Wishing you health and happiness in 2018!
All of us at New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care want to thank you for your support in 2017! We hope you will continue to partner with us to keep kids healthy and in school in 2018.

SBHC Feature of the Month
The Van Buren Middle School SBHC

Delta Dental presented the Van Buren Middle School SBHC with a $30,000 grant to continue and expand their dental services to some of the most vulnerable students in Albuquerque. Oral health is one of the leading causes of chronic school absenteeism. This grant will help
Van Buren students stay healthy and ready to learn.
A Note from the Executive Director
No one deserves a happy new year more than those of you who are focused every day on making sure New Mexico’s children have access to health care. At NMASBHC, we are looking forward to 2018 as a time when we can help move the needle on the dial of children’s health outcomes. However, we cannot do this alone. We are so lucky to work directly with partners at medical and educational entities that support SBHCs, state agencies, other non-profit organizations, insurers and health plans, and individuals across the state to achieve this goal. We hope all of you are energized by a winter break to move forward with courage to keep working and striving. We also hope you will reach out to us to help however we can with your goals. Please remember to use this newsletter (which will now go out precisely on the first of each month), our website (getting a major overhaul in 2018), our Facebook page (like and follow us now, if you haven’t already), and our forthcoming calendar (see more below) as tools toward that end. And if there is anything else we can do, don’t hesitate to contact us.

A special note: NMASBHC would like to acknowledge the tragic death of two Aztec High students in a horrific school shooting in late 2017. Many thanks to the hard-working employees of the New Mexico Department of Health who responded to the need for behavioral health support in that school and community. Our thoughts are with the grieving families and community members. If you are thinking about how you can be of support or prepare for such a tragedy, the American School Counselor Association has a collection of many excellent resources:  https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors/professional-development/learn-more/shooting-resources.

Yours in partnership,

Nancy Rodriguez

NMASBHC Updates
2018 NMASBHC Calendar
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for the 2018 NMASBHC Calendar. Calendars will be sent out in early January to all SBHCs in New Mexico. We will also provide them to all state legislators on Primary Care Day, February 7, 2018.

2018 Calendar Winners:
January: Bernalillo High SBHC
February: Atrisco Heritage High SBHC
March: East San Jose Elementary SBHC
April: Fort Sumner SBHC
May: Santa Rosa SBHC
June: Capital High & Santa Fe High SBHCs
July: Mora SBHC
August: Gadsden & Chaparral SBHCs
September: Socorro High SBHC
October: Deming High SBHC
November: Oň ate High SBHC
December: Lovington High SBHC
Exemplary SBHC Award Application Available
The 2018 NMASBHC Exemplary Award application is 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! The application and instructions are available here.
If you have any questions, please contact kimstanek.nmasbhc@gmail.com
Still Seeking Quotes from SBHC Parents
We are still collecting SBHC parent quotes for the upcoming 2018 NM Legislative Session. To further publicize to New Mexicans the value of SBHCs, NMASBHC is creating a new advocacy tool called, "Why Parents Love SBHCs!"  

Please continue gathering quotes from your parents!  Click here  to download an easy quote collection form. Every SBHC that submits a parent quote will receive a $10 gift card. You can email typed quotes, scanned quote forms, or photos of quote forms to kimstanek.nmasbhc@gmail.com .
SBHC Updates
UnitedHealthCare Grant Awardees
Congratulations to SBHCs operated by El Centro Family Health and Region IX REC, who were just awarded $15,000 grants from the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Mexico to support behavioral health programs that help adolescents form healthy relationships, succeed in school and transition to work. To learn more about this grant and how the recipients will use them, check out the full press release at www.nmasbhc.org/news.html.
New Grants and Resources for SBHCs
Molina Healthcare Cupboard Mini-Grants
NMASBHC will be providing mini grants to SBHCs of $500-$1000 to purchase supplies for their SBHCs that they cannot currently afford or that they are currently purchasing out of their own pocket. Molina Healthcare has generously donated funds to NMASBHC to carryout this project and provide supplies to SBHCs. These funds are in response to the overwhelming needs we heard about through our needs assessment the last 2 years.
Western Sky Community Care and NMASBHC Food Insecurity Project
NMASBHC is partnering with Western Sky Community Care and the Roadrunner Food Bank (RRFB) to provide much needed resources to SBHCs around food insecurity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently adopted a two-question screening tool on food insecurity, Hunger Vital Sign, for healthcare practices. NMASBHC has partnered with RRFB to create a print tool that includes both the screening and NM food program resources for referral purposes. These print tools, along with the AAP’s Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians, will be provided to every SBHC in the state. Additionally, thanks to Western Sky Community Care, every SBHC will get an insulated grocery bag with a short-term supply of shelf-stable snacks to provide to hungry children they treat. In NMASBHC’s fall needs assessment survey, many SBHCs indicated the need for such support, and we hope this response will help our partners address this community need. If your organization needs immediate referral resources, NMASBHC encourages you to consult:   http://www.rrfb.org/get-help/find-help-in-your-area/ or to download RRFB’s app, which provides fingertip access to food drop-off and pantry locations; just search for it in any app store. Stay tuned for more information about delivery to your SBHC!
Envision New Mexico's SBHC Learning Collaborative
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! Envision New Mexico will provide a Zoom link to registrants.
  • 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 maetrujillo@salud.unm.edu or Carole Conley cconley@salud.unm.edu for registration information.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
December 2017 Coordinator Call Video
The December SBHC coordinator call was a huge success. We had over 20 SBHCs staff participate. If you weren't able to attend, a video will be posted in the "What's New" section on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more information!
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 this month!

HSD/Medicaid Updates
New SBHC Program Manager Announced
Please join NMASBHC in welcoming the new SBHC Program Manager, Christina Kupferschmidt, to HSD. Christina will join HSD on January 2, 2018. 
January MCO SBHC Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled
Please be advised that the MCO SBHC Advisory meeting, originally scheduled for January 9th, has been cancelled by HSD. The body will reconvene in the next quarter. Please contact Nancy Rodriguez with any questions.
HSD Program Manual Supplement -EPSDT Resource
The HSD Medical Assistance Division released a Program Manual Supplement on November 15th with updates on the Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment Screening Services. The update is available at www.nmasbhc.org/news.html.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
School-Based Dental Provider Conference
The NM DOH Office of Oral Health, Delta Dental, and UNM Department of Dental Medicine is sponsoring a conference for dentists and hygienists who provide care in schools. Network with providers and learn about oral health status of New Mexico's youth. Click here to download the full registration brochure.
Understanding and Talking with Vaccine-Hesitant Patients
Watch this HealthInsight webinar that focuses on practitioners being able to understand and address patients' concerns regarding vaccines and patient hesitation. Viewers will learn communication techniques in order to motivate patients to get needed vaccines. Click here to view the archived webinar and click here to download the slides.
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.
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