A Note from the Executive Director
Yesterday marked the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the beginning of Pride Month. The movements to educate and activate people around the civil and human rights movements for African-American and LGBTQIA+ communities can march hand-in-hand with the movement to address the health and education access needs of our country's children. When you work to ensure that EVERY child has the healthcare they need in order to be successful in school and life, you are also working toward the overarching goal of the elimination of discrimination.

So, firstly, NMASBHC would like to say thank you to everyone engaged in that work. In particular, we thank those to whom we presented School Health Champion and Legacy Awards in May. If you weren't able to attend the event, please read below to see who we recognized. Secondly, we urge you to take advantage of the advocacy opportunities described in this newsletter. We hope all of your organizations will sign on to the letter supporting federal appropriations for SBHCs, and we urge you to reach out to members of Congress who are home this week! Please contact their offices, attend town halls, or invite them to talk with you about the value of school-based health centers in New Mexico.
 
Wishing you good health,

Nancy Rodriguez,
nancy@nmasbhc.org
NMASBHC Updates
Federal Advocacy Opportunity: Act Now!
Sign On in Support of $200 Million in Federal Funds for SBHCs
Deadline - Monday, June 14Please join us by signing on to the national School-Based Health Alliance's support letter to Senate and House Appropriations leadership calling for $200 million in new program funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs). $100 million within the Section 330 Health Centers Program for Federally Qualified Health Centers and $100 million in program funding for School-Based Health Centers reauthorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (PL 116-260).
Both appropriations allow sponsors to establish new SBHCs and expand services at existing SBHCs. Program authorization allows for funding to be used for equipment, clinical training, salaries, management of health center operations, and costs associated with expanding and modernizing existing buildings for use as a school-based health center.
2021 NMASBHC Celebration & Raffle
Thank You and Congratulations!

Thanks for joining us for the 2021 NMASBHC Celebration on May 26, 2021.

We honored the recipients of the Champion Awards, Legacy Awards and Vision 2020 Recognition. These amazing people continue to advance school-based health care in New Mexico. We welcomed our new board members and thanked outgoing board members. We also announced the winners of the Annual Fundraising Raffle.
Please help us welcome Irene
Irene Cantu will be joining the NMASBHC as an Administrative/Program Assistant! During her college career, she has worked as a program assistant with the UNM LARC Mentoring Program and UNM SBHCs. She has just recently received her Master’s in Family and Child Studies from UNM this May 2021.
 
Her future career goal is to be a primary care physician in New Mexico, to provide support to rural communities much like her own home town Hobbs. Irene is excited to be able to grow with NMASBHC and learn how to better support NM SBHCs in the future!
Project ECHO SBHC Series
SAVE THE DATE!
1st Session: June 29, 2021
NMASBHC has been busy collaborating with UNM Project ECHO, OSAH and other partners to plan an upcoming educational and professional development series for SBHCs in New Mexico.

Sessions will begin on June 29, 2021 and extend twice monthly through May 2022.

Mark your calendars for the first few dates:
June 29, July 13, and July 27, 2021.

We hope that the community of practice that is created will help SBHCs thrive during the transitions that the pandemic has necessitated.

Be on the lookout for details to attend the series.
SBHA Spring & Summer Sessions
The School-Based Health Alliance presents the 2021 Spring and Summer Education Series for School-Based Health Care Professionals, starting March 16, 2021, and running through August 31, 2021. SBHA will forego the traditional convention, and instead will offer multiple sessions and workshops virtually over five months, allowing for increased participation and low-cost CE opportunities.

Continuing education is made possible through the Weitzman Institute, the research, education, and innovation arm of the Community Health Center, Inc. The Series has a one-time fee of $50.00 for 1-10 CE or certificate of completion. There is no prorated rate for less than 10 sessions.

In support of improving patient care, this activity was planned and implemented by the School-Based Health Alliance and Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute and is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Additional CE credits are available for dentists, physician assistants, psychologists, and social workers.

2021 Spring and Summer Series Dates and Topics:
Session #7: June 16 - Reaching More Students Better: QI in Telehealth
Session #8: June 30 - Telehealth PlayBook 
Session #9: July 21 - Child Trends Reproductive Health
Session #10: August 4 - Reaching and Treating Diverse Patient Populations (tentative title)

All sessions are 60 minutes from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

SBHA "Be the Change" Youth Training
SBHA just announced the Save the Date for the next "Be the Change " Youth Training Program on July 26-29, 2021.

Check out the latest SBHA Youth Development Digest for upcoming webinars and trainings.
SBHA Census and NQI data
This year we are planning to submit the SBHA Census and National Quality Indicators (NQI) data on behalf of the SBHCs in New Mexico. Our partner, Apex Evaluation, has developed an online database called the Apex Data Hub where you can enter your census information.

OSAH-contracted statewide project participants: 
We have all the data that we need to submit the census and NQI data on your behalf. We will need to get Data Sharing Agreements between your sponsoring organization and SBHA signed which we will be discussing on the data snapshot calls coming up this June. All NQI data will be sent to you for approval before sending to SBHA.

For those not participating in the OSAH statewide project:
We want to submit the data on your behalf as well. At a minimum, NMASBHC will share the directory data you submitted in Fall of 2020. If you would like to have us submit your more detailed census data to SBHA, please let us know and we will have Apex reach out to you with login information to the online Data Hub. If you would like to have Apex compile and submit your NQI data, we will need to work with you to extract your visit data from your EHR. All NQI data will be sent to you for approval before sending to SBHA. We will also need to set up a few agreements that will allow Apex to receive and submit your data to SBHA:
  • Business Associates Agreement between Apex and your sponsoring organization
  • Data Sharing Agreement between NMASBHC, OSAH, and your sponsoring organization  
  • Data Sharing Agreement between SBHA and your sponsoring organization

If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please reach out to Jamie Duvall, Evaluator at Apex at j.duvall@apexeval.org. Or NMASBHC staff - Nancy at nancy@nmasbhc.org or Wilma at wilma@nmasbhc.org can connect you to Apex.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
SBHC Partners Meeting
The Quarterly Summer SBHC Partners Meeting is coming up on

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
at 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

We hope you will join us for this meeting. Please be on the lookout for the agenda.

For any questions, contact wilma@nmasbhc.org.

OSAH Reports - Due May 31st
We hope you have been able to complete your End of Year Progress Reports.
OP Progress Reports were due on May 31st. If not, get them in ASAP!
Apart from the normal questions, you will find an updated COVID-19 section and an SBHA supplemental data section which allow us to respond to SBHA's census for you.
Your data snapshots, including your performance measure data, became available on May 25.
To access the Hub, go to https://datahub.apexeval.org/

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jamie Duvall at Apex at j.duvall@apexeval.org or Kristin Oreskovich at NMDOH OSAH at Kristin.Oreskovich@state.nm.us.
Apex Data Hub Web App has Arrived!
We are pleased to announce recent updates to the Apex Data App that will enable patients and providers to access Just Health and other screening tools via the web. New Mexico SBHCs that already use Just Health will receive this upgrade at no cost. See below for important information about this upgrade:

  1. Apex is giving access to this tool now to allow you to explore the tool and become familiar with the features. Please do not use the web capability with your patients until you receive more information from Apex Support.  
  2. If you have not already received it, look for an email invitation from support@apexeval.org to set up your account to access Apex Data App from the web.
  3. Schedule your training to learn more about how to use the web app. 
  4. Explore this feature and reference these resources to learn more.
  5. If you have any questions, please contact us at support@apexeval.org.
 
Coming Soon: Apex is developing a cross-platform application for iOS and Android, so that screening tools taken from devices will sync to the web app. Alert reports can be viewed, downloaded, and attached to EHRs from the web app even if they were completed on an iPad or other tablet. We will provide more information and support once the cross-platform app is ready.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
SBHC MCO Advisory Meeting
The Quarterly SBHC MCO Advisory Meeting is coming up soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

We hope you will join us for this meeting. Please mark your calendar to save the date.

For any questions, contact wilma@nmasbhc.org.

Planning a Youth Vaccination Event?
Help is Available!
New Mexico's school-age immunization rates are lower than in past, thanks to the pandemic. NMDOH and the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations are working hard to support summer-time events to ensure children get back on schedule with required immunizations. If your clinic or organization wishes to plan a special immunization event, the MCOs are willing to help and can send out outreach teams in person. Please let NMASBHC know if you need that support, and we'll connect you to the appropriate staff at Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Presbyterian, and/or Western Sky Community Care.
Medicaid Policies and Updates
Do you need updates on current Medicaid policy related to the pandemic?
Don't forget that the Medicaid Portal is home to new and updated policies: https://nmmedicaid.portal.conduent.com/static/covid.htm

Advising HSD/MAD on shifting policies is an important opportunity for clinic's to share what is and isn't working. The BHSD manual will soon open for public comment.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
LARC Virtual Trainings

The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.


Contraceptive counseling for perimenopausal persons
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
This webinar will discuss contraceptive counseling for perimenopausal persons, 1.0 CME offered at no cost.


Contraception trouble shooting for Urgent Care and Emergency Dept providers
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
Contraception trouble shooting for Urgent Care and Emergency Department Providers will be addressed, 1.0 CME offered at no cost.
Virtual IUD Practicums

If you or your team are interested in virtual IUD practicums, 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 Albuquerque: Register a month ahead. We can send you a box of everything you need with postage to send it back! Click to register.


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.
SBHC Job Opportunities
Ruidoso Behavioral Health Position
The Region 9 School Based Health Center is looking to hire a full time behavioral health provider (LMHC, LPCC, LMSW, LCSW). The link to the job posting is https://www.rec9nm.org/Employment_Opportunities

Medical Provider Position at RFK
RFK SBHC is currently searching for a Nurse Practitioner to provide primary care services 16-24 hours a week in the South Valley. Primary care will include well-child exams, sports physicals and acute care. Services are provided through telehealth and limited in person contact for physical assessments as needed with COVID-19 measures protocols in place to ensure safety of patients and staff. The clinic provides services for Robert F. Kennedy Charter School and South Valley Academy. The Clinic does have electronic health records. All staff are contractors. For more information please contact Sabrina Owens at (505)480-9436 or through the clinic phone (505) 738-3654.
Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program - Deadline June 23
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making grant awards to all eligible RHCs that apply and have a complete and acceptable application through the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program to expand the response to COVID-19 in rural communities. RHCs may use this grant funding to increase vaccine confidence, improve health care in rural areas, and reinforce key messages about prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Interested RHCs should review the Notice of Funding Opportunity and start the process to register to apply for a HRSA grant.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on the following days:

Both webinar sessions have the same webinar link, call-in number, webinar/participant ID and content. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.

For questions about the program, email RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov
HPV Webinar
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ASTDD HPV Vaccine Webinar: Papillomavirus Caused Cancers are Preventable
June 9, 2021 at 11 AM MST (1 PM EASTERN TIME)
 
Presenter: W. Michael Brown, MD, FAAP, Regional Medical Director, Southeast Region, Merck Vaccines

Overview: Screening will not protect your patients from most Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cancers. Cervical cancer is the only type of HPV cancer with a screening test to detect HPV-caused cancer at an early stage. The other five, including oropharyngeal cancer, may not be detected until other symptoms exist. HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90% of cancers caused by HPV from ever developing.[1] Join us as W. Michael Brown, MD discusses how we can help improve the vaccine rate, particularly for males and females ages nine to fifteen. While the vaccine can be provided to those over age fifteen and up to age 45, the dosing schedule changes from two doses to three.

Educational Objectives: By the end of this webinar participants will:
  1. Understand the prevalence of HPV and certain HPV related cancers in the United States.
  2. Increase awareness of the CDC recommendations for HPV vaccination for those ages 9-45.
  3. Be able to discuss implementation strategies for increasing HPV vaccination rates.

Due to Merck compliance protocols, this webinar will not be recorded.

Meeting ID: 959 3750 7703 and Passcode: 486521
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Planning for the Next Normal at School
Kaiser Permanente has collaborated with over 30 school health organizations to create the “Planning for the Next Normal at School: Keeping students, staff, and families safe and healthy” playbook, providing evidence-based guidance to help staff and students adapt to school life after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This resource provides suggestions for schools to start a COVID-19 prevention strategy and work toward decreasing the likelihood of disease transmission.
CHI Stipend QI Project
PARTICIPATE IN TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND COACHING FOR INTEGRATED TEAMS AND RECEIVE $5000
 
The Center for Health Innovation, New Mexico’s Public Health Institute, is currently recruiting school-based health centers and other practices to participate in a quality improvement project for team integration.
 
Purpose: The goal of this project is to increase integrated care and on the job support for certified and credentialed professionals
 
Eligibility: We seek clinics that employ or plan to employ certified or credentialed professionals as part of the care team. These professionals may include Community Health Workers, Peer Support Workers, Community Support Worker (CSW) and others. Practices must be located in one of 14 counties in southern New Mexico

What You Get
  1. $5,000 stipend for your facility
  2. Participate in monthly virtual practice facilitation sessions
  3. Practice facilitation to increase team integration or on-the-job training
  4. Follow-up calls with practice facilitator
  5. Support of a highly trained practice facilitator

What You Give
  • 6-9 month engagement
  • Identify team members to lead engagement with practice facilitator
  • Team will consist of representatives from all different areas of the facility
  • Team will meet regularly with practice facilitator to implement changes in practice
  • Support post evaluation activities
For questions or registration contact Meg Long at mlong@chi-phi.org
Center for Health Innovation, New Mexico’s Public Health Institute
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit
Tens of thousands of eligible New Mexicans struggling to pay for internet services during the pandemic can apply for federal assistance to pay for broadband services and for a one-time discount to purchase a computer.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a $3.2 billion initiative administered by the Federal Communications Commission to help lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households. 

Benefits include:
  • Up to $50 month discount for broadband services per household;
  • Up to $75 month discount for broadband services per household on tribal lands;
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop or tablet computer purchased through a participating provider.
TQA Pride
TQA Pride: Youth & Educator LGBTQ+ Summit
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 9 AM- 5 PM
with an evening showing of "The Whistle" online at 7 PM.

To register, go to https://www.glsenabqsummit.com/

TQA PRIDE! Youth-led and adult-led workshops. Keynote speakers. Networking opportunities. NO COST to attend!

The TQA (Trans, Queer, Ally) Pride: Youth and Educator Summit (TQA Pride Summit) focuses on supporting trans and queer youth and the adults who work with them. TQA Pride is unique in how it brings youth and adults together in the same space to create a space of empowerment to learn with and from each other. This conference is geared towards young people ages 13-24, family members, parents, educators, social workers, counselors, school administrators, health service providers and more.

TQA Pride 2021 is being organized by GLSEN Albuquerque. GLSEN Albuquerque is a chapter of the GLSEN. For questions, assistance, or more information, please contact: Damon R. Carbajal, GLSEN ABQ Co-Chair: chair@anm.glsen.org or Havens Levitt, GLSEN ABQ Co-Chair: albuquerque@chapters.glsen.org
Got Shots!
The NM Immunization Coalition will hold their annual “Got Shots” campaign July 24-August 14. They are inviting you to sign up now to participate as a Got Shots provider for your community. Please check the CDC website for information on COVID-19 in children and for suggestions on how to hold your clinic safely.
 
Many children need immunizations for school, and this year has been particularly challenging due to stay at home orders and postponed well child checks.
 
We encourage your clinic to participate in Got Shots. Click Here for more information and how you can get involved

To participate in this program, please fill out this registration form and email it to mjune@salud.unm.edu or fax to 505-272-3764 by June 29th
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens
The CDC recommends children 12 years and older should receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to keep them from getting sick and/or spreading the virus. COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens (cdc.gov)
 
Children and teens may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit or without waiting 14 days between vaccines.
 
Find a COVID-19 Vaccine: Visit https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org to schedule an appointment or find an event near you!
 
After being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, your family can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what your child and your family can do when you have been fully vaccinated.


Menstrual Equity for All
This week Advocates for Youth hosted a “Menstrual Equity for All” event! Here is the event recording: Menstrual Equity for All - Zoom
 
During this event they discussed:
  • Period Poverty
  • Organizing in your community
  • Equity/Inclusivity in menstrual justice
  • Diverse and experienced panelists 

To better support students and ensure menstrual equity, the Director and Co-Founder of Free the Period suggested SBHCs and schools to consider:
  • provision of free products in all bathrooms
  • recognizing dysmenorrhea and period related symptoms as excused absences
  • sending guidance to teachers on how to be supportive of students menstruating
  • offering pain relief resources
  • ensuring comprehensive menstrual health education is delivered to students of all genders before the age of menarche
 
To stay up to date on other programs Advocates for Youth provides, check out their Instagram and Facebook!
June Health Awareness Activities
June is Pride Month!

LGBTQIA+ youth tend to face greater health disparities and may have difficulty accessing quality treatment.
 
For resources on mental health care for LGBTQA+ patients, please see the following:
 
 
 

June is Men's Health Month

This month provides a national observance about health care for men, to encourage implementation of preventative behaviors.
 
SBHCs play a large role in providing preventative care and health advice to male youth.
 
The following are some resources:
Men’s Health Week: June 14-20th
 


June 12, 2021 is Family Health and Fitness Day!

This weekend is dedicated to taking advantage of access to nature to relieve stress, strengthen interpersonal relationships and improve mental well-being.
 
Family Health and Fitness Day encourages families and individuals to use their local parks and recreation to stay healthy and active. #NRPAFamilyFitDay
 
June 27, 2021 is National HIV Testing Day!

In 2018, 21% of new HIV diagnoses were among youth with the majority of cases occurring in Black and Hispanic youth HIV Diagnoses | HIV and Youth | Age | HIV by Group | HIV/AIDS | CDC
 
Knowing one’s status, new ways to take an HIV test, and understanding preventative options (PrEP) is a key component to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic
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