A Note from the Executive Director
The year 2020 hasn't been frightening enough, so on October 31st we'll celebrate Halloween with a full moon. If that doesn't phase you, NMASBHC would like to remind you to get your flu shot this month! In all seriousness, immunizations should be a critical issue for us this month and beyond. New Mexico's children are terribly far behind in recommended immunizations, thanks to the pandemic, in addition to needing the protection of the flu shot. We're talking with our Medicaid MCO partners and want to solicit your partnerships in immunization events. Please reach out to us if you would like support (e.g. from Blue Cross Blue Shield's Care Van) to create an immunization initiative or event. And if you need to refer patients outside of your clinic, check Presbyterian's event page (https://www.phs.org/about-us/events/Pages/default.aspx) to learn about pop-up flu shot clinics; this month includes events in Santa Fe, Logan, Tucumcari, and Socorro. We hope you have a safe and productive October!

Wishing you good health,

Nancy Rodriguez,
COVID-19 - Reentry Guidance
As our state’s public health response to the pandemic of COVID-19 continues to unfold, the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care and the school-based health centers we support are all in the process of discerning how to respond appropriately. NMASBHC worked with partners from OSAH, PED and various SBHC providers to create the Guidance for New Mexico School-Based Health Centers for 2020-2021 School Reopening/Reentry.
Of additional interest, NMPED has recently released its COVID-19 Response Toolkit for Elementary Schools, which details the school responsibilities; you can find that tool at: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/reentry-district-and-school-guidance/.
If you would like to contribute information and suggestions for the NMASBHC guidance on reentry, contact NMASBHC staff. We are also interested in updates on what you are planning and what your school hosts are requesting of you.
2020 SBHC Annual Update & Survey
The 2020 SBHC Annual Update & Survey is due TOMORROW (10/2/20).

This helps us to keep the information in the NM SBHC Directory and Map updated. The survey serves as an essential tool for SBHC information shared with legislators, state agencies, community members and funders across New Mexico.  Please make sure your SBHC is represented.
NMASBHC Annual Awards
Congratulations to the
2020 NMASBHC Awardees:

Exemplary SBHC Awardee:
Gadsden High School SBHC,
sponsored by La Clinica de Familia

SBHC Legacy Awardees:
Shawn Blaisdell
Susan Nelsen

SBHC Champion Awardees:
New Mexico Primary Care Association,
(Accepted by Eileen Goode)
Robert Baade
2020 NMASBHC Calendar

In October, we feature Atrisco Heritage SBHC.
Pictured are: Atrisco Heritage High School SBHC Staff: Dr. Elena Bissell, Lesly Houston, Kirsten Anaya, Veronica Fuentes-Delgado, Jenissa Erivez-Munoz, Dr. Jerica Johnson and Deborah Harcke
Atrisco Heritage SBHC is sponsored by UNM Hospital.

Thank you to all the SBHCs who contributed photographs for the 2020 SBHC Calendar.
A special note of gratitude to this year's sponsor: Presbyterian Health Plan Inc.
2021 NMASBHC Calendar - Open Now!
It is time to start preparing for the 2021 SBHC calendar.
We look forward to seeing your submissions!
SBHA CEO in Washington Post:
"Put up or shut up"- a $1 trillion investment to help kids in poverty
From the Washington Post:

"Pedro Noguera is dean of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and Robert Boyd is president of the School-Based Health Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of young people through school-based health care."

Read more about their call to action at the following link and read below for some of what they say about SBHCs: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/09/15/america-put-up-or-shut-up-1-trillion-investment-help-kids-poverty/

"Keep kids safe and healthy: All students deserve access to primary, behavioral, oral and vision care. Of our nation’s 100,000 schools, pre-pandemic, fewer than 3,000 have school-based health centers. These centers have proven to reduce parent time away from work and to improve students’ academic performance. Now, more than ever, vaccinations, medicine management, wellness checkups and emotional support should be available to all students. And the pandemic’s disparate impact points to the need to train more people of color as school health professionals."
SBHC Sponsor Corner
OSAH Operational Plans & School Collaboration Surveys
If you are contracted with NMDOH-OSAH, your Operational Plans were due September 15th in the Apex HUB. If you haven't yet completed the ones for your SBHCs, please do so immediately. Policymakers are already requesting data based on this important planning tool.

Additionally, please make a plan for completion of your School Collaboration surveys, which are an OSAH contract deliverable this year. The link ishttps://evaluation-sbhc-school-collaboration.questionpro.com. For answers to questions or to request a copy of the guidelines for administration, please reach out to Jamie Duvall at Apex: j.duvall@apexeval.org.
HSD/Medicaid Updates
HSD Secretary Presents COVID-19 Update
On September 29th, HSD Secretary David Scrase, M.D. presented an webinar with updated information about the state of the pandemic and public health gating criteria. He was joined by Behavioral Health Support Division Director, Neil Bowen, M.D. who shared data about the impact of the pandemic on behavioral health. Of particular concern for SBHCs will be the decrease in preventive care for children since the school closures, including immunizations, well child visits, and oral health screenings. Additionally, the behavioral health impacts are described (see CDC infographic below) and the value of telehealth is addressed. The presentation can be viewed and downloaded at: https://www.hsd.state.nm.us/uploads/PressRelease/2f473c14ee654f868b5a25b3cfd15a6d/FINALPress_Update_NMCOVID19_Day_2032020_09_29.pdf
Medicaid Pandemic-Related Regulatory Changes & Updates
The New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have changed a number of regulations in light of the current pandemic.

Please reach out to NMASBHC if you need assistance in navigating the new landscape, and visit the NM Medicaid portal (https://nmmedicaid.portal.conduent.com/static/covid.htm) for special and regularly updated policy direction related to the pandemic.

Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
LARC Virtual Trainings

The LARC Mentoring Program continues to offer virtual training options.

Contraceptive care for trans and non binary populations - Webinar (1 CME avail)
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 12 PM - 1 PM (Click Here to Register!)
Join us for our telehealth session of the LMP Reproductive Health Webinar Series at 12pm (MST)! This webinar will discuss contraceptive care for trans and non binary populations. 1.0 CME offered at no cost!

PMS/PMDD Webinar (1 CME Credit)
Tuesday, October 27th at 12 PM-1 PM (MST) (Click Here to Register!)
Join us for our telehealth session of the LMP Reproductive Health Webinar Series at 12pm (MST)! This webinar will discuss PMS and PMDD. 1.0 CME offered at no cost!
Immunizations and Back to School
New Mexico child immunization rates continue to be below desired rates. Please encourage complete immunization by all of your patients, including the flu shot. The following are resources you can share with families. Please note that in many or most cases, a virtual schooling plan does not negate the school immunization requirements.

To double-check school required immunizations, clinics or patients can visit  https://www.nmhealth.org/about/phd/idb/imp/sreq/ for the 2020-21 table.

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.
Need to locate immunization records? VaxViewNM enables individuals, parents, and guardians to access, save and/or print official immunization records. This eliminates the need to carry multiple or aged documents and allows you to access your shot record anytime you need. VaxViewNM is mobile friendly and uses two-factor authentication. Simply go to VaxViewNM to print a copy of your or your child's shot record.
GLSEN is offering a new virtual training series,
"Q-Tips for Teachers: Nuts & Bolts for Supporting Queer Students!"
 This will be a multi-part series of various 1-hour trainings. Please see the flyer and links below to register for the first two sessions.

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth (10/13/20 @ 2:30 PM)-Secondary:  https://unm.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItduGtqzsrGtcGCIqhn_vIcrXPGfX2kHET 

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth (10/14/20 @ 3:00 PM)- Elementary: 

They are also seeking input and suggestions for remaining Q-Tips Training Series topics and themes. Complete the survey at
Free Mental Wellness Education Program Available to New Mexico Schools and SBHCs

In January of 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico provided a grant to EVERFI to launch a statewide mental wellness education program that is available at no cost for middle and high schools across New Mexico. 

Mental Wellness Basics, a digital course developed by leading education technology provider, EVERFI, provides a population level approach to what is often viewed as an individual issue. Through a public health lens, Mental Wellness Basics provides students with opportunities to explore their own mental health and identify challenges that they may face. The course helps students develop concrete strategies for managing those challenges, while increasing their awareness of resources and empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and language necessary to identify and support a peer who may be struggling.

The Mental Wellness Basics course is designed to be integrated into existing lesson plans and curriculum for students in grades 8 – 10, or provided as an additional resource for support from your School Based Health Center.

To learn more about bringing this critical resource to your school, contact:
Alyssa Kobernick, EVERFI
2020 Mental Health Awareness Week
Tools from NAMI
Each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness. Each year, they educate the public, fight stigma and provide support. And each year, the movement grows stronger. NAMI believes that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness

The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Information, resources and graphics to support Mental Illness Awareness Week can be downloaded at: https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/mental-illness-awareness-week
Free Health Education Videos from the National Association of School Nurses
NASN developed a series of Return to School Videos. You can use these as a tool to educate the school community either as they return to school or via virtual review in student advisory classes. Video topics available are:
·    Washing Your Hands
·    Wearing Cloth Face Coverings
·    Staying Home When you are Sick
Free Trauma-Informed Practices Training
The Out of School Network Virtual Conference and Mission: Graduate have collaborated on a free pre-conference training, by Dr. Craig Pierce of Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute. Trauma-informed practices are becoming increasingly important for children and families in central New Mexico, especially in the context of COVID-19.

This session is designed as an overview of trauma and its effects on children and families. For more information: https://missiongraduatenm.org/civicrm/event/info?id=605&reset=1

When: October 19th, 2020 1:00 PM through 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom Link to be sent
Contact Email: anne.tafoya@uwcnm.org
October Health Awareness Activities
October is Health Literacy Month

"Take 800 milligrams of this medication TID. You can also take an additional dose as a PRN." Wait, what?!?

School-Based Health Centers are often a first point of contact for medical visits. SBHC providers and staff work hard to make sure students and families understand medical instructions and suggestions.

The following are some resources for health literacy:
October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Many young people experience bullying. There are many ways to support bullying prevention in your school and community.

The following are some resources:
www.nmasbhc.org | (505) 404-8059 | info@nmasbhc.org