March 2018 Newsletter
SBHC Feature of the Month
Capital High SBHC

Thank you to Capital High SBHC for hosting our February SBHC visit. An additional thank you to Senator Stefanics for taking time to visit with the SBHC team and touring the clinic. It was a great way to finish up National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!
A Note from the Executive Director
Thank you. That is all I can think to say to the many provider teams providing school-based health care and their supportive partners. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude by the ability of New Mexico’s SBHCs to continue providing health care in the face of local, state and national crises of school violence, suicide, substance abuse, sexual assault, and more. Frankly, I am tired of having to research resources related to trauma and violence prevention and management to share in this newsletter; not for my own sake but because I am weary for all of the children who suffer and the providers that struggle to hold the mental and physical well-being of our children together with the most basic of resources. However, I am energized by our field’s persistence and by the passion of young people around this country rallying to make our nation a better place. I hope you are too, and I hope NMASBHC can help you in whatever small way we can.

In that vein, please read on for many resources that can benefit school health providers and partners. And, if you work at or with an SBHC, be sure to attend the March SBHC Coordinators Call (see below) when we’ll be talking about emergency preparedness and crisis management AND register for the SBHC pre-conference of Head to Toe (registration link below) where we’ll be sharing some special behavioral health resources. In the meantime, check out the resources at the University of Southern California’s National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement ( ) if this is an issue with which your team is grappling.

Yours in dogged determination,

Nancy Rodriguez

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SBHC Updates
SBHA Annual Convention
This year's National School-Based Health Care Convention is shaping up to be one of the most captivating ones ever. The annual convention will be in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24-27. The theme for this year's gathering is "Fueling Your Growth in Confidence, Competence, and Vision." Early bird registration opens on March 1.
New Mexico Conference for School-Based Dental Providers and Online Webinar
To register please email with your contact information, affiliation, and if you plan to attend in person or join via Zoom Webinar.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
2018 Head to Toe - Register Now!
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 strongly advice all SBHCs to attend the Pre-Conference as well as the full conference. Click here to register.
March 2018 Coordinator Call
Please join us on March 8, 2018 at 11am for the March SBHC Coordinators Call. We will be discussing emergency preparedness and the role SBHCs can play in preparedness and crisis response. Please bring questions you have that you would like to address during our call.

Connect to the call via Zoom:

Call in # 408-638-0968
Meeting ID 926-728-520
HSD/Medicaid Updates
NMHSD Shares Resource for Helping Children Deal with Tragedies
In light of the recent school shooting, NMHSD is sharing a resource on their website that SBHCs may find helpful to share with patients and families; the article, “Helping Children Deal With Tragedies In Response To School Shootings,” is from the County of San Diego, CA and has age-specific advice on the topic. You can read more at: .
NMHSD Coordinating Response to Opioid Crisis
To help address the state’s opioid crisis NMHSD’s Behavioral Health Services Division is leading the new NM Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Initiative. also known as the NM Opioid Hub Program. Check out: to learn more, including listing of a multitude of free training opportunities for providers with a special emphasis in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT).
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
Trauma-Informed Practices at School - How to Support Children Exposed To Violence Webinar
Webinar: Trauma-Informed Practices at School: Join the McDowell County Board of Education and Futures Without Violence on March 14 at 3:00pm ET for an important conversation about trauma-informed practices. In this webinar— Trauma-Informed Practices at School – How to Support Children Exposed to Violence—Futures Without Violence will offer simple, practical tools to help build classroom communities that support healthy development. Experts from McDowell County Board of Education will provide on the ground school examples and examine the seven characteristics of a trauma informed school and the challenges that school staff experiences during implementation.
State School Health Consultant Job Announcement
The Office of School and Adolescent Health Registered Nurse-State School Health Consultant position has been posted on the State Personnel Office website at

 To apply, please go to the SPO website and search for position #11422 or Job Number 2018-00307.

This position will provide technical assistance and content expertise to local, state and school health personnel on adolescent health issues. Incumbent will provide school health content expertise, including the development of policies and/or guidance and represent the Department of Health to statewide and national entities that address school health issues. The consultant will serve as a content expert in school nursing and school health program areas for state school health care providers, and policy setting groups. As well as, coordinate school health program activities with public health, environmental, and educational agencies as well as other public and private entities.
HRSA SBHC Grant Announcement
This week the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the availability of up to $10 Million in funding for school health center capital investments. The agency is expected to make up to 100 awards to currently operational school-based health centers for the purpose of increasing “access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services.” The purpose of grant expenditures is limited to “minor alteration/renovation (A/R) projects and/or the purchase of moveable equipment, including telehealth equipment.” Personnel and services are not allowable.  Click here for the notice of funding opportunity announcement (HRSA-19-073). Deadline is April 17.  
March is National Nutrition Month
This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money. Visit Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  for ideas of how to promote National Nutrition Month in your school and community. | (505) 404-8059 |