November 2017 Newsletter
What You'll Find in This Newsletter (click to jump to section)
  • A Note from the Executive Director
    • Exemplary SBHC Awards Application Now Available
    • Help Us Get Quotes from Parents About SBHCs!
  • SBHC Updates
    • Native American Community Academy Hosts NMASBHC
    • December 19, 2017 - Winter SBHC Partners Meeting/Potluck 
    • SBHC QI Learning Collaborative - Pediatric Overweight
    • New NMDOH BrdsNBz Materials
  • SBHC Sponsor Corner
    • Progress Reports Due - December 15th
    • SBHC Coordinator Call: Next Call - December 14th
    • September Coordinators Call Video Available Now!
    • 2018 Head to Toe: Save the Date and Registration 
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • Medicaid SBHC MCO Advisory Meeting: January 9th
    • Training for Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiners: Major Changes
    • Questions about Medicaid Billing?
  • Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Job Postings
    • CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on influenza; free CE credit available
    • Interactive Map for VFC Providers
    • Crisis Text Line
EDA Note from the Executive Director
While the approach of winter holidays can be a joyous time for some, I am struck by how many SBHC staff we have recently heard from about their levels of stress, burnout and secondary trauma. As most readers of this newsletter will know, often the young people and families being cared for in school-based health centers have experienced profound trauma, ranging from sexual abuse to prolonged hunger to self-harm. NMASBHC wants to do more to support SBHC provider teams so I am asking for a holiday gift from you:  send us your ideas for ways we can help you with this issue. We can make no promises, but we can listen and work hard to provide what you request. Secondly, we would like to offer a small gift to you: the first 15 SBHC personnel to email me will receive the choice of a copy of one of the three books listed below. Whether you choose to reach out to us or not, please check out some of the books and websites for support around self-care, and please take the time to take care of you. We know you are lifesavers, and we are sending you wishes for health and happiness.
  • The Resilient Clinician, by R.J. Wicks
  • Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk
  • Self Care for the Healthcare Professional: How to Gain Confidence, Take Control & Have a Balanced and Successful Career, by Katie Tietz
  • And finally, be mindful through the holiday season about how you can manage stressors. SAMHSA has good tips at:
Wishing you peace,

Nancy Rodriguez

nmasbhcNMASBHC Updates
NACA SBHC Hosts NMASBHC Staff and Board Members

A huge thank you to the Native American Community Academy (NACA) SBHC for hosting NMASBHC staff and board members at a November 9, 2017 visit. The NACA SBHC is sponsored by First Nations Community Healthsource who also sponsors Wilson Middle SBHC, Grant Middle SBHC, and Emerson Elementary SBHC here in Albuquerque. We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about your SBHC, the school community, and how you are serving the students at NACA. We appreciate all your hard work.

Exemplary School-Based Health Center Awards Application
It is that time of year again! The 2018 NMASBHC Exemplary Award application is now available. Start coordinating with your SBHC teams now and apply to be recognized statewide as an Exemplary Awardee. 

DOH supported and non-supported sites are encouraged to apply! We can't wait to see your applications! The application and instructions are available at . If you have any questions please contact Kim Stanek,

NMASBHC Seeking Quotes from Parents
We need your help!  One of the most popular documents that NMASBHC provided to legislators and policymakers in the last year had a powerful quote from a parent who utilizes the Ruidoso SBHC (Thank you REC IX!). To further publicize to New Mexicans the value of SBHCs, NMASBHC is hoping to create a new advocacy tool called, "Why Parents Love SBHCs!"  

Please start gathering quotes now! Click here to download an easy quote collection form. Every SBHC that submits a parent quote will receive a $10 gift card, which you can use at your SBHC or pass on to a parent. You can email typed quotes, scanned quote forms, or photos of quote forms to

highlights SBHC Updates
SBHC Partners Meeting & Winter Potluck: December 19th
Join us for the SBHC Partners meeting and Winter Potluck on December 19th  from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The meeting location will be Cooperative Educational Services at 4216 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109. Should you wish to call in, use: 1-404-602-9526 with passcode: 356589#. The call-in portion of the meeting will begin at 12:00pm to accommodate the potluck portion of the meeting. We look forward to you joining us. Bring your resources, requests and a dish to share with the group!  Contact if you have questions.

Pediatric Overweight Learning Collaborative begins in February!

Sign up for strategies to improve Pediatric Overweight clinical care and enhance your QI goals!
When:  February 7, 2018 (weekly sessions every Wednesday 12PM-1PM)
Where:  From the convenience of your office or desk space! ENM Zoom (link will be provided upon registration)
Focus: Pediatric Overweight
Goal:  To provide presentations & discussion that improves managing pediatric overweight efforts in SBHC's to enhance clinical outcomes and inform meaningful QI efforts.
If you are interested, please contact Maya Trujillo or Carole Conley  for registration information.

New NMDOH BrdsNBz Materials - Reproductive Health

Be on the lookout for a sample kit of the new BrdsNBz materials from the NMDOH Family Planning Program. They will be sending out sample kits to all SBHCs along with order forms to request more materials. If you do not receive a sample kit please use this order form to request free materials. For more information contact Julie Maes,

cornerSBHC Sponsor Corner
NMDOH SBHC Progress Reports Due - December 15th!
Envision New Mexico is here to help!
The mid-year review of the OSAH Operational Plans (OP) is fast approaching (December 15). Envision New Mexico is available to help you demonstrate the progress you have made this semester in your SBHC QI clinical content areas.

Medical Record Review tools are available for all the clinical content areas in the OPs and once completed, data can be returned to you to include in your reports in 1 week.  Ten (10) charts in the date range from September-November is the minimum required, however more charts demonstrate even greater progress.

In addition, Envision NM is requesting that you submit 5-10 additional charts that are just the comprehensive well exam (CWE). Comparing your QI choice content area to your CWE quality may highlight areas for quick improvement that are not obvious when looking at only one clinical area (e.g. asthma, obesity, behavioral health). Contact Maya Trujillo,  or Carole Conley, for support. 

SBHC Coordinator Calls: December 14th
If you are a DOH-contracted SBHC, watch your email for announcement of an upcoming and mandatory coordinator call. The first was in September and the next will be December 14th. The email with call-in/log-in instructions will come from Kristin Oreskovich. NMASBHC will be assisting in the facilitation of these calls. Please remember to designate an attendee to attend. Contact Nancy Rodriguez at NMASBHC or Kristin Oreskovich at OSAH with any questions.

September Coordinator Call Video Now Available!
September's SBHC coordinator call video is now available on NMASBHC's website. If you missed the September call,  Click here to watch the video!

2018 Head to Toe: Save the Dates

The 2018 Head to Toe: a conference for people working to improve student health and academic success, will take place April 18-19 2018. The SBHC Pre-Conference will take place on April 17, 2018. We encourage all SBHCs to attend the pre-conference as well as the full conference. Keep your eye out for information regarding registration in January.

hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources
Medicaid SBHC MCO Advisory Meeting: January 9th 
Interested in participating in the HSD-convened and NMASBHC-facilitated MCO SBHC Advisory Group? This quarterly meeting gives SBHCs, Partners, MCOs and HSD a chance to address the many opportunities to improve health outcomes for Medicaid members in the SBHC setting. Contact for details about meeting location and call-in instructions. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the first month of each quarter from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The January meeting will be in Albuquerque, hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

Training for Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiners:
On December 2, 2017, The Human Services Department's Medical Assistance Division (MAD) will implement a new process for enrolling individuals in Presumptive Eligibility (PE) coverage. 

All active PEDs were required to attend a training session in November. Any active PED who did not attend and complete one of the scheduled sessions will have their PED certification suspended, effective December 1, 2017. 

PEDs who fail to complete a PE Enrollment training session and are suspended may have limited opportunities in the month of December to complete a supplemental training session. Any PED who has not completed a PE Enrollment training session by the end of 2017 will have their PED certification terminated. To be reinstated as a PED, the entire PED certification course must be completed and a passing score of 90% must be achieved.

Due to the PE Enrollment changes and training sessions, the next new PED Certification training will not be held until December 2017.  

Please stay tuned for the PE Enrollment training schedule. F or more information on training sessions being scheduled for future months, please e-mail HSD at: or call 505-476-7151.

Questions about Medicaid Billing? - Send Them to Us, and We'll Get Answers
If you or your organization has questions about billing Medicaid, we are here to help. NMASBHC is working with each Medicaid Managed Care Organization to clarify existing questions about billing for asthma and sports physicals, and answers will be available in future newsletters. If you have other challenges or are looking for ways to improve your billing, please send your questions to in advance of January 10, 2018.

clinicClinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Postings
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on influenza; free CE credit available
CDC recently updated the Influenza module of its  web-based training course You Call the Shots. The nurse education training program has 16 modules on a variety of immunization topics (e.g., DTaP, Hepatitis A, Influenza, Vaccine Storage and Handling, Vaccines for Children). Continuing education credit is available for viewing a module and completing an evaluation. The training course is supported by CDC through a cooperative agreement with the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

The  I nfluenza module was updated in September to reflect the 2017-18 ACIP recommendations. Participants can access information about obtaining CE credit from the  You Call the Shots main page.

Interactive Map for VFC Providers
Here is a direct link to the interactive map where New Mexicans can type in their address to find a VFC provider near them: parents or youth find a provider near them they should call to make an appointment.

Crisis Text Line
The holidays are sometimes stressful for young people.  We all know how much the teens in our lives use texting to communicate. Share the 24/7 Crisis Text Line with the young people you work with before the winter break. A crisis doesn't just mean suicide: it's any painful emotion for which someone needs support.

Visit for more information.