January 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director

Happy New Year 2020! This month is filled with exciting opportunities for NMASBHC, the school-based health care field, and you!

Firstly, please see our first article below to learn a bit about our new Program Manager. We are excited for Wilma John to join our team on January 13th and hope you will make her feel welcome. 

Secondly, we are thrilled to inform you that the budget recommendation released today by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee includes new funding in the amount of $1,350,000 for school-based health centers! Please join us in January and February to educate your state legislators about the importance of this funding to expand school-based health services - both hours and clinics - for New Mexico's children.

And lastly, please read on for many training, job and other learning opportunities in January. If you're like me, you already have several new year's resolutions (if you see a diet soda in my hand, knock it out!); however, we hope some of these resources support you with your professional growth.

With best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020,

Nancy Rodriguez

Introducing New NMASBHC Program Manager: Wilma John!
NMASBHC's Board and Executive Director are pleased to announce that our new Program Manager will join the team on January 13, 2020! Wilma comes to NMASBHC after 5 1/2 years as a Health Education Coordinator, based at Albuquerque High School. She was part of the AHS SBHC team that received the NMASBHC Exemplary SBHC Award in 2017. Throughout her career, Wilma has focused on families and children in various capacities, including as a Probation Officer, Case Manager, Health Educator, Instructor and as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Wilma is very excited to broaden her support for the school based health field in this new role. Please welcome her!
2020 NMASBHC Calendar
A huge thank you to all the SBHCs who contributed photographs for the 2020 SBHC Calendar. And a special note of gratitude to this year's sponsor: Presbyterian Health Plan Inc. Please watch the mail for your copy!
SBHC Updates
Exemplary SBHC Application Open Now!
It is that time of year again! The 2020 NMASBHC Exemplary Award application is now available. Start coordinating with your SBHC teams now and apply to be recognized statewide as an Exemplary Awardee.

All SBHCs in New Mexico are eligible to apply (DOH contracted and non-contracted sites). We can't wait to see your applications! Download the application packet below. If you have any questions please contact nancy@nmasbhc.org.

Applications are due February 29, 2020; Visit https://www.nmasbhc.org/school-based-health-centers/exemplary-sbhc-program/ for details.

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San Felipe and Bernalillo SBHC Visits
A special shout out to the San Felipe and Bernalillo SBHCs for hosting NMASBHC staff and volunteer visits at the end of 2019!

We were remiss in capturing photos of these wonderful teams, but we'd like to thank them for sharing their best practices, challenges and ideas.

If you'd like to host a visit, please reach out to our staff!

SBHC Sponsor Corner
Head to Toe SBHC Pre-Conference
Talk to your team about who will represent your SBHC at the Head 2 Toe Conference. Registration opens soon.
Save the Date!
SBHA National School-Based Health Care 2020 Convention:
June 23-25, 2020
NMASBHC encourages you to send a team! This year's convention will be as financially available as ever, located in our neighbor state of Colorado. For details, visit: https://www.sbh4all.org/training/convention/.

A number of scholarships will be available. NMASBHC has set aside a budget for adult and youth scholarships (stay tuned to future newsletters for details on applying).

Additionally, the National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center ( www.mhttcnetwork.org/native ) is sponsoring two Indigenous students at the convention. High school juniors and seniors interested in a career in mental health services are eligible. Applications are due January 31st; contact natasha-peterson@uiowa.edu for instructions and details.

HSD/Medicaid Updates
NMHSD Releases Report on State's Uninsured
The New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) funded a report, The Uninsured in New Mexico, which was released in December by the Urban Institute. The report finds that 187,000 New Mexicans (10.5 percent) under age 65 are uninsured. SBHCs are a critical partner in determining eligibility for Medicaid and can help address this need.

“Governor Lujan Grisham and HSD are dedicated to ensuring New Mexicans have access to quality, affordable health care coverage,” said Abuko D. Estrada, coverage innovation officer with HSD’s Medical Assistance Division. “With this data from the Urban Institute, the administration can tackle the challenge of increasing coverage and improving affordability for the over 187,000 New Mexicans, under age 65, who remain uninsured and the thousands more who are under-insured, struggling to pay for their medical care due to high out-of-pocket costs.” Over half of the uninsured are already eligible for coverage options available today, such as Medicaid or an Exchange plan. The administration is coordinating with our health insurance exchange, beWellNM, and developing targeted outreach and enrollment efforts to reach those New Mexicans and get them covered. For those that remain uninsured or underinsured, the administration is developing options that will help more hardworking New Mexicans get health insurance that works for their family’s budget.

NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings: January
Please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about trainings offered and to request 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 contact  Armando Muñoz  at  armando.munoz@state.nm.us  or at (505) 476-6813.

If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or would like more information on future training sessions, please e-mail:  HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us  or call 505-476-7151.

Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
Youth Suicide Prevention Training
This free training opportunity features school health expert, Dr. Avi Kriechman. Registration for the free training, located in Albuquerque, is now open!
Training Opportunity:
Expanding Reproductive Autonomy & Contraceptive Access 
When: January 27, 2020
Where: Albuquerque, NM

Join the LARC Mentoring Program and The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health for a one-day training to learn about best practices for provision of IUDs and implants! The course is certified for up to 7.25 CME/CE credit hours at no cost. All clinic staff are invited! This all-staff training is designed for clinicians, health educators, managers, billing specialists, and administrative staff. It includes an educational session for all staff as well as counseling skills and role playing session for health educators as well as a clinician practicum that goes over insertion and management. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Nicotine/Tobacco Use Training Options
If you haven't already, consider taking advantage of the NM Department of Health free online training modules related to tobacco/nicotine intervention. With the adolescent vaping epidemic in full force, NMASBHC and TUPAC are encouraging SBHCs to fully engage with efforts to tackle pediatric nicotine addiction.
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