A Note from the Executive Director
I have never heard the words pivot and flexibility more in my life than I have in 2020. While we may all be tired of being asked to make the constant shifts that this pandemic is requiring, the SBHC field has answered the call in stellar fashion. And, I want to let the SBHC field know that our organization is constantly singing the praises of the work you are all doing to pivot to meet the needs of New Mexico's children - to legislators, to policymakers, to partners across the state and nation.

While the pandemic is an undoubtedly a negative stimulus to change, NMASBHC has been so gratified to hear about the vision that SBHC sponsors and teams have shown in their alterations. There are certain to be innovations in healthcare that persist beyond the pandemic thanks to all of your hard work. To acknowledge that foresight, NMASBHC is changing our 2021 Exemplary SBHC Awards to recognize that innovation. Please read below for more information and make sure to check the January newsletter for the nomination/application form.

In the meantime, we wish all of you good health and holiday happiness in the waning days of 2020!

Nancy Rodriguez,
NMASBHC 2021 Calendar Update
As our state’s SBHCs pivot to serve the changing needs of New Mexico's students, so must NMASBHC pivot to meet SBHC needs. In that spirit, NMASBHC has decided to cancel the 2021 calendar.
So many SBHC provider team members are spread across multiple clinics or conducting telehealth from home that taking team photos has been a challenge for the field. We thank those of you who did submit photos, and we'll be reaching out to you with ideas for how to use them. In the place of this tool, NMASBHC staff are looking at the surveys you submitted to see what your supply needs are. We hope to raise sufficient funds to meet some of those needs and will keep you posted about this effort. If you didn't complete the survey, or your supply needs have changed, please reach out to us with your new information. And we hope to be back with a calendar in 2022!
2020 NMASBHC Calendar

In December, we feature Lovington High SBHC.
Pictured are Lovington High School SBHC Staff.
Back row: Araceli Landeros, Jordyne Taylor, Nancy Boland and Holly Willyard
Front row: Nora Rodriguez, Braiden Cooper (Mascot) and Lorena Rosas
Lovington High SBHC is sponsored by Nor-Lea Hospital District.

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.
Giving Tuesday - Support NMASBHC!
Giving Tuesday is December 1st, 2020

Be on the lookout for our Giving Tuesday email and video.

All donations support our services and advocacy to support school-based health care in New Mexico. You can also support NMASBHC through AmazonSmile and Smith's Inspiring Donations.
NMASBHC Recognition of SBHCs
A Change for 2021 - Vision Awards
To acknowledge the response of New Mexico's SBHCs to the pandemic and school closures, NMASBHC is pausing our 2021 Exemplary SBHC Awards to recognize the challenging but heroic pivot that the field has made. Coming soon, NMASBHC will announce a nomination process for our Vision Recognition process. The process will launch in early 2021 and be awarded in Spring 2021. Please watch the January newsletter and other communications from NMASBHC to find out how you can participate. We hope this will be a wonderful opportunity to thank those whose foresight both ensured health services for children and moved the field forward in 2020.
Advocate Now!
Your NM Representatives & Senators Need to Hear About SBHCs
Have you ever phoned or emailed your state legislator to share what is valuable about school-based health centers? Whatever your answer, now is the time to put that on your calendar. Due to the pandemic, opportunities for in-person discussions with legislators are limited. That is why now, more than ever before, we need you to reach out to your elected officials and tell them to support protection of funding for school-based health centers.

The state's budget has taken a major hit in 2020, and legislators will be faced with difficult decisions when they convene in mid-January. Ensure we maintain the important healthcare infrastructure of SBHCs by reaching out to your legislators. To find contact information for your officials, visit https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Find_My_Legislator. If you need support, don't hesitate to reach out to NMASBHC.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
NMDOH-OSAH Progress Report for SBHCs
Deadline Extended
If you are an SBHC with a contract with NMDOH-OSAH, please note that the deadline for submitting mid-year progress reports has been extended until January 15, 2021.

Please make sure your team sends a representative to the December data meeting to confer with OSAH further and learn how that data impacts your progress reports. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kristin Oreskovich at kirstin.oreskovitch@state.nm.us.
SBHC Partners Meeting - 12/15/20
A Focus on Success Stories
Save the Date:
SBHC Partners Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 11:30-1:30pm

Since we cannot have a holiday potluck as in past years, we'll be embracing the holiday season with a much-needed focus on success stories! We'll share some of the heroic work happening in the SBHC field; please bring your own successes to share!

To attend, please access via:
with Meeting ID: 653 485 399
or by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

For answers to questions or to request a copy of the agenda,
please reach out to Wilma John, NMASBHC Program Manager: wilma@nmasbhc.org.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
Medicaid Pandemic-Related Regulatory Changes & Updates
The federal public health emergency period has been extended to January 20, 2021, which extends provisions in a number of HSD/MAD regulatory directives. For SBHCs, it also means that there will be a continued suspension of recertification processes.

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.
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: December
A NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Training will be held on December 16-17.

Please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about the training offered and to register for 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 e-mail HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us or call 505-476-7151.
Open Enrollment Ends December 15th
Individuals have 45 days, starting November 1st through December 15th to secure health insurance for January 1st coverage. Visit www.bewellnm.com for more support in reviewing plans available, getting support via chat or virtual appointments and more.

If families need free or low-cost coverage, they also can use the NM Health Coverage Connector tool at: https://www.osi.state.nm.us/index.php/nmhealthcoverageconnector/.

Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
LARC Virtual Trainings

The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Emergency Contraception Webinar (1 CME avail)
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12 PM - 1 PM (Click Here to Register!)
Join us for our telehealth session of the LMP Reproductive Health Webinar Series at 12pm (MST)! This webinar will discuss various forms of emergency contraception. 1.0 CME offered at no cost!

Pregnancy Ambivalence Webinar (1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, December 15th at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
Join us for our telehealth session of the LMP Reproductive Health Webinar Series at 12pm (MST)! This webinar will discuss pregnancy ambivalence. 1.0 CME offered at no cost!

Virtual IUD Practicums

Virtual IUD practicums have officially begun!! If interested, join us via zoom to receive hands-on, individualized training with 2.0 CME at no cost!

If you are from Albuquerque: Register at least one week ahead of time. We can set up a pick up or drop off for the materials! 

If you are in NM, outside of Albuquerque: Register a month ahead. We can send you a box of everything you need with postage to send it back!

Receive your materials and take the pre-survey! Let us know when you receive the materials via text or email!

Join us via Zoom. Receive your one-on-one training with our clinical trainer. Take the immediate post-survey.

Return the materials. We will set up another pick-up/drop off or you can send the box back with the postage provided! If you are an LMP site you get to keep everything for future practice. If you are interested in becoming a site email us!!! You will receive 2.0 CME in 2 weeks time! Take the post-survey 3 months later.
Publication Offers Reproductive Health Services Tips During School Closures

Does your SBHC need new ideas for how to reach patients to provide reproductive health services to adolescents during school closures?

Check out Child Trends latest strategy publication at: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/strategies-for-providing-school-based-family-planning-during-covid-19. From using social media to share sexual health education to implementation of texting services to initiate appointments, the collection is a great summary of procedures that SBHCs are using across the country to make sure these vital services are provided to patients.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children are no longer covered by private insurance. Parents may not be aware that these children are eligible for free vaccines through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. VFC is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to certain children 18 and younger who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of the inability to pay. 

This updated 1-page handout for parents of children
ages 0–18 years is easy to share. 

NM has seen its first cases of Influenza.  Here is the Latest Flu Surveillance report. 
The NMDOH website, TogetherNM.org, has a page devoted to Flu information.
There are 23 New and Updated Ask the Experts Questions & Answers from IAC experts. This is based on recently updated ACIP recommendations.

To refer patients to a clinic in local communities statewide, or to make sure your clinic is listed, go to www.immunizenm.org. 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.
NMIC Annual Meeting & Celebration
NMIC is partnering with Comagine Health to host the NMIC Annual Update and Celebration by a Zoom meeting with 1.75 hour blocks on 3 consecutive days:

Tuesday, December 1 - 12 PM - 1:45 PM
Wednesday, December 2 - 12 PM - 1:45 PM
Thursday, December 3 - 12 PM - 1:45 PM
Dec 1st: Dr. Andrew Kroger, Medical Educator with the CDC will address vaccination decline during the pandemic and how to safely recall and catch children up. There will be an Influenza update, followed by a panel of local experts to discuss the status of COVID-19 vaccine planning in NM and Influenza status, including Dan Burke, Aja Sanzone, and Joelle Jacobs. 

Dec 2nd: Katie Cruz, NMSIIS Program Manager will present on NMSIIS as a tool for pandemic control, followed by some NMIC planning discussion. 

Dec 3rd:  David Forman, UNM CASAA, will present on motivational interviewing as a tool for influencing vaccine behavior. 

December Health Awareness Activities
December 1st
is World AIDS Day
There are many virtual events, such as the one planned by UNM Truman. There are also concerts, educational sessions, and appearances on social media.

The following are some resources:
With the ongoing pandemic, this year it is even more important to get your flu shots, to wash your hands, wear a mask and do all you can to protect your family and community.

These two awareness weeks are timely and highlight what we all have been trying to do for months.
December 1-7, 2020
is National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 7-13, 2020
is National Handwashing Awareness Week
New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care
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