A Note from the Executive Director
2020 is bringing us a back-to-school season like none other. We might ordinarily be filled with excitement about the opportunities to improve children's health with the launch of a new school year. However, the ongoing pandemic and resulting "virtual" school re-opening poses a number of challenges. We know that the school-based health care field is responding with an expansion of telehealth and extensive collaboration with school leadership. We hope that NMASBHC can provide support as it's needed. We've published an SBHC reentry guidance tool, and we encourage the field to use it to guide that collaboration (see below). Additionally, we are working on a tool for telehealth expansion; stay tuned for more on that. And, as always, please reach out to us if we can help or if you have best practices we can share with the field.

Wishing you good health,

Nancy Rodriguez,
COVID-19 - NMASBHC Reentry Guidance Document for SBHCs Published
As our state’s public health response to the pandemic of COVID-19 continues to unfold, the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care and the school-based health centers we support are all in the process of discerning how to respond appropriately. NMASBHC worked with partners from OSAH, PED and various SBHC providers to create the Guidance for New Mexico School-Based Health Centers for 2020-2021 School Reopening/Reentry, released 07/20/2020.

Visit the NMASBHC COVID-19 webpage section on COVID-19: https://www.nmasbhc.org/covid-19-information/ to download the newly published guide, which provides a checklist for your review with school leadership and partners.

If you would like to contribute information and suggestions for the NMASBHC guidance on reentry, contact NMASBHC staff. We are also interested in updates on what you are planning and what your school hosts are requesting of you.

NMASBHC Board Members
As Fiscal Year 2020 comes to a close, we would like to thank our outgoing Board members:
Gustavo Gutierrez and Marnie Nixon.

Thank you to Patsy Nelson, our outgoing Board President for her service, and we welcome Carole Conley as the Board President for Fiscal Year 2021.

Our Board of Directors is vital. Each member dedicates their expertise, time and valuable resources to improve healthy outcomes for families and youth in our communities.

Fiscal Year 2021 Board of Directors:
Melody Avila
Christine Cogil
Carole Conley
Elizabeth Dickson
Therese Hidalgo
Paula LeSueur
Elaine Luna
Tom MacLean
Mary Morse
Patsy Nelson
Ernesto Robles
Kim Sabo
Adrianne Turner
David Vigil
Danielle Wheeler
2020 NMASBHC Calendar

In August, we feature Mora Valley SBHC.
Pictured are: Alexandra Vigil, Amy Weiss, Jessica Lucero, Jacob Romero & Tanya McClintock
Mora Valley SBHC is sponsored by Mora Valley Community Health Services, Inc.
Thank you to Mora Valley SBHC team for their service!

Thank you to all the SBHCs who contributed photographs for the 2020 SBHC Calendar.
A special note of gratitude to this year's sponsor: Presbyterian Health Plan Inc.
Summer School with the SBHA
In place of the Annual Convention, the School-Based Health Alliance is hosting a five-part virtual learning series— Summer School with the School-Based Health Alliance .

Three more sessions remain in the virtual series on pressing topics.

Please find a description and registration link for all webinars below.

August 5, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST,  Building Trauma-Sensitive Environments
For those who interact with students or supervise staff who do, an understanding of trauma-informed practices is critical to working with returning students. Webinar presenters will discuss best practices for establishing positive relationships with schools, focusing on trauma-sensitive strategies. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of trauma, practice using strengths-based language to facilitate difficult conversations, and will examine opportunities for collaboration between schools and SBHCs.

August 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST,  Hearing Hoof Beats From A Distance: Primary Care and Telehealth
As school-based telehealth care becomes more critical to maintaining students' access to care, many clinicians are venturing into a virtual approach to primary care. This webinar offers an opportunity to learn from presenters who deliver primary care via school-based telehealth. Presenters will use a "rounds-style" collaborative discussion of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients remotely based on clinical cases.

August 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST,  Developing and Implementing Tele-behavioral Health in SBHCs
School-based health centers are rapidly adopting and accelerating tele-behavioral health services. In this webinar, behavioral health care providers and administrators will describe their experiences implementing or adapting tele-behavioral health programs, identify challenges and opportunities discovered through this process, and discuss strategies and best practices for others moving forward.

Help NMASBHC with AmazonSmile in the App!
AmazonSmile customers can now support New Mexico Alliance for School Based Health Care in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click  here  for instructions.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
OSAH Operational Plan Due September 30th
The annual Operational Plan completed by all NMDOH/OSAH-contracted SBHCs will be due on September 30, 2020.

OSAH and Apex staff are working hard to make updates to the OP to include a COVID section where SBHCs can explain their operational changes. The OP should be ready for electronic login and submission in mid to late August.

Please watch for future communication from OSAH and Apex to announce details for submission.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
New Medicaid Regulatory Changes & Updates
The New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are loosening and changing a number of regulations in light of the current pandemic.

Please reach out to NMASBHC if you need assistance in navigating the new landscape, and visit the NM Medicaid portal ( https://nmmedicaid.portal.conduent.com/static/covid.htm ) for special and regularly updated policy direction related to the pandemic.

At present, these include new telehealth codes and resources, details on COVID-19 testing coverage, and special behavioral health guidance.
HSD Hunger Resource for Children
The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program will provide food to N.M. children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school through the National School lunch program (NSLP). #HSD #AllTogetherNM #PEBT. The Human Services Department has two hotlines for individuals to inquire about the status of their P-EBT benefits. The P-EBT Hotline is 505-660-4822, or they can call the Human Services Department Customer Service Center at 1-800-283-4465.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
LARC Virtual Trainings
The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Below are upcoming trainings.

Everything you need to know about the Pill - Part 1
Date: Tuesday, August 4th at Noon ( Register below! )
This webinar will discuss various topics on the pill. 1.0 CME offered at no cost! During this hour we will do the following:
1. Introduction and overview of the oral contraceptive pill 
2. Reviewing differences between monophasic, multiphasic, extended use, low progestin, progestin only 
3. Discussing how to choose the right OCP and when to switch

Everything you need to know about the Pill - Part 2
Date: Tuesday, August 11th at Noon ( Register below! )
This webinar will discuss various topics on the pill 1.0 CME offered at no cost! During this hour we will do the following:
1. How to guide a patient in quick start and skipping periods using OCPs
2. Review how to use oral contraceptives as a form of emergency contraception
3. Non-contraceptive uses of OCPs

Reproductive Health During COVID-19 - An update
Date: Tuesday, August 18th at Noon ( Register below! )
This webinar will discuss how to provide contraceptive health during CODID-19. 1.0 CME offered at no cost! During this hour we will do the following:
1. Review origin, basis, and terminology associated with the Reproductive Justice movement
2. Discuss reproductive health access during states of emergency
3. Discuss new management recommendations

Asthma Opportunity
Through funding and partnership with the NM DOH Asthma Control Program, NMASBHC is able to offer SBHCs the opportunity to participate in a mini-grant project to address Environmental Asthma Triggers. If you are interested, please contact NMASBHC staff ASAP. Selected SBHCs will be starting their projects soon.

  • To view the webinar and forms, go to the NMASBHC Asthma webpage, where you'll also find new tools for addressing asthma environmental triggers in the era of COVID-19.
Got Shots?
Got Shots?

NM's annual " Got Shots ?" provides opportunities for children to stay up-to-date on their immunizations.
From July 25 - August 15, 2020, participating providers will open their doors for any child who needs immunizations, regardless of whether they are a patient or whether they have insurance.
Find a  map and fillable posters . Many sites will provide Medicaid Eligibility services during the event.
The  New Mexico Primary Care Association   can help arrange for onsite Medicaid application.
To find a clinic location near you, go to www.immunizenm.org
The New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition (NMIC), the New Mexico Primary Care Association (NMPCA), and healthcare providers from across the state are helping parents prepare children for going back to school.
Special immunization clinics are being held from July 25th through August 15th for all children 18 years old and younger. The special clinics are part of the  Got Shots?  immunization campaign. 
School is right around the corner, and despite COVID-19 restrictions, children are required to be up to date on immunizations for school.  Got Shots?  provides many opportunities for parents to take their children for needed immunizations. Diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children are now a rare occurrence in the United States, and some have been eliminated completely. Immunizations are even more important for children and for families during the COVID pandemic.
“COVID-19 is a great example of why we need vaccines. While we don’t have a COVID vaccine yet, we are able to protect families and children against many diseases with safe effective immunizations. I encourage all New Mexico parents to take advantage of the upcoming clinics.”, said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel.
Participating providers will offer immunizations to any child, regardless of whether they are a patient or have insurance as part of  Got Shots?  Some providers hold clinics on weekends or evening hours to accommodate parents’ busy schedules. Parents should call ahead to the clinic to check if an appointment is needed.
In addition, due to COVID-19, there may be special procedures in place, such as waiting in the car until their child’s turn. Parents need to bring their child’s shot record and Medicaid or private health insurance card if they have insurance, even though immunizations are provided at no cost to parents.
The  Got Shots?  immunization campaign is organized by the New Mexico Immunization Coalition, which includes the New Mexico Primary Care Association and the Department of Health. This year 37 community health centers, public health offices, and private practices across New Mexico are participating in  Got Shots?
To find a clinic in local communities statewide,  people are encouraged to go online to  www.immunizenm.org  and click on the  Got Shots?  logo. The Department of Health provides immunizations at no cost year-round at public health clinics in every county for uninsured children. To find your local Public health office visit  www.nmhealth.org , however, please check with your local public health office for details about this due to COVID-19.
Need to locate immunization records?   VaxViewNM  enables individuals, parents, and guardians to access, save and/or print official immunization records. This eliminates the need to carry multiple or aged documents and allows you to access your shot record anytime you need. VaxViewNM is mobile friendly and uses two-factor authentication. Simply go to  VaxViewNM  to print a copy of your or your child's shot record.
Census 2020
There is still time to complete the 2020 Census. It is important to get funding for our community. Please find the Census Healthcare Toolkit provided by ICountNM.gov for resources including digital banners, newsletter messaging, postcards and other tools to encourage your patients and community to respond to the census.
NM YRRS & E-Cigarette Use
The New Mexico Department of Health announced on July 16, 2020 that current tobacco use by high school students has increased by 23% since 2009. The increase in tobacco use among youth is entirely due to the growing use of electronic vapor products, or e-cigarettes.

More than one-third (37.8%) of all high school students were current users of at least one form of tobacco. While current cigarette use among high school students has fallen dramatically over the last decade (from 24.0% in 2009 to 8.9% in 2019), current use of e-cigarettes has increased 24.0% to 34.0% from 2015 to 2019. This represents a 42% increase in e-cigarette use over four years. The study defines ‘current use’ as the use of tobacco products or other substances during at least one of the 30 days preceding administration of the YRRS.

More information about the YRRS is available at  Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey Program   or at  Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey . The summary can be located here .
August Health Awareness Activities
August 9-15, 2020 is National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week is an annual celebration intended the help raise awareness about the accomplishments of the Health Centers in America.

Are there any events planned at your clinics/health centers?

The following are some resources:

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations are a very important way to prevent some serious illnesses.

Providers can utilize tools such as the HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series .

The following are some resources:

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