May 2018 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
Congratulations to the many of you who are wrapping up a school year serving the health needs of New Mexico youth! Good luck on your final push through the remaining school days and preparation for summer; we hope the resources included in this newsletter will be helpful as you conclude the year. We also want to especially thank those of you who attended April’s Head to Toe school health conference and took the time to say hello. As always, it is great to learn what your needs are and how we can best serve you. Please know that we are here year-round to support you in all that you do to serve New Mexico’s children and families so feel free to call upon us. In the meantime, wishing you a happy and healthy summer!  

Best wishes,

Nancy Rodriguez

NMASBHC SBHC Field Survey Responses Needed!
Thank you to all the SBHCs who completed the 2018 SBHC Field Questionnaire at the Head 2 Toe SBHC Pre-Conference this year. If you were unable to complete the questionnaire please take a few minutes to complete it now. 

If you complete the questionnaire you will be entered into a drawing for one of five $10 Amazon gift cards or "The Grown Up's Guide to Teenage Humans" from the keynote speaker at Head to Toe, Josh Shipp.
NMASBHC Fundraising Raffle Update
NMASBHC Board and Staff would like to thank the many of you who purchased tickets in our recent annual fundraising raffle. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $3,700 for our advocacy efforts for school-based health care! In case you are wondering who our generous donors and lucky winners are, read on:

Two Southwest Airlines Tickets: Bette Bolton
Private Wine Class for Twenty at Total Wine: Tomi Campos
Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two with First Light: Sheila Stephenson
One Night Stay at The Four Seasons Resort – Rancho Encantado: Benigno Sandoval
One Night Stay at Hotel Luna Mystica and Three Lift Ticket at Ski Taos: Melanie Baca
Meow Wolf Annual Family Pass: Cathy Thomas
Top of the Mountain Waterproof Speaker Backpack: Brooks Jarrell
Two Night Stay at the Wyndham Hotel and Waterpark: Amy Rutledge
One Night Stay at Route 66 Hotel with $50 Gift Certificate for Thunder Road Steakhouse: Ann Szklarz
Taste of Ireland Spirits Basket: Barbara Walker
New York Beauty Kits: Joanne Brashear and Amanda Askin
Molina Healthcare Supply Cupboard Impact
Thanks again to all those school nurses and school-based health center provider teams who applied for the Molina Healthcare Supply Cupboard mini-grants. As awardees are receiving their checks, NMASBHC is thrilled to be getting photographs of the supplies that are being purchased to support student needs. Here are just a few of those that have been shared. Congratulations!
Carlsbad School-Based Health Center purchased new otoscopes for their clinic
Albuquerque High School nurses purchased food, hygiene supplies, under garments, oral health supplies, and other necessities for their students
Western Skies Food Insecurity Kit Delivery to RFK SBHC in Albuquerque
NMASBHC would like to thank both Western Skies Community Care and RFK Charter School SBHC for hosting an in-person delivery of the Food Insecurity Kit on April 3rd. Western Skies Community Care is the newest Medicaid Managed Care Organization in New Mexico, and we thank them for their donation, which allowed us to provide every SBHC in the state with a kit. A huge thank you to RFK’s SBHC team for hosting a tour of their clinic for Western Skies leadership. We look forward to continued partnership with Western Skies to support SBHCs, and NMASBHC will continue to work to address the food insecurity needs faced by SBHC patients.
SBHC Updates
Reducing Environmental Asthma Triggers: Highlighting Best Practices from SBHCs and Announcing a New Funding Opportunity
Asthma is the most common cause of disability among children in the U.S. and the leading cause of school absences due to chronic disease. School-based health centers (SBHCs) are uniquely positioned to help children breathe easier. This webinar will showcase interventions that school-based health care staff have implemented across the nation to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers and more effectively manage asthma. Tools and resources from the Regional Asthma Management and Prevention’s Asthma Environmental Intervention Guide, addressing environmental triggers as part of a comprehensive asthma care strategy, will be shared as well. Finally, an exciting new funding opportunity will be announced for school-based health care teams who are interested in implementing environmental asthma interventions at their SBHCs. Click the button below to register!
SBHA Webinar: Interdisciplinary Care and Maximizing Community Partnerships to Serve Youth Experiencing Homelessness
On Thursday, May 10 at 2:00pm Eastern SBHA will hold a webinar that may be of interest to those serving homeless youth. Read on for details; to register, visit: . Given the multiple issues presented by youth experiencing homelessness, it can be difficult and unrealistic to expect any one provider or agency to be able to meet all the needs of a child. Within the Health Care for the Homeless field, programs strive to respond holistically through interdisciplinary teams and community partnerships. Social service programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate offer tailored services to vulnerable populations. In most communities, a host of youth serving agencies can complement each other and develop effective collaborations. During this webinar, the presenter will provide an overview and identify programs and resources that respond to the needs of youth experiencing homelessness.
SBHA Annual Convention - Let us know if you are coming!
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 is open through May 9, 2018. If you will be attending this year please let Kim Stanek,, know so we can connect with you while we are there!
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
Progress Reports Due May 15th - OSAH SBHCs
Don't forget that your end of year SBHC Progress Reports are due May 15th! Keep doing your Student Satisfaction Surveys for the 2017-2018 school year! There is still time to get them completed and submitted before the end of the school year.

If you need technical assistance contact Jamie Duvall,, at Apex for support.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
NMHSD Announces Schedule of Outreach and Open Enrollment for Medicaid for 2019
The organizations selected as New Mexico’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO) beginning January 1, 2019 are currently working to contract with provider groups around the state. NMHSD has announced the dates for open enrollment for members. HSD and the MCOs will be doing outreach and education across the state in September of 2018 in advance of open enrollment. Open enrollment will be October 2018 through the first week of December 2018.
NMHSD Makes Centennial Care Interim Evaluation Findings Public
Recent release of an external review of the accomplishments of the state’s Medicaid Managed Care program are now public: Findings indicate there are ways in which SBHCs can support improvements for Medicaid members. Declines in the percentage of members with an annual dental visit, the percentage of members with a PCP visit, and the percentage of child and adolescent members with appropriate immunization indicate ways in which SBHCs can help Medicaid improve outcomes for New Mexico.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
Improving Access to IUDs and Implants
The UNM Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine and the LARC Mentoring Program, in collaboration with Young Women United and the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, are hosting the UCSF Beyond the Pill Program for a day-long LARC training for those interested in incorporating and improving IUD and implant care and access in clinics across NM.

This one-day training about best practices for provision of IUDs and implants is certified for up to 7.25 CME/CE credit hours at no cost. This all-staff training is designed for health educators, clinicians, managers, billing specialists, and administrative staff. It includes a didactic session for all staff as well as a counseling skills and role playing session for clinicians and health educators and a hands-on practicum that goes over device insertion and management. Click the button below to register!
LARC Billing and Coding Training
To register for the billing and coding training session click the button below.
Immunization Coalition Resources
Check out these great resources from the Immunization Coalition to share with your patients. Click the link below to download the PDF.

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's a peak season for those with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate your patients, co-workers, school officials, and community members about these diseases. Use the resources and tools from AAFA to use our resources and tools to bring healthy messages to your clinics, schools, and communities.

New Mexico currently has 4 SBHCs working on addressing asthma and environmental triggers in their schools, communities, and clinics. Cuba SBHC, Mesa Middle School SBHC, Pojoaque Valley SBHC, and Santa Rosa SBHC will all present their year long projects this month. NMASBHC will be sharing best practices and the projects they completed in the near future.
DOH Asthma School Nurse Telehealth Sessions
The University of New Mexico Division of Adolescent Medicine has been funded by the Department of Health Asthma Control Program to provide 6 didactic sessions on asthma with continuing education units offered. The sessions will be developed and posted May to August 2018. To access the sessions, click on the link below and complete the form for online training, select DOH Asthma for the course option. Click the button below to register and choose "DOH Asthma" as your course.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Join Mental Health America during Mental Health Month in increasing awareness of the connection between physical and mental health. Download the complete toolkit, featuring facts sheets with infographics, social media images, and more from Mental Health America. | (505) 404-8059 |