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A Note from the Executive Director
As the days grow shorter and colder, it feels natural to turn inward, seeking cozy time with loved ones. NMASBHC wishes you all a warm and joyful holiday season as you find those moments. We also offer you a number of options for warming up by thinking and working towards better outcomes for children's health and education!

Firstly, we encourage you to read yesterday's Washington Post Op-Ed, "Why It's Past Time to Make Children's Health a National Opportunity," co-authored by Robert Boyd, CEO of NMASBHC's national partner organization, the School-Based Health Alliance, and Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dean of the USC School of Education (and consultant on the NMPED Strategic Plan). I couldn't agree more with their sentiment, "The pandemic has further devastated the health and well-being of America’s children, especially those from low-income families. While issues like school safety, teacher salaries, and the decline in student test scores have received the majority of attention, it is time for policymakers to recognize the obvious: healthy kids learn better." You can read the full article, including a recommendation for increased federal investment in SBHCs at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/11/29/making-child-health-national-priority/.

Secondly, we urge you to share your voice regarding the benefits of school health investments with legislators, state and federal, who may be in your communities over the winter break. Our state legislators will be considering an historic increase in funding for SBHCs during their 2023 session, and we need them to hear from you that you support that investment. When we begin providing information to legislators, we're hoping to share quotes from partners, students, parents, teachers, providers and others who know first-hand about the value of SBHCs. Could you email us quotes from yourself and those you serve that we could use? We hope you will consider it.

In the meantime, the staff and Board of NMASBHC wish all of you warmth and good health in the final days of 2022!

Nancy Rodriguez, nancy@nmasbhc.org
2022 NMASBHC Calendar

November/December features the Santa Teresa & Desert Pride SBHC Teams, sponsored by La Clinica de Familia.

Thank you for all the SBHCs who participated and submitted pictures! See below for submitting for the 2023 calendar!

Read below for information about the upcoming 2023 calendar. If you have any questions, please contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org
Project ECHO for SBHCs
Happy Holidays! No December Sessions.
Return in January: January 10th & January 24th
NMASBHC continues to collaborate with Project ECHO, OSAH, Molina and other partners to create an educational and professional development community of practice for SBHCs in New Mexico.

Sessions are on the last Tuesday of the month from 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM MST. Visit the SBHC ECHO Resource Library to see recordings of prior sessions, as well as resources.

Continuing education credits are available for free! Register HERE.
Find flyers and more information on our website or the SBHC ECHO Resource Library.
NMASBHC SBHC Planning Workshop
Please join NMASBHC for our SBHC Planning Workshop on Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00 AM. The topic this month is SBHCs and Community Integration.

Anyone is welcome to join. Please feel free to pass this event along to others in your organization or community who are interested in this topic.

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Meeting ID: 865 1906 2108
Passcode: 471481
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2022 NMASBHC Annual Directory Update & SBHA Census
The 2022 NMASBHC Annual Directory Update and SBHA Census is past due. The information is especially vital as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session.

If you have not completed it yet, please complete as soon as possible. Please complete for each SBHC.

If you have any questions, contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org.
2023 NMASBHC Calendar - Last Call
We are doing a last call for submissions for the 2023 Calendar, featuring NM SBHC Teams. Submit your picture either on the NMASBHC Website or email wilma@nmasbhc.org by Friday, December 2nd.

See the NMASBHC Website for details and entries.
NMASBHC Youth Advisory Group
The Youth Health Advisory Group supports youth to advance health care access for their peers, share expertise on health-related topics and give important youth voice to the field of school-based health care. Participants will engage in activities and projects that can provide critical input to the development and delivery of services, and advocate for SBHC services across the state. 

If you have youth that might be interested, please encourage them to apply and complete the application as soon as possible. We are accepting applications for the 2022-23 School Year. For any questions, visit our website or contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org.
SBHC Partners Meeting
The Quarterly SBHC Partners Meeting is coming up:

Tuesday, December 13th at 11:30 AM.

Please check your emails for the agenda and attendance info.

If you do not receive the email with the agenda, contact Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Operational Plans

Mid-Year Progress Reports for the Operational Plans are open on the Data Hub. They are due on December 15th.

If you have questions, please communicate with Kristin Oreskovich at Kristin.Oreskovich@state.nm.us

Head 2 Toe 2022
Thank you for joining us for 2022 Head 2 Toe!

We enjoyed seeing you all during the SBHC Pre-Conference session.

We also enjoyed taking a moment to recognize those who positively impact SBHCs in New Mexico.

Thank you!!
HSD/Medicaid Updates
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Training
 Presumptive Eligibility Determiner trainings for December are set for December 14th and 15th. If you have staff that need the training, please contact HSD at the email address below to indicate the need to register for the training. Contact at HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us 
or call (505) 476-7151.

Please note that it is very important to have your SBHC team up to date with eligibility determination. This an NMDOH-OSAH requirement, but many families may need support in finding out if their COVID-era coverage is winding down in 2023 as well.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities and Community Announcements
NMPHA Health Policy Forum

Friday, December 2, 2022

NMPHA 19th Annual Health Policy Forum

Building Resilience Towards Hope

FEATURING: Keynotes, Legislative Panelists, Policy Proposals, & Breakout Sessions on Crucial Public Health Policy Issues

FREE Virtual event with CE credits available. 

LARC Virtual Trainings

The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Reproductive Health Asynchronous Trainings
Provide 1.0 CME each

These recorded webinars on Moodle address multiple reproductive health concerns each providing 1.0 CME each after creating an account with UNM HSC moodle and completing the required surveys.

Virtual IUD Practicums

If you or your team are interested in virtual IUD practicums, 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 Albuquerque: Register a month ahead. We can send you a box of everything you need with postage to send it back! Click to register.
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.
SBHC Positions
SBHC Staff are amazing!
Please feel free to share these open positions with your colleagues and peers.

Family Nurse Practitioner - Santa Teresa SBHC

Mental Health Therapist - Santa Fe HS Teen Health Center
Mental Health Therapist - Independently Licensed - Santa Fe HS Teen Health Center

Behavioral Health Therapist - School Based Health Center - Las Vegas, NM
Clinic Coordinator - School Based Clinic - Taos, NM
Clinic Coordinator - School Based Clinics - Roy & Wagon Mound
Medical Assistant - EVHS/CVMS SBHC - Espanola, NM
Medical Assistant - Penasco Clinic/Penasco SBHC - Penasco, NM
SBHC Program Coordinator - Espanola, NM

Certified Medical Assistant – SBHC & Primary Care Clinic – Albuquerque, NM
Certified Medical Assistant - Atrisco Heritage Clinic - Albuquerque, NM
Outpatient Clerk – SBHC & Primary Care Clinic – Albuquerque, NM
Psychologist – SBHC & Primary Care Clinic – Albuquerque, NM

YRRS Roadshows
The NM-YRRS is the New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey, and the upcoming virtual Roadshows present results from the most recent survey, conducted in the fall of 2021. Data is collected about risk behaviors, protective factors and health from more than 35,000 middle- and high-school students. In-person Roadshows with local findings will take place around the state in the Spring.

The survey results will be of interest to policymakers, non-profit organizations, parents, government officials, and others who work to improve the well-being of young people in our state. 

We invite you and your colleagues to view our schedule and register for these insightful interactive Zoom presentations at: 
Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition Program - NMSU ICAN
Are you or someone you know pregnant and want to prepare to feed yourself while pregnant or breastfeeding? Do you have a child and want to know what foods are safe and healthy for your baby?

New Mexico State University Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition Program (ICAN) can help. We inspire individuals and families all over New Mexico to live healthier lives and invite you to be a part of our free series classes that are hands-on and specific to your nutrition needs. We also help you find resources for food if you need them. We can host classes at an organization near you or in one of our offices throughout New Mexico.
In our lessons, you will learn:
  • To plan and prepare safe meals and snacks for a safe and healthy pregnancy
  • Healthy weight gain
  • How physical activity can benefit you
  • The importance of prenatal care
  • To understand baby’s hunger cues
  • And more

Whether you are a health care provider, pregnant woman, or a community organization, please visit our website https://ican.nmsu.edu/ or give us a call at 1-877-993-3697 to learn more!
December Health Awareness Activities
National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 5-9

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a reminder that it is time for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine.

CDC has NIVW resources, vaccination messages, and activities you can use to share key flu information with your networks.

 The following are some resources:
December 1st is World AIDS Day
December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day to come together to end the HIV epidemic across the globe. We all have a role to play, so let’s stop HIV together by learning how we can make a difference.

UNM Truman is sponsoring an event on Thursday, Dec 1st at ExpoNM.

The following are some resources:
Dec 4-10 is National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 1st -7th is National Handwashing Awareness Week!

As we see increases in flu, RSV, cold or other illnesses, it is important that we wash our hands and remind others to do so. This is a week to remind ourselves the contribution handwashing has made and continues to make in keeping us healthy!

Support NMASBHC this year!
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