April 2018 Newsletter
April 17th-19th
The 2018 Head to Toe: a conference for people working to improve student health and academic success, will take place April 18-19 2018. The SBHC Pre-Conference will take place on April 17, 2018. We strongly advice all SBHCs to attend the SBHC Pre-Conference as well as the full conference. Click here to register.
April 2018 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
As the school year begins its inevitable downward slide, the SBHC field simultaneously makes one final push for healthcare outcomes and begins planning for the next school year. In both of these, there lies opportunity, and NMASBHC would like to remind you we are your partner in opportunity. Whether that partnership involves supporting the field’s professional development at the Head to Toe SBHC pre-conference (see reasons to register and reminders below), celebrating SBHCs that exemplify the best in the field (join us at the SBHC Exemplary Luncheon during the pre-conference), or looking for input on how we can help next school year (complete a needs survey at the pre-conference and get a free raffle ticket!), we are here for you. This newsletter includes a number of resources and opportunities for you; we also look forward to talking with you at Head to Toe to discuss these in person. 

Best wishes and congratulations on your service in this school year,

Nancy Rodriguez

NMASBHC Updates
Molina Healthcare Supply Cupboard Mini Grant Awards
Molina Healthcare's Jessica Sanchez presents Manzano High SBHC with their Molina Healthcare Supply Cupboard Mini-Grant
A huge thank you to Molina Healthcare for helping NMASBHC provide mini grants to SBHCs and School Nurses across New Mexico. We received 26 applications and through the generosity of Molina as well as the NMASBHC Board, who agreed to match the original Molina grant at 75%, we were able to fund every applicant. This process highlighted how great the need is for supplies, particularly food and hygiene products, and we hope these grants help offset some of the out of pocket costs for SBHC provider teams and school nurses. 

2018 Molina Healthcare Supply Cupboard Mini Grant Awardees

1. Albuquerque High SBHC
2. Albuquerque High School Nurse
3. Atalaya Elementary School
4. Ben Archer Health Center (5 SBHCs)
5. Carlos Gilbert School
6. Carlsbad High SBHC
7. Cuba SBHC
8. East San Jose SBHC
9. Estancia Valley Classical Academy
10. Gallup High SBHC
11. Jemez Valley Public Schools
12. Manzano High SBHC
13. Mescalero Apache SBHC
14. Mora Independent School District
15. Mora SBHC
16. Moriarty, Route 66, & South Mountain Elementary Schools
17. Nina Otero Community School
18. Pinon Elementary School
19. Pojoaque Valley SBHC
20. Raton SBHC
21. Raton School District
22. Santa Rosa SBHC
23. Socorro SBHC
24. Taos High School
25. Van Buren Middle SBHC
26. Washington Middle SBHC
NMASBHC Annual Raffle Tickets on Sale Now!
Contact Kim Stanek at kimstanek.nmasbhc@gmail.com if you would like to support us by purchasing raffle tickets. We are happy to sell by mail!
SBHC Updates
SBHA Annual Convention
This year's National School-Based Health Care Convention is shaping up to be one of the most captivating ones ever. The annual convention will be in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24-27. The theme for this year's gathering is "Fueling Your Growth in Confidence, Competence, and Vision." Early bird registration is open through May 9, 2018. If you will be attending this year please let Kim Stanek, kimstanek.nmasbhc@gmail.com, know so we can connect with you while we are there!
New Mexico Conference for School-Based Dental Providers and Online Webinar
To register please email HSC-School-Based-Dental-Providers@salud.unm.edu with your contact information, affiliation, and if you plan to attend in person or join via Zoom Webinar.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Head to Toe SBHC Pre-Conference
Don't forget to register your team for the Head to Toe SBHC Pre-Conference on April 17, 2018. The day will be filled with great presentation, the required DOH SBHC Business Meeting, the Exemplary SBHC Luncheon, and the NMASBHC Annual Celebration that evening. Don't miss this chance to network with other SBHCs across New Mexico!
Spring Forward With Your Quality Improvement Work at The Head to Toe SBHC Pre-Conference!
Attend the QI Quick-Start Lab at the SBHC Pre-Conference from 3pm-4pm or 4:15pm-5:15pm. All SBHCs welcome!

  • QI Lab is open to anyone who works in a SBHC
  • Design your own QI initiative 
  • Get support from a QI specialist 
  • Get support in implementing your interventions
  • Share results, methods, and successes with other participants 
  • Get quick, helpful tools to support interventions/data needs.  
  • We help with your part IV MOC and/or CME needs.  

Contact Carole Conley, CConley@salud.unm.edu, if you have questions.
SBHCs and Positive Effects on School Attendance
Student school attendance matters and the SBHC/school health program can help! Data show that poor health and undiagnosed conditions can cause too many absences. Even when absences are excused, missing too much school can lead children to fall behind. It’s also true that successful learners are healthier adults. We know that school health programs, including school-based health centers (SBHC), are uniquely positioned to address chronic absence. Click here to download the School Health Center Self-Assessment Tool from Attendance Works to help you determine what you are doing currently to address chronic absence and provide ideas for helping improve chronic absence in the schools you serve. Some schools have established Attendance Teams and representatives from your SBHC/school health program may want to be part of the Team.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
MCO SBHC Advisory Committee Meeting: April 10th
Interested in participating in the HSD-convened and NMASBHC-facilitated MCO SBHC Advisory Group? This quarterly meeting gives SBHCs, Partners, MCOs and HSD to address the many opportunities to improve health outcomes for Medicaid members in the SBHC setting. Contact nancyrodrigueznmasbhc@gmail.com for details about meeting location and call-in instructions. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the first month of each quarter from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The April meeting will be in Albuquerque, hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.
Head to Toe SBHC Pre-Conference to Feature MCO Session
Register now, if you haven't already, for the Head to Toe SBHC pre-conference. One of the featured sessions will be a presentation on MCO Behavioral Health supports. This session, coordinated by HSD, NMASBHC, and the four Medicaid MCOs, will cover tools and resources that provider teams can access for the support of patients seeking behavioral health services specifically. From provider incentives to educational print tools, the MCOs can be a support for this critical care provided in SBHCs. Hope to see you there!
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
State Adolescent Behavioral Health Consultant Job Announcement (Deadline 4/3/2018)
The Office of School and Adolescent Health-State Adolescent Behavioral Health Consultant position has been posted on the State Personnel Office website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/newmexico, search job number 74741.

The Adolescent Behavioral Health Consultant reports directly to the Health Services Manager of the Office of School and Adolescent Health, and in partnership with the Bureau Medical Director/School Health Officer and SBHC Clinical Operations Manager, is responsible for project management, planning, development and ongoing technical assistance and training to school health professionals, including school nurses, school mental health providers and SBHC program staff on school behavioral health practices and policy necessary to advance and ensure quality services for school-aged youth, and also informs youth suicide and youth engagement program development.   
Program Operations Director - UNMMG SBHCs Job Announcement (Deadline 4/4/2018)
The University of New Mexico Medical Group has posted the position for the Program Operations Director for the School-Based Health Centers. Visit, https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=UNMMEDICALGROUP&cws=1&rid=1379 to apply.

Working directly under the authorization and supervision of the Medical Director or other appropriate UNMMG Sr. Management official, manages and coordinates a major program or set of programs established to address a key area of specialized need within the UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) and the community. Provides advanced professional/technical leadership, consultation, and expertise within the program's area of focus, as well as day-to-day administrative and functional management of the program's activities and staff. Sets strategic direction, develops and implements work scope and related operational policies and procedures; establishes funding, and provides operational planning, budgeting, and assessment.
HRSA SBHC Grant Announcement
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the availability of up to $10 Million in funding for school health center capital investments. The agency is expected to make up to 100 awards to currently operational school-based health centers for the purpose of increasing “access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services.” The purpose of grant expenditures is limited to “minor alteration/renovation (A/R) projects and/or the purchase of moveable equipment, including telehealth equipment.” Personnel and services are not allowable.  Click here for the notice of funding opportunity announcement (HRSA-19-073). Deadline is April 17.  
April is STI Awareness Awareness Month
This STD Awareness Month, CDC and partners are reaching out to healthcare providers and patients alike with this very important message: Treat Me Right.

What does that mean? For providers, this involves many aspects of patient care – from fostering a trusting patient-provider relationship to ensuring that patients are correctly diagnosed and treated – and everything in between.

For patients, this means knowing what they can do to stay safe and healthy and how to directly ask their provider for the care that they need and deserve.

At a time when STDs are at a record high, it’s never been more important to protect your patients’ sexual health as a provider, or stand up for your own sexual health as a patient. Having a strong patient-provider relationship is always important, and the stronger these relationships are, the weaker STDs will become. Visit the CDCs page for more information and tools, https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/index.htm.
New OAH Adolescent Health Playbook
The newly released third edition of the TAG Playbook provides up-to-date information about today’s adolescents, a spotlight on youth with disabilities, and new action steps for helping youth prepare for and succeed in the workforce. Download the new playbook here https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/sites/default/files/tag-playbook-2018.pdf.
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