December 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
This month includes the final days of service from our current Program Manager, Kim Stanek. She will be moving on to another position in public health after December 3rd. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for the 4+ years she has dedicated to NMASBHC as our Program Manager. This newsletter is one of many things that have grown and improved at NMASBHC through her expertise and dedication, and the staff and Board of NMASBHC would like to publicly share our gratitude to Kim for her years of hard work with the organization. While we will miss Kim, we know that she will be a lifelong advocate for school health services, wherever her career takes her. As we continue our search for a new Program Manager, please reach out to me directly if you need assistance.

And speaking of transitions, here’s hoping that the end of 2019 brings you time for rest, relaxation and reflection as one year ends and another is in sight! 

With warmest wishes,

Nancy Rodriguez
2020 NMASBHC School-Based Health Center Calendar
NMASBHC would like to thank the SBHCs who are featured in the 2020 calendar and our partners, donors, stakeholders, and legislators who support school-based health care across New Mexico. We hope the pictures and health education information included are inspiring and helpful. If you missed the deadline for the 2020 Calendar visit our website in January or after to submit a photo for the 2021 Calendar and check out the digital version of all previous calendars.

Congratulations to Bernalillo High School SBHC for being selected as our 2020 SBHC Calendar cover photo! We received so many great photos this year and we are excited this is our 4th year, producing a statewide SBHC calendar. Please reach out to us if you need additional calendars for advocacy efforts with school administrators, key stakeholders, partners, etc. in your community.

Our 2020 Calendar was made possible through a generous donation by Presbyterian Health Plan. Thank you so much for supporting school-based health care in New Mexico!
NMASBHC Visits East San Jose Elementary SBHC
The East San Jose Elementary SBHC is one of three stand-alone elementary school SBHCs in New Mexico. They have excellent collaboration with their school administration and a great connection to the local community. This team is doing great work keeping kids healthy and ready to learn!

Thank you for the wonderful visit! Pictured above is the UNM Medical Group SBHC team and Mr. Ortiz, the school principal.
Exemplary SBHC Awards Application Opens
January 2, 2020
Mark your calendars! The 2020 Exemplary SBHC Awards Application will open on January 2, 2020. Gather your SBHC teams and school administrators and start thinking about your plans to apply. Exemplary Awardees will receive scholarships to the Head to Toe Conference for 2021 and a custom Exemplary SBHC art piece to display in their clinic.

The application deadline will be February 29, 2020. Look for our January newsletter or visit the Exemplary SBHC page on our website for more information.
National School-Based Health Care Conference
Save the date! The School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) National School-Based Health Care Convention is in Denver, CO, on June 23-25, 2020 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

NMASBHC will offer a small number of adult and youth scholarships for the convention. Please watch our newsletter for application instructions in future months.

For more information visit SBHA's Website.
Thank you!
A huge thank you to everyone who support NMASBHC on #GivingTuesday this year. #GivingTuesday is the launch of the giving season and a movement to increase generosity all year.

Thank you for supporting the school-based health care movement in New Mexico!
SBHC Corner
Winter SBHC Partners Meeting and Potluck
Please join New Mexico Department of Health - Office of School and Adolescent Health and New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care for the Winter SBHC Partners Meeting and Potluck on December 17, 2019 from 11:30-1:30.

The School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Partners Team is comprised of state agencies, nonprofits, universities, SBHC sponsors, managed care organizations and other entities and individuals who come together to share information and support SBHCs. SBHC Partners Team Meetings are typically held every quarter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Cooperative Educational Services (March, June, September, and December).
Save the Date!
Head to Toe Conference: April 14-16, 2020
New Mexico's go-to conference for people working to improve student health and academic success is back for its 24th year. The SBHC Pre Conference will take place on April 14th. Registration opens in January. Check out the Head to Toe website or check our January newsletter for more information.
New Mexico Department of Health SBHC 4 Year Report
The New Mexico Department of Health - Office of School and Adolescent Health (OSAH) has released their 4 year SBHC report. You can download the full report here. If you have any questions please contact Jim Farmer at NMDOH - OSAH.
LARC Mentoring Program - Free Training Opportunities!
The LARC Mentoring Program  is aimed at increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) for all women of reproductive age in New Mexico. This is accomplished by training primary care providers in LARC procedures and improving clinic flow, billing and coding for more efficient patient care.  Sign up  for   LMP newsletter  for up-to-date training opportunities!
Human Services Department/Medicaid Updates
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings
The PED Training sessions for Presumptive Eligibility Application Assistants continue. As of the publication of this newsletter, the December trainings announced are on December 9 th and 10 th . However, please contact HSD at the email address below to get information about other 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 or at (505) 476-6813.
Save the Date: 
First MCO SBHC Advisory Committee Meeting of 2020
The first MCO SBHC Advisory Committee meeting of 2020 will be on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:30pm. This meeting will be hosted by Western Sky Community Care at their headquarters in Albuquerque. SBHC or MCO partners wishing to attend should reach out to Nancy Rodriguez at NMASBHC at for further details.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
WEBINAR: School Crisis Mental Health Recovery: A Community and School Partnership Preparing for Mental Health Emergencies
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on the School Crisis Mental Health Recovery: A Community and School Partnership. This webinar will demonstrate the importance of school and community partnership when preparing for mental health emergencies. The attendees will learn key factors; Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) and an evidence-based crisis intervention training curriculum to build capacity for mutual aid during immediate and long term postvention efforts for schools. 

Join Twila Becenti-Fundark, MSW, LCSW, a licensed mental health professional who currently works as the Northwest School Mental Health Advocate for the New Mexico Department of Health and CDR Richard E. Skaggs Jr., who is the District Injury Prevention Specialist for the Indian Health Service with the Shiprock Office of Environmental Health & Engineering discuss partnerships and mental health emergency preparedness.

Friday, December 6, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 MST
Open Enrollment Ends December 15th
With less than 2 weeks left to enroll in healthcare for 2020, let's not forget that many of our immigrant communities are now eligible for coverage! Health doesn’t see immigration status and neither should health insurance.

Please share these resources with the people you serve and visit for more resources to connect your community to healthcare coverage.
Southern New Mexico Training Opportunity:
Expanding Reproductive Autonomy & Contraceptive Access 
When: January 27, 2020
Where: Las Cruces, DACC Workforce Center 

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.
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