January 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
Happy New Year! And here is hoping that each of you had a moment to pause, rest, and reflect over a winter break. As I look forward to all I, NMASBHC, our state, and our nation will be faced with and can accomplish in 2019, I am filled with hope, no matter how daunting the challenges may be. And there is one reason: youth. Everywhere I turned over the break, I was reminded that however much work there is that must be done, there is youthful energy, intelligence, and enthusiasm enough to accomplish it. Whether it was young people in the news, woke and working toward a better tomorrow (please check out Mari Copeny at https://www.maricopeny.com/; she’s an eleven-year old public health and justice warrior also known as Little Miss Flint who is inspirational in the extreme) or young people I know personally facing personal health crises with wit and progressive vision far outreaching that of their elders, I have been reminded that adults can learn a lot from the young. With that in mind, NMASBHC would like to honor those young warriors working in SBHCs and on their school campuses. The first five SBHCs that email me will get a copy of The Big Life Journal to gift to a student leader that you believe is deserving of recognition (just let me know whether you need the elementary or tween/teen version). One of my favorite quotes in the teen version of the journal is from Jim Kwik, and it says, “Your brain is a supercomputer, and your self-talk is the program it runs.” My self-talk for 2019 is: we can create access to healthcare for every youth in New Mexico. I hope you’ll join me in adding that program to your supercomputer!

Wishing you hope in the new year,

Nancy Rodriguez

P.S. Did you know we are working hard to get more funding for SBHCs? Please ask your organization to support HB 71, sponsored by Representative Liz Thomson. This bill could greatly increase the state's investment in SBHCs. And please join us at the state's Capitol on January 31st as we celebrate Primary Care Day (thank you to the New Mexico Primary Care Association for including us) and lobby our elected officials to support this bill!
2019 NMASBHC Calendar
Thank you to every SBHC who submitted photos for the 2019 Calendars. They have been printed and are being sent out to all SBHCs in New Mexico, SBHC partners, stakeholders, state legislators, federal legislators, and many others.

We would like to congratulate the featured SBHCs for 2019:

Cover - Santa Rosa High SBHC
January - Socorro High SBHC
February - Mayfield High SBHC
March - Lovington High SBHC
April - Cenennial High SBHC
May - Gallup High SBHC
June - Santa Fe High and Capital High SBHCs
July - Raton High SBHC
August - Española High SBHC
September - Ruidoso High SBHC
October - Gadsden High SBHC
November - Atrisco Heritage High SBHC
December - Oñate High SBHC
Inside back cover - Pojoaque Valley High SBHC
2020 Calendar at a glance - Mora Valley SBHC, Santa Teresa SBHC, and Hatch SBHC

If you would like more information about the 2019 calendar please contact, info@nmasbhc.org.
NMASBHC Visits Silver City with LARC Mentoring Program
Dr. Helen M Oquendo del Toro, Nancy Rodriguez, Dr. Jane McGrath, Dana-Ben Seeland, and Andrea Sandoval gathered with more than a dozen providers from Hidalgo Medical Services for a special LARC access training, presented by the LARC Mentoring Program at UNM and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Many thanks to HMS for hosting and for engaging in this important initiative!
NMASBHC Staff Member Graduates!
We would like to congratulate our wonderful staff member, Courtney Clifford, on her graduation from nursing school last month. Courtney came to us as a health education intern from UNM and following her graduation was hired on as a staff member for NMASBHC. We are grateful for all of Courtney's hard work and look forward to having her on staff as she begins her nursing career in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at UNMH.

New Website Launching this Month!
NMASBHC is excited to announce that we will be launching our new website this month! We would like to thank everyone for their patience these last several months as we have worked hard to overhaul our old website. We hope the new website will make it easier to access resources, request support, and understand the reach and impact SBHCs have across our state.

As we transition to our new website we will also be transitioning our staff email addresses at NMASBHC. You can now contact us at the email addresses below.

Nancy Rodriguez, Executive Director

Kim Stanek, Program Manager for Constituent Services

General Information

(emails to the old addresses will be forwarded for approximately 6 months)

Thank you to our funders, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and New Mexico Department of Health, for making this transformation possible.
SBHC Updates
Exemplary SBHC Application Open Now!
It is that time of year again! The 2019 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 kim@nmasbhc.org.

Applications are due February 28, 2019

Asthma Environmental Triggers Project
Grant Opportunity
Five school-based health centers serving students in  San Juan, Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Rio
Arriba, and Doña Ana  counties will be selected to implement local activities to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers. The selected SBHCs will each receive a stipend of $4,000 to implement an asthma environmental triggers project starting January 2019 with a completion date of June 30th. Technical assistance from NMASBHC and tools and resources to better support the asthma management and prevention needs of students with asthma will be provided as part of the project.

Here are resources and examples of projects done in New Mexico and across the country.

To apply, download the RFA below and submit to kim@nmasbhc.org by January 18, 2019.

This project is possible through funding from New Mexico Department of Health Asthma Control Program.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Brand New: Basecamp for NM SBHCs
Check your email January 4th for your invitation!
As you may have noticed, there have been no SBHC coordinator calls this school year. We are switching over to the utilization of a cloud email-based communication system called Basecamp as a way for SBHCs across the state to stay connected with each other and with the SBHC partners (e.g. NMASBHC & Apex Evaluation). 

We will be hosting and facilitating conversations through Basecamp for the SBHC field, including coordinators, providers, medical directors, administrators, etc. You can participate in regular check-ins to ask other SBHCs as well as partners questions on a regular basis, with all the replies rolled up in one easy-to-digest thread. 

In the beginning we will pose questions we have heard from the field, but, at any time, you also can pose questions to other SBHCs, OSAH, NMASBHC, or Apex. We hope this communication avenue will allow you to connect with SBHC teams across the state as well as the SBHC partners in a way that fits with your busy schedules. 

We will be hosting a call to fully introduce this new tool on January 10th at noon. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions in the meantime. If you cannot attend this call it will be recorded and shared as a Basecamp resource. We will be sending out the instructions for the call in a separate email to all SBHCs.

If you do not receive an invitation please let  kim@nmasbhc.org know, and she will add you to the group!
Head to Toe SBHC Pre-Conference
Talk to your team about who will represent your SBHC at the SBHC pre-conference and Head 2 Toe Conference. Registration opens soon.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
Centennial Care 2.0 Launches
New Mexico Centennial Care held a special Open Enrollment Period from October 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018. During this time period, Centennial Care enrollees had the option to switch their Managed Care Organization (MCO) to one of the three contracted MCOs that will provide Centennial Care services from January 1, 2019 and beyond. The three MCOs that are available starting January 1 are listed below with their information numbers. If patients have questions or need to switch their MCO (because they were previously with Molina or United Healthcare), please encourage them to contact their assigned/selected MCO in the first 90 days of the year.

• Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico (1-866-689-1523)
• Presbyterian Health Plan (1-888-977-2333)
• Western Sky Community Care (1-855-688-6589)
Medicaid Open Comment Period Notifications
A number of policy and fee changes in Medicaid relevant to SBHCs are open for public comment until January 20th. Of particular interest may be the LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive) and SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention Referral Treatment) issues. Visit http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/2017-comment-period-open.aspx to view documents and see instructions for sharing comments.
BHSD Updates
Check out these new tools available from BHSD: 

Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
New Mexico Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness
The New Mexico Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness will educate young people, educators and other adults about the growing opioid epidemic and encourage healthy decision-making. An essential ingredient to a solution is stopping the spread of addiction through a message of abstaining from experimentation – if less young people are experimenting with these highly addictive drugs, less will fall victim to this often-fatal disease of addiction. The program seeks to educate students, teachers, and parents about the dangers, warning signs, and effects of opioid abuse, and also connect them with resources to deal with opioid abuse. Most of all, the program aims to recognize and promote healthy choices and demonstrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

MARCH 6, 2019 
NM SBHC Provider Featured in Documentary
The Providers
A documentary featuring rural northern New Mexico called The Providers is set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America. The documentary follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico that work at El Centro Family Health. One of the providers is Matt Probst, a primary care provider who works at SBHCs in Northern New Mexico. The full documentary is scheduled to be released in April 2019 on PBS. There are screenings across the U.S. at various film festivals and upon request. To get a preview, watch the trailer at http://theprovidersdoc.com/.

A screening will be scheduled at the 2019 Head to Toe School Health Conference.
January is National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month (NMM) is the largest-scale mentoring campaign nationwide, culminating each year with the National Mentoring Summit. The campaign was launched
four years ago by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

For more information and access to a Natational Mentoring Month Toolkit visit, https://www.mentoring.org/our-work/campaigns/national-mentoring-month/.

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