A Note from the Executive Director
How often do you have the opportunity to effect the decisions that your elected officials make? While it may feel out of reach, New Mexicans actually can and should reach out to their legislators. At the state level, we have "citizen legislators," who are unpaid neighbors rather than career public servants. As such, they rely on us all to educate them about what is most important to us and why it is valuable. At the federal level, as a state with a relatively small population and small total number of Representative and Senators, we can easily reach our officials.
While SBHC Awareness month has concluded, every day is an opportunity to advocate for expanded funding and support for SBHCs. We encourage you to use March to tell state legislators to add funding for expansion of SBHCs to the state budget (Senate Finance Committee members in particular) before their 2021 legislative session ends. Additionally, call or email your federal officials to remind them that the next stimulus and budget bills Congress takes up can and should have money to support SBHCs as children come back to in-person schooling. The children of our state cannot vote so we must use our adult voices to amplify their needs; if we do so, maybe March's rainbow can have a pot of gold at its end for children's health.

Wishing all of you good health!

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 paused the 2021 Exemplary SBHC Awards and accepted nominations for the 2020 Vision Recognition.

Thank you for your entries!
You all have done an amazing job pivoting to meet new demands. Please be on the lookout for for announcement of the selected visionaries.
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 currently accepting applications. 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 have been working to respond to your needs by providing some resources and support surrounding Marketing & Promotion and Telehealth. Many SBHCs are making great strides and coming up with creative answers to these challenging times. We have additional resources on the NMASBHC Website and 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!
We also have been using our new Instagram page. We hope you were able to see the images for SBHC Awareness Month. We appreciate you all!
SBHCs Receive Federal Reauthorization and Appropriation in Stimulus Bill
NMASBHC and SBHA are excited to share the funding announcement that was a result of the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act of 2020 in the COVID relief bill. 

This was 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.

The School-based Services Site (SBSS) funding announcement is out. Funding is available to existing Community Health Centers/Federally Qualified Health Centers for new in-person and/or virtual sites in or on school grounds or expanding of an existing site.

Quick summary:
Due March 22, 2021

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 is currently being decided by legislators, who are faced with difficult decisions about how to allocate funds. 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.
Continuum of Care Day - 03/02/2021
Please join us on Tuesday, March 2nd, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.

NMASBHC will be partnering with four other healthcare associations (NMPCA, NMHA, NMAHHC, and NMHCA/NMCAL) to present a Continuum of Care Day event, featuring a Q&A with NMDOH Secretary Dr. Collins and roundtables with legislators.

This is an opportunity to create better awareness at NMDOH and with legislators about how SBHCs fit into the overall system of care in our state.

Please see the attached flyer for details. You may also click here for Zoom Registration. 
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Spring SBHC Partners Meeting
The Quarterly Spring SBHC Partners Meeting is coming up soon.

Tuesday, March 16, 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 2019-20 Annual Report Now Available!
The NMDOH-OSAH Annual Report for 2019-20 school year has been published and is now available at https://www.nmasbhc.org/tools-resources/sbhc-data/. 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 through April 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 March - April
NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings are scheduled for March 17, 2021 8:30am-4:30pm and March 18, 2021 8:30am-2:30pm and April 21st 8:30am-4:30pm and April 22, 2021 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.
Special Open Enrollment
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and under the direction of President Joe Biden, the healthcare Marketplace is re-opening for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

From February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021, New Mexicans can visit BeWell state’s health insurance exchange, to shop for health insurance plans for 2021. You can also call 1-833-862-3935 to apply or schedule your appointment here.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
Healthcare for Expectant Teens
& Their Children
Expectant and parenting teens (EPT) can be a small but important part of SBHCs' practices. Serving this vulnerable population can ensure health pregnancies, healthy teen parents, and healthy infants/toddlers. Campuses with a GRADS program, which provides additional support for EPT and their children are noted on the SBHC map on NMASBHC's website: https://www.nmasbhc.org/school-based-health-centers/sbhc-directory/.

Prenatal care can help prevent fetal complications by having discussions about the mother’s health, the fetus’s health and any questions about the pregnancy. These exams can help prevent pregnancy problems through timely and adequate prenatal care. If you work in an SBHCs and see pregnant teens, please consider supporting those patients to reach out to their insurer for support. Pregnant Moms can get rewards for completing pre and postnatal doctor visits. For any Centennial Care members they can go here to enroll https://www.centennialrewards.com/rewards/landing/.

It is important to know that NCQA has made some changes to the well-baby visit measures for the first 30 months of life:
*Eight total visits required
*Replace W15 with W30.
*Combines W15 (six well visits) before 15 months
*Additional two well visits in the time frame of 15 months and 30 months.
*The exams must include: A health assessment; A physical developmental history; A
mental developmental history; A physical exam; Health education/anticipatory guidance.
SBHA Journal Article
The Future of Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers: Lessons from COVID-19 was published on 01-29-2021 in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. The article examines the stories shared during the Spring National School Based Health Alliance's Listening and Learning series to illustrate how SBHCs pivoted care throughout the early days of the pandemic.
LARC Virtual Trainings
The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Managing complications of LARC (1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
This webinar will discuss "Managing complications of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)," 1.0 CME offered at no cost.

Trauma Informed Pelvic Care (1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
This webinar will discuss trauma informed reproductive & pelvic care, 1.0 CME offered at no cost.

Adolescent Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Contraceptive Management
(1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
This webinar will discuss "Adolescent polycystic ovarian syndrome and contraceptive management", 1.0 CME 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.
Seeking Trusted Voices
Seeking Trusted Healthcare Voices to Promote Vaccination
The NM Department of Health is seeking trusted voices to promote vaccination for COVID-19. State staff is currently scheduling individuals to record a Trusted Voices PSA via a short Zoom session. They are searching for representation from rural and urban communities around the state. The nomination portal remains open through Step Up to the Mic. Individuals may schedule their session immediately by clicking on this link (https://momentumsantafe.as.me/TrustedVoices). For more information contact Audrey Herrera-Castillo, Momentum Santa Fe by phone at (505) 671-0115 or email at audrey@momentumsantafe.com.
New CDC Guidance for Schools
If your school or district is asking for support from your SBHC for re-opening, you may wish to familiarize yourself with the latest CDC guidance. The Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation provides reinforcement of clear and consistent mitigation strategies to open schools and keep them open. CDC also released a science brief on the Transmission of SARS-COV-2 in K-12. This brief addresses schools providing data on the relationship between school transmission, in-person learning, and community rates of transmission. Data demonstrates that in-school transmission of COVID-19 is relatively low.
Children may be eligible for free vaccines through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. This also applies to families that may have lost private insurance coverage due to COVID-19. 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.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a hot topic. The following are some resources for sharing information or explaining the COVID-19 vaccine:
March Health Awareness Activities
March is National Nutrition Month.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages us all to consider how we nourish ourselves and our families through food choices, not only this month, but as a lifelong endeavor for better nutrition and health. It is an opportunity to embrace food as nutrition and fuel for our everyday lives. This year's theme is "Personalize Your Plate."

Find free downloadable resources at:

March is Save Your Vision Month.

There are many things you can do to care for your vision.
  1. Eat Right. Good nutrition is important for eyes.
  2. Practice Safe Digital Device and Computer Use: Students are in remote learning and as soon as school is over, they often play video games or play on their devices. It is important to make sure your children give their eyes a break.
  3. Use Eye Protection: Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Goggles are important when you are doing hazardous work.
  4. Reduce or Don't Smoke or Vape. Smoke and vapors can irritate your eyes. Check out this article to find out more information.

Find additional resources at:

New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care
www.nmasbhc.org | (505) 404-8059 | info@nmasbhc.org