A Note from the Executive Director
Good Riddance 2020 and Welcome 2021!

As vaccines arrive and more New Mexicans are protected, NMASBHC looks hopefully toward a healthier new year for our state's children. We hope all of you had an opportunity for moments of joy and respite during holiday vacations and celebrations. As we move into 2021, we are embracing all of the opportunities for growth and celebration that our field has before it. Please read on for more information about a number of these, and please join us in efforts to spread the good word about school-based health care as the legislative session and nation School-Based Health Awareness month (February) approach.

Wishing all of you good health and much happiness in this new year!

Nancy Rodriguez,
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 2021 Calendar Update
As our state’s SBHCs pivot to serve the changing needs of New Mexico's students, so must NMASBHC pivot to meet SBHC needs. In that spirit, NMASBHC has decided to cancel the 2021 calendar.
So many SBHC provider team members are spread across multiple clinics or conducting telehealth from home that taking team photos has been a challenge for the field.
In the place of this tool, NMASBHC staff are looking at the surveys you submitted to see what your supply needs are. We hope to raise sufficient funds to meet some of those needs and will keep you posted about this effort. If you didn't complete the survey, or your supply needs have changed, please reach out to us with your new information. We plan to be back with a calendar in 2022!
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 Slated for Federal Reauthorization and Appropriation in Stimulus Bill - HR 2075
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 whether the draft appropriation of $5,000,000 will be included. 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
NMDOH-OSAH Progress Report for SBHCs
If you are an SBHC with a contract with NMDOH-OSAH, please note that the deadline for submitting mid-year progress reports has been extended until January 22, 2021.

This was discussed during the December Data meetings with OSAH, Apex and NMASBHC. The updated progress report will collect data that is reflective of the current limitations due to the pandemic. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kristin Oreskovich at kirstin.oreskovitch@state.nm.us.
OSAH 2019-20 Annual Report Coming Soon!
The NMDOH-OSAH Annual Report for 2019-20 school year will be published in January and available at https://www.nmasbhc.org/tools-resources/health-medicaid-resources/. 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 to January 20, 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 Jan.-March
A NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings are scheduled for January 20th 2020 8:30am-4:30pm and January 21st 2020 8:30am-2:30pm, February 17th 2020 8:30am-4:30pm and February 18th 2020 8:30am-2:30pm, and March 17th 2020 8:30am-4:30pm and March 18th 2020 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
NM PED Surveillance Testing
This is the guidance from PED regarding requirements for school staff surveillance testing effective January 4th, 2021. Please note that this testing does not include SBHCs; it is for district employees and contractors. However, we understand that you may get questions since you are the campus health experts so we wanted to share. This guidance was sent to Superintendents on 12/15/20. The video includes many questions and answers that may be helpful.

The COVID-19 surveillance testing program for PED will transition Jan. 4, 2021 from DOH Public Health sites, FQHCs, hospitals, and other physical test sites to at-home, saliva-based testing through the vendor Vault Medical Services. Districts/schools will be required to conduct COVID-19 surveillance testing on 10 percent of staff two weeks prior to the start of in-person student services and any weeks in which in-person student services are provided by a school. 
The presentation was first held Monday afternoon, and the video is available HERE.
LARC Virtual Trainings
The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

PMS/PMDD Webinar (1 CME avail)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12 PM - 1 PM (Click Here to Register!)
Join us for our telehealth session of the LMP Reproductive Health Webinar Series at 12pm (MST)! This webinar will discuss PMS and PMDD. 1.0 CME offered at no cost!

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!

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.
Open SBHC Therapist Positions - PMS
Do you know a therapist who is passionate about supporting students and families in an SBHC?

There are 2 open positions at the Santa Fe SBHCs operated by PMS. Please share these opportunities with your networks; feel free to download and share the announcement at left or share the links below.

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. We'll share and announce other tools and events as the month approaches, but we encourage every SBHC to think of ways to acknowledge this national campaign in your own schools and communities, whether that is through Zoom visits to your SBHC, social media posts, or letters to the editor of your local paper. Please reach out to NMASBHC staff if you need support for your efforts.
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.
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:
January Health Awareness Activities

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.

The following are some resources:
New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care
www.nmasbhc.org | (505) 404-8059 | info@nmasbhc.org