A Note from the Executive Director
Let's Celebrate National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!

Please join us in efforts to spread the good word about school-based health care as the whole nation celebrates School-Based Health Care Awareness month in February. We're thrilled that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has made a proclamation to make New Mexicans aware of the important services of our field (see below). We're also using this opportunity to educate state and federal legislators about SBHCs. Next week, an email and video will go to every state legislator asking them to support the $2,000,000 increase in funding for SBHCs that the Governor's budget recommends. Please share that message throughout the 2021 legislative session and watch for alerts with details on advocacy opportunities.

Wishing all of you good health!

Nancy Rodriguez,
February is National SBHC Awareness Month!
Are you ready? NMASBHC is excited to increase awareness of the important healthcare services being provided through the state's school-based health centers in the month of February. Our national partner, SBHA, has a number of tools you can access to build awareness this month, including social media graphics. They can be found at https://www.sbh4all.org/school-health-care/awareness-month/. We encourage every SBHC to think of ways to acknowledge this national campaign in your own schools and communities. If you need support to accomplish that (e.g. draft letters to the editor of your local paper), please reach out to NMASBHC staff.
Also, make sure to follow NMASBHC on Facebook and Instagram.
NMASBHC Recognition of SBHCs
2020 Vision Recognition
To acknowledge the response of New Mexico's SBHCs to the pandemic and school closures, NMASBHC is pausing our 2021 Exemplary SBHC Awards.

Instead we are accepting nominations for the 2020 Vision Recognition to recognize the challenging but heroic pivot that the field has made.

Please visit our website to submit your nomination (due February 12th) for an individual, team or partner whose foresight both ensured health services for children and moved the field forward in 2020.
NMASBHC Board Openings
Are you interested in continuing to support School Based Health Centers in New Mexico? NMASBHC is seeking interested and committed individuals for open positions on our Board of Directors. We are accepting applications through March 1st, 2021. If you can't currently commit to joining the board, but still want to participate, you can also join a committee.
Go to the NMASBHC Website for the application and for more information.
NMASBHC Technical Assistance
We are working to respond to your needs. It was identified on the 2020 Annual Update and Surveys and again in the December Data calls with OSAH and Apex that there was a need for more support surrounding Marketing & Promotion and Telehealth. Many SBHCs are making great strides and coming up with creative answers to these challenging times.
We have compiled resources on the NMASBHC Website. We would love your feedback. Also, if you would like us to share your efforts with the field, we would love to include information about what has worked for you!
SBHCs Receive Federal Reauthorization and Appropriation in Stimulus Bill
NMASBHC and SBHA are excited to announce that the the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act of 2020 has been included in the language of the COVID relief bill that the Senate and House voted to approve. Additional details will follow about how the appropriation of $5,000,000 will be disseminated, though it will likely be through a HRSA competitive application process. This has been a long and hard fought battle that was championed by Congressmen Sarbanes and Upton and Senators Stabenow and Capito. Here in New Mexico, we are especially grateful to Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (now a Senator) and his staff for their support. Please stay tuned about what this may mean for New Mexico's SBHCs, but in the meantime, we can celebrate!
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
OSAH Request and Resources Regarding School Reopening - Urgent
With the Governor's announcement about allowing return to school on Feb 8th, OSAH is requesting that SBHCs please inform Kristin Oreskovich (Kristin.Oreskovich@state.nm.us) of your plans for provision of SBHC services. What changes will you make? When will you make those changes? Will you be offering COVID testing or assistance at the school? 

Resource Announcement: the DOH Public Health Division has offered COVID rapid antigen tests and Cue PCR-like tests and kits to SBHCs. When you respond to the request above, please also indicate if your SBHC would be interested in rapid antigen tests and Cue tests. 
OSAH 2019-20 Annual Report Now Available!
The NMDOH-OSAH Annual Report for 2019-20 school year has been published and is now available at https://www.nmasbhc.org/tools-resources/sbhc-data/. This overview document shares data and overview information for state and community leaders about the critical services being provided at those NM SBHCs which receive funding from the state. Please be sure to read and share this important resource.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
Medicaid Pandemic-Related Regulatory Changes & Updates
The federal public health emergency period has been extended through April 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 for special and regularly updated policy direction related to the pandemic.
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings for February-March
A NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings are scheduled for February 17, 2021 8:30am-4:30pm and February 18, 2021 8:30am-2:30pm, & March 17, 2021 8:30am-4:30pm and March 18, 2021 8:30am-2:30pm.

Please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about the trainings 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.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
Governor and NMPED Announce K-12
In-Person Learning Plan
Middle and high school students are included in a decision announced January 26, 2021 to expand in-person learning options beginning Feb. 8 for every district and charter school across New Mexico based on extensive preparations and protocols to assure student and educator safety.
The Public Education Department’s updated guidance for expanded in-person learning, approved by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, gives school districts and charter schools three options for in-person learning:
  • All schools — elementary and secondary — in all counties will be eligible to enter the hybrid mode, which means bringing back up to 50 percent of students at a time in order to maintain social distancing and to keep students in smaller cohorts to avoid virus transmission;
  • Districts and schools with fewer than 100 students may bring back all students in a 5:1 ratio with no more than six people per enclosed indoor space;
  • Districts/schools not ready to welcome back students into a full hybrid model may expand small-group instruction to all grades — maintaining cohorts — with up to 50 percent of students participating at a time.
For the full press release, visit https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/news-releases/. While every local school board must meet to make individual plans for re-opening, NMASBHC encourages every SBHC to reach out to school administrators to make a plan for supporting the next phase. More information is available at: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/reentry-district-and-school-guidance/.
ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience) Training on Responses to Suicide Crisis in Communities and Schools

Presented by Avi Kriechman, MD; Laura Rombach, MA; Amanda Browne, MSW, MPH; and David Lardier, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 9 AM - 1 PM

Registration: This presentation is Public - Open Invitation to All. There is no fee to participate in this webinar. Continuing education credits from various disciplines will be provided for attending this webinar. Details on how to claim these credits will be provided during the presentation.

Registration is required. Please use this link to register to secure an opening:

Please contact Laura Rombach at lrombach@salud.unm.edu for additional registration and logistical details.
SBHA Journal Article
The Future of Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers: Lessons from COVID-19 was published on 01-29-2021 in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. The article examines the stories shared during the Spring National School Based Health Alliance's Listening and Learning series to illustrate how SBHCs pivoted care throughout the early days of the pandemic.
LARC Virtual Trainings
The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Everything you need to know about the pill - Part 1 (1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
Join The University of New Mexico's LARC Mentoring Program kick off of their Reproductive Health Webinar Series with "Everything you need to know about the pill, Part I".This webinar is free, additionally 1.0 CME is offered at no cost!

Everything you need to know about the pill - Part 2(1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
Join The University of New Mexico's LARC Mentoring Program kick off of their Reproductive Health Webinar Series with "Everything you need to know about the pill, Part II".This webinar is free, additionally 1.0 CME is offered at no cost!

Managing complications of LARC (1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
Join The University of New Mexico's LARC Mentoring Program as we continue our Reproductive Health Webinar Series with "Managing complications of LARC". This webinar is free, additionally 1.0 CME is 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.
Seeking Trusted Voices
Seeking Trusted Healthcare Voices to Promote Vaccination
The NM Department of Health is seeking trusted voices to promote vaccination for COVID-19. State staff is currently scheduling individuals to record a Trusted Voices PSA via a short Zoom session. They are searching for representation from rural and urban communities around the state. The nomination portal remains open through Step Up to the Mic. Individuals may schedule their session immediately by clicking on this link (https://momentumsantafe.as.me/TrustedVoices). For more information contact Audrey Herrera-Castillo, Momentum Santa Fe by phone at (505) 671-0115 or email at audrey@momentumsantafe.com.
CDC Revises Back-to-School Checklists
How school looks in the second semester may change multiple times. As schools shift from virtual learning to hybrid models to full in-person education, they may seek guidance from SBHCs on policies and practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Whatever the situation, the newly revised CDC checklists for back-to-school planning are intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, prepare for the continuing school year. See the updated lists HERE.
Nightingale Nursing School Scholarships Applications Now Available
Each year, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence offers 20 $1,000 scholarships to New Mexico nursing students. The deadline to submit applications is February 18, 2021. For questions, email application@nmcne.org or call (505) 565-5811. To apply, visit: https://nmcne.memberclicks.net/2021_nightingale_application#/
Many families may have lost private insurance coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Children may be 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. 

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.

Getting the flu shot this season is absolutely important. The other hot topic is also the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine. The following are some resources for sharing information or explaining the COVID-19 vaccine:
February Health Awareness Activities
February is National Children's Dental Health Month.

Adult teeth emerge between the ages of 6-13 year old. Taking proper care of our teeth is an important skill for children.

Find some resources at:
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Find some images and resources at:

New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care
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