February 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director
Happy National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month! This year’s theme (as you’ll see below) is “Healing Super Heroes Every School Day!” NMASBHC couldn’t agree more with that sentiment; we view the children that SBHCs serve as the keys to our future. Without the efforts of SBHCs (and the superheroes who work there), their futures would be less than super. We hope you’ll embrace this idea and check out some of the great resources that SBHA has to raise awareness about school-based health (everything from a Twitter Chat on February 21st to logos you can download from their website for posters and other outreach in schools). This awareness is especially important in New Mexico as we strive to expand funding for SBHCs through the current legislative session. Please see below one of our infographic tools you can use to contact your state representative or senator to encourage their support for more funding. The House Appropriations Committee is a particularly important group to reach out to, and you can feel free to use the tool below or reach out to us for others if you want support in connecting with elected officials. We’re working hard at the legislature to ensure that your voices and those of the families served at SBHCs are heard, and we hope you’ll help us.

A special note: Please join NMASBHC in congratulating our excellent Program Manager, Kim Stanek, on the forthcoming arrival of a new child. For those of you used to getting direct support from Kim, please note that she will be on maternity leave starting on or around February 19th. You can reach out to me if you need help. In the meantime, we are sending wishes for health and happiness to Kim’s family.

Yours in partnership,

Nancy Rodriguez

Website is Live
NMASBHC is excited to announce that our new website is now live! We would like to thank everyone for their patience these last several months as we have worked hard to overhaul our old website. We hope the new website will make it easier to access resources, request support, and understand the reach and impact SBHCs have across our state.

As we transition to our new website, we will also be transitioning our staff email addresses at NMASBHC. You can now contact us at the email addresses below.

Nancy Rodriguez, Executive Director

Kim Stanek, Program Manager for Constituent Services

General Information

(emails to the old addresses will be forwarded until June 30th)
Thank you to our funders, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and New Mexico Department of Health, for making this transformation possible.
Support SBHCs this Legislative Session!
Contact your elected officials now and encourage them to support expanded funding for SBHCs!
Exemplary SBHC Application Open Now!
It is that time of year again! The 2019 NMASBHC Exemplary Award application is now available. Start coordinating with your SBHC teams now and apply to be recognized statewide as an Exemplary Awardee.

All SBHCs in New Mexico are eligible to apply (DOH contracted and non-contracted sites). We can't wait to see your applications! Download the application packet below. If you have any questions please contact kim@nmasbhc.org.

Applications are due February 28, 2019

SBHC Updates
Asthma Environmental Triggers Project
Grant Opportunity - Extension
Five school-based health centers serving students in  San Juan, Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Rio
Arriba, and Doña Ana counties will be selected to implement local activities to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers. The selected SBHCs will each receive a stipend of $4,000 to implement an asthma environmental triggers project starting February 2019 with a completion date of June 30th. Technical assistance from NMASBHC and tools and resources to better support the asthma management and prevention needs of students with asthma will be provided as part of the project.

Here are resources and examples of projects done in New Mexico and across the country.

To apply, download the RFA below and submit to kim@nmasbhc.org by February 11, 2019.

This project is possible through funding from New Mexico Department of Health Asthma Control Program.
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Department of Health Request for Proposal
Is your SBHC interested in new or continued funding through NMDOH? Be on the lookout for updates regarding the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) out of the Office of School and Adolescent Health (OSAH) to support the great work SBHCs are doing across New Mexico.

If you need technical assistance with your RFP, help deciding how to expand, or have other quesitons, please don't hesitate to contact NMASBHC for support.
Basecamp for New Mexico SBHC Teams
Join the New Mexico School-Based Health Center Basecamp! Participate in regular check-ins with NMASBHC, NMDOH, Apex, and other SBHC partners, ask other SBHCs across New Mexico questions or share your own best practices and find SBHC specific documents and resources all rolled up in one easy-to-digest cloud based system.

In the beginning NMASBHC will pose questions we have heard from the field, but, at any time, you also can pose questions to other SBHCs, OSAH, NMASBHC, or Apex. We hope this communication avenue will allow you to connect with SBHC teams across the state as well as the SBHC partners in a way that fits with your busy schedules.
Head to Toe SBHC Pre-Conference
Talk to your team about who will represent your SBHC at the SBHC pre-conference and Head 2 Toe Conference. Registration for the full conference is open now and early bird prices are available until February 20th!
HSD/Medicaid Updates
BHSD Updates
Check out these new tools available from BHSD: 

HSD/MAD Medicaid Eligibility Training Available
Webinar Training Sessions are now available for employees of entities qualified to participate in the NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Program. The training will include the Presumptive Eligibility (PE) application process and an informational overview of Medicaid, including categories of eligibility and eligibility guidelines. PE Certification requirements include active participation in the entire training session, completion of a post-training comprehension exam and submission of all Presumptive Eligibility Determiner (PED) registration documents. PE webinar training sessions will be conducted through the New Mexico Human Services Department’s (HSD) Blackboard Training system. You must have access to the Blackboard site and a working phone line to participate in a session.
The next PED training sessions are listed below. 
February 12th and 13th
March 12th and 13th

More sessions will be scheduled soon. If you need to reschedule your training session, have questions or need additional help, please contact Vanessa Medina at Vanessa.Medina@state.nm.us or at (505) 476-7151.

If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or would like more information on future training sessions, please e-mail HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
February is School-Based Health Care Awareness Month
Every February, the school-based health care community celebrates National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month—an opportunity to recognize our success and raise awareness about how school-based health centers (SBHCs) are revolutionizing the way children and adolescents access health care services.
The School-Based Health Alliance is currently seeking new members for its Youth Advisory Council (YAC)!
The YAC is a youth-led service group that brings students together for a one-year term of leadership, advocacy, and service aimed at the promotion of school-based health care on a national level. Through the council, youth share their expertise on important adolescent health topics, build connections with a network of youth who are passionate about school-based health, and cultivate knowledge and skills about public health and youth development.

Please see this flyer for posting and dissemination to youth, colleagues, and partners.

Visit SBHA's website to learn more and access the application. Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 28.
Vaccines Work!
With the recent Measles outbreaks across the country, NMASBHC would like to promote a new resource available through The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). They just launched the first video of its newest, animated video series for parents, “How Vaccines Work.”

In these short videos, viewers follow baby Jack and his parents as they get answers to common vaccine-related questions and learn more about the importance of vaccinating on schedule. The first video describes how vaccines fight germs and provide long-lasting protection against 14 serious diseases. Watch “How Vaccines Work: How Do Germs Make Your Baby Sick?”
New Mexico Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness
The New Mexico Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness will educate young people, educators and other adults about the growing opioid epidemic and encourage healthy decision-making. An essential ingredient to a solution is stopping the spread of addiction through a message of abstaining from experimentation – if less young people are experimenting with these highly addictive drugs, less will fall victim to this often-fatal disease of addiction. The program seeks to educate students, teachers, and parents about the dangers, warning signs, and effects of opioid abuse, and also connect them with resources to deal with opioid abuse. Most of all, the program aims to recognize and promote healthy choices and demonstrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

MARCH 6, 2019 
NM SBHC Provider Featured in Documentary
The Providers
A documentary featuring rural northern New Mexico called The Providers is set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America. The documentary follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico that work at El Centro Family Health. One of the providers is Matt Probst, a primary care provider who works at SBHCs in Northern New Mexico. The full documentary is scheduled to be released in April 2019 on PBS. There are screenings across the U.S. at various film festivals and upon request. To get a preview, watch the trailer at http://theprovidersdoc.com/.

A screening will be scheduled at the 2019 Head to Toe School Health Conference.
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