March 2019 Newsletter
A Note from the Executive Director

Happy Spring! Okay, maybe we are still covered in snow in much of New Mexico, but March will bring us spring (March 20 th to be precise). We at NMASBHC are embracing the hope that the season of spring invariably brings. Firstly, we are celebrating the healthy delivery of Kim’s new baby girl (congratulations Kim and family!); thank you to many of you who sent well wishes this last week. Secondly, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the $1.5 million dollars expanded funding for SBHCs in New Mexico that recently passed in the House budget, will remain there throughout the rest of the budgeting process. Call your Senators to encourage them to pass the budget with that funding intact! And lastly, we are celebrating March as National Nutrition month by offering a copy of the book, Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs (actually aimed at ages 9-19), to the first three newsletter readers who email me. SBHCs are on the front lines of addressing healthy eating and physical activity habits; we hope this book will help you share healthy options with young people. And we hope your spring is filled with hope!

Yours in health,

Nancy Rodriguez

We're Turning Twenty!
Did you know that the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care has been working to support the field since 1999? 2019 marks our platinum anniversary, and while we'll be celebrating all year long, we'll be making a special splash at the Head to Toe Conference. So, make sure to visit our exhibit table and attend our events during the SBHC Pre-Conference to join the party!
New NMASBHC 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 for approximately 6 months)

Thank you to our funders, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and New Mexico Department of Health, for making this transformation possible.
SBHC Updates
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. The event is coming soon, and NMASBHC will be celebrating our 20th anniversary throughout the conference! Register today.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Resource for SBHCs
Did You Know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico offers a number of community outreach and philanthropic resources that your SBHC could use? Check out the new flyer we co-created with BCBSNM detailing these resources. Available for download on Basecamp or on the NMASBHC website:
SBHC Sponsor Corner
Congratulations to 3 SBHC Sponsors Receiving HRSA Capital Grants
We are proud of our New Mexico SBHC sponsors who were awarded HRSA funding for their SBHCs.

Ben Archer Health Center currently sponsors 7 SBHCs in southern New Mexico, El Centro Family Health currently sponsors 8 SBHCs in Northern New Mexico, and Las Clinicas Del Norte Currently sponsors 2 SBHCs in Northern New Mexico.

All three of these Federally Qualified Health Centers are champions of school-based health care, and we are thrilled they can improved and expand their services through this funding.
NMDOH/OSAH RFP for SBHCs Coming Soon!
The New Mexico Department of Health/Office of School and Adolescent Health is projecting the release date of the SBHC Request for Proposals to be in early March. NMASBHC will announce the release, as soon as we become aware of it, through Basecamp. You also can check NMDOH's online announcements at:
Basecamp for New Mexico SBHCs
Thanks to all of the SBHC Team Members who have been posting and responding to others' posts on Basecamp. For those who have thus far been shy, check it out! Some of the recent topics have included challenges in collaborating with school staff, announcements about legislative action and tools from Medicaid MCOs. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to NMASBHC at, or check out some great tip videos at:
HSD/Medicaid Updates
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. 
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 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
Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Administration Reversing Policies - Public Hearings Slated
Co-Payments, Premiums and Limitations of Retroactive Eligibility will not be Pursued: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham directed the Human Services Department to seek federal approval to reverse several policy decisions previously made on the Medicaid program that would have impacted nearly 700,000 New Mexicans. A letter to the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been sent by HSD requesting approval to reverse the policy decisions submitted as part of New Mexico’s Centennial Care 2.0 demonstration waiver last year, which have been implemented or are scheduled to be implemented this year. 

The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) will hold public hearings and accept public comments on the Medicaid health care program known as Centennial Care 2.0. regarding changes to the program as part of the amendment to the Centennial Care federal waiver proposed to be effective July 1, 2019. The public hearings will be held to receive comments about the draft amendment waiver in different regions of the state as follows:

Las Cruces – Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Thomas Branigan Library 200 East Picacho Avenue Las Cruces, NM 88001 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Santa Fe – Monday, April 15, 2019 Medicaid Advisory Committee Meeting New Mexico Department of Health Harold L. Runnels Building - Auditorium 1190 S. St. Francis Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87501 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participate in a Public Hearing Event by Phone: Monday, April 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. A phone line will be available for any member of the public join the Santa Fe public hearing to hear or provide comments via telephone. Call (toll-free) 1-800-747- 5150; Participant Code: 0139586.

The public may view the draft waiver application that outlines changes being considered on HSD’s website:
BHSD Updates
Check out these new tools available from BHSD: 

  • The newly available Treat First Talks and Application are now available at: SBHCs are an excellent location for this model, and we encourage you to investigate the options.
Clinic Resources, Training Opportunities, and Community Announcements
March is National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month ®  is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

To download a celebration toolkit to promote National Nutrition Month visit the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition's website.
LARC Training - March 22nd in Santa Fe
School-based health centers (and other providers) seeking to expand their provision of LARC are encouraged to sign up for this training, which includes components on counseling, and IUD practicum, and a Nexplanon training. Reach out to NMASBHC with any questions; follow instructions on the flyer and below for registration.

Also offered on March 22 nd  from 5:00-7:00 pm: Free Nexplanon training. Slots are limited – separate registration for this session is needed and *in addition to* registration for the general 8:30 am-4:30 pm training. Contact Ashley Eichorn: to sign up for Nexplanon training (dinner will be provided).
SBHC Webinar From Southwest Indigenous Initiative - March 12, 2019
Attend this special webinar for SBHC and youth-serving professionals to review strategies for addressing HIV transmission and prevention, sexual orientation and gender with youth. A special thank you to SWII for including our field in their outreach and education as part of the 2019 National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events.
Kewa Youth Summit Set for March 16th
Registration for the Kewa Youth Summit is now open and due March 11th. The health and wellness theme for the event is suicide prevention. Interested parties should contact Marsha Lovato at or on the number on the flyer pictured here.
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

A screening will be scheduled at the 2019 Head to Toe School Health Conference. | (505) 404-8059 |