data orientation meetings once contracts are finalized. These meetings will be set up by Kristin Oreskovich, Kristin.Oreskovich@state.nm.us . If you have questions in this interim period while contracts are being executed, please reach out to Kristin.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: October
Please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about other trainings offered and to request them if you need them. Seating is limited and space is available on a first come, first served basis. After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will include instructions on how to join the training on its scheduled date and time. If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or for more information on training sessions being scheduled for future months, please contact Armando Muñoz at armando.munoz@state.nm.us or at (505) 476-6813.

If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or would like more information on future training sessions, please e-mail: HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us or call 505-476-7151.
New Tool for Combatting the Opioid Epidemic
New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced a new map that is being made available to the public showing which pharmacies across New Mexico carry naloxone – the medication used to reverse the effects of opioid-related overdoses. The map is currently available through New Mexico’s anti-opioid addiction website, A Dose of Reality. This statewide map will be the most extensive, up-to-date resource for the life-saving medication and is the latest effort in the fight against opioid abuse.

Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
Job Openings @ Las Clinicas del Norte SBHCs
Las Clinicas del Norte is looking for a Full Time NM Licensed NM Licensed Provider (CFNP, PA-C) to provide services at LCDN’s School Based Program in Pojoaque/Los Alamos areas.

They are also looking for a Cashier/Receptionist to work at the Pojoaque SBHC located at Pojoaque High School and the Los Alamos SBHC located next to the Health Department in Los Alamos.

Visit the LCDN Website for more details on how to apply.
National Bullying Prevention Month
Every day thousands of young people experience bullying from their peers while at school, after school in their neighborhoods, and even when they are at home, through social media and texts. There are many ways to support bullying prevention within your school or community.

Download free posters and digital campaign materials and find great ways to participate in National Bullying Prevention Month at Pacer.org.
Free Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid Training
Join the City of Albuquerque and New Mexico Department of Health for free trainings this month!

Suicide Prevention (QPR)
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.– 2:30 pm or 3:00 p.m.—4:40 p.m.
Location: Los Duranes Community Center Rm. 129
2920 Leopaldo NW 87104; Albuquerque, NM 87111

Mental Health First Aid
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: West Mesa Community Center
5500 Glenrio Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Schools and Suicide Prevention
Reducing the risk of youth suicide requires making positive changes. To help make it easier for schools to prevent, assess, intervene in, and respond to suicidal behavior, The Trevor Project has collaborated to create a Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention. This modular, adaptable document aims to help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. Download the fact sheet and full policy at: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/education/model-school-policy/. This model policy was created in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.
HPV Quality Improvement Project
The American Cancer Society is offering tailored technical assistance and support to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to increase human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination rates through the HPV VACs (Vaccinate Adolescents against Cancers) quality improvement project. To support these efforts, a limited amount of funding is also available to FQHCs from the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Comprehensive Cancer Program.   

Purpose: To increase HPV vaccination rates among children ages 11-13 
Focus population: Boys and girls ages 11-13
Project Design: Tailored technical assistance/support provided by the American Cancer Society 
Project Duration: Through June 30th, 2020. Depending on availability of funds, projects may be funded in subsequent years   
Funding Agency: New Mexico Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Program 
Funding Amounts for FQHCs: Dependent upon project scope*

*Although funding is available to support these efforts, receiving NMDOH funding is not a requirement to work with the American Cancer Society on this quality improvement project. 

Interested? For more information contact: 

Christine Brown, Program Manager, Comprehensive Cancer Program via email: christina.brown@state.nm.us or phone: (505) 222-8609

Cecily Blackwater, Health Systems Manager, Primary Care via email:  Cecily.blackwater@cancer.orgor (505) 262-6029
Surgeon General's Advisory on Marijuana Use
The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory on the health risks associated with marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. Please read the advisory and educate your patients about the potential harms of marijuana on the developing brains of infants and young people.
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