NMASBHC Newsletter

Greetings school-based health care partners and supporters,


Fall is here and with this change in seasons comes exciting news and events! Our Executive Director, Nancy Rodriguez, gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby boy last month. She is enjoying her time as a new mom and will be back the first week of November. NMASBHC is also proud to announce that Adrian Carver, NMASBHC's president-elect, won the Molina Healthcare Community Champion Award for his dedicated work revolving around increasing access to school-based health care and promoting youth engagement in New Mexico.









Adrian Carver, 2015 President-Elect for NMASBHC 










This month's newsletter presents important information regarding funding opportunities for SBHCs, NM GRADS fall training, Lovelace Health System and NMASBHC's statewide initiative to update our online SBHC locator. Please feel free to contact our program manager, Alex Rios at alex.nmasbhc@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like more information about the content of this email.  


Wishing you a very happy and healthy October!


Alex Rios

NMASBHC Program Manager


What You'll Find In This Newsletter (click to jump to section):

osahhOffice of School and Adolescent Health to Release RFP in October

In the linked letter (click here to access), OSAH Director Yolanda Montoya-Cordova shares the latest updates that you need to know about the next round of the SBHC contract DOH RFP process this fall, revised standards and benchmarks, and the SBHA census.
lovelaceLovelace Health System Services for Young Women and Mothers
The NMASBHC is pleased to report that Lovelace Health System has made a donation to help us meet our unrestricted funds goal. We thank them greatly for this! They have also been a source of information and guidance about other issues. The health care landscape has hanged quite a bit this past year. If you didn't know already, Lovelace Health System no longer offers any type of health insurance or coverage. They have returned to their roots and are now composed of a hospital and provider group in Albuquerque and Roswell.

They offer multiple services that are of great benefit for young women and in particular, young mothers. Please note:

  • In Albuquerque, the Lovelace Women's Health Services recently opened behind its Lovelace Westside Hospital to meet the needs of women on the Westside and in Rio Rancho. They provide a vast array of women's services including annual exams, prenatal care, free pregnancy testing and minimally invasive gynecology surgery. The second Women's Health Services location is at the Lovelace Women's hospital in Northeast Albuquerque.
  • Appointments for Women's Health and other services are available by calling 505-727-2727
  • Lovelace offers free pregnancy testing at these two Women's Health Services centers. No appointment is needed for this test. Lovelace has 16 providers serving these locations, including six certified nurse midwives. While SBHCs offer pregnancy tests, sometimes patients want a second test or to be tested in a facility in which they want to seek prenatal care. And Lovelace labs are available during more hours than most SBHCs can offer.
  • Lovelace offers three birthing facilities: Lovelace Hospitals
    • Lovelace Women's Hospital,
    • Lovelace Westside Hospital at Golf Course Road in Albuquerque and
    • Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell, New Mexico.
    • Each one offers comfortable, convenient, high quality care delivered by compassionate physicians, midwives and staff. They understand the needs of young mothers.
  • To help women and their families with their delivery, Lovelace offers a Labor of Love Program that offers special benefits to new moms including prenatal yoga classes, a copy of the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" after taking a tour of one of our birthing centers, and other perks. Also, new moms at their Albuquerque birthing in 2014 will be offered a year-long, no-cost membership to Explora for the whole family to enjoy (up to 6 people).  To join the Labor of Lovelace Program, call 505.727.7677 in Albuquerque or 888-727-4531 in Roswell. Labor of Love 

"These health care centers make it easier for our patients to get the care they need in one location," said Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher, chief of Women Services for Lovelace Health System."The health care centers are conveniently located right by a Lovelace hospital so patients can easily access hospital services as well." 

The Lovelace Health System accepts most major insurance plans including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Molina Healthcare, TRICARE, Medicare, Medicaid, United Healthcare Community Plan and United Retiree Health Care Authority.


GRADSSave the Date: GRADS Fall Training Event October 2nd and 3rd 
This week NM GRADS is holding their annual fall training event in Socorro, NM. This is a great opportunity for those interested in case management, supporting young fathers and methods for addressing stigma and shame among teen parents. Please RSVP to nmgrads@nmgrads.org to reserve your spot. Click here to see the event flyer for more information.



locatorNMASBHC SBHC Locator Update 

In September NMASBHC sent out a request to update your SBHC information for our website and newsletter. Please visit our website, your email and the snail mail for a request (and form) for this information. SBHCs that submit this updated information form will be mailed a $10 gift card to Wal-Mart and entered into a drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. Please help us be a good advocacy partner for you by sharing this new and improved information with us. Please email you completed forms to Alex Rios at alex.nmasbhc@gmail.com.

sbhacensusSBHA Census in Full Swing

Every three years the School-Based Health Alliance produces a national reporthighlighting the efforts and outcomes of school-based health centers around the U.S. This census is important to the field of school-based health because it displays how the individual efforts of SBHCs merge to improve the overall health of children and adolescents across the nation.

Please click this link to insert information about your school-based health center. If you have questions about participating in the census or navigating the School-Based Health Alliance website feel free to contact the SBHA at census@sbh4all.org or NMASBHC at nancyrodrigueznmasbhc@gmail.com. Please note that there are raffle prizes available, but only if you participate!

csmhSBHA and CSMH Quality Improvement Initiative

The School-Based Health Alliance and Center for School Mental Health were recently awarded a $2.8 million cooperative agreement from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. This award will be used to fund activities concerned with researching best practices for clinical care in SBHCs and improve SBHC sustainability nationwide. Please click on this link to view the official announcement.
immunizationNM Immunization Coalition Mini Grant Deadline Oct. 16th

SBHCs are invited to apply for mini-grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 each to support NMIC's movement to increase immunization rates in New Mexico. Visit the NMIC website to learn more about this opportunity and to apply. There is a total of $20,000 available for the FY 2014-2015 cycle. 


envisionEnvision NM Telehealth Schedule
Visit Envision New Mexico's Calendar (http://envisionnm.org/xcalendar/) for information on upcoming Telehealth sessions. Envision New Mexico's telehealth options bring together providers for learning, discussion, and case consultation. Our telehealth programs partner with the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Project (Project ECHO) of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. CMEs are available at no charge (unless otherwise noted). 


yrrsYRRS Data Presentation Dates

This fall and winter the Youth Risk and Resiliency Steering Committee will be holding presentations on YRRS's 2013 results. These events will highlight emerging issues in NM adolescent health and high risk behaviors. Visit www.youthrisk.org to learn more. If you're interested in attending, please email yrrs@youthrisk.org to register for these events.


guideA Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health

The National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center presents "A Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health: Programs, tools and more". This guide addresses a variety of topics adapted from the national Healthy People 2020 initiative such as obesity, violence, mental health and tobacco. Click on the above link to learn more about the latest gold standard methods for health promotion interventions and disease prevention for youth populations.


shoppinggSupport NMASBHC By Shopping 

You can help support the work of NMASBHC to advocate for SBHCs by shopping! Check out the ways you can shop at Amazon, Albertson's and Smith's and get cash to the organization:

  • Amazon Smile: If you're shopping at Amazon.com, .5% of your eligible Amazon purchase can go back to NMASBHC when you make it through: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0859783. Set this up as your default Amazon account page for easy shopping. Many of the eligible items are also eligible for Prime shipping.
  • Albertson's: Shop with the Albertson's Community Partners program and 1% of your purchase value goes back to NMASBHC when you participate! Ask NMASBHC for the special key tag you'll scan when you shop to benefit NMASBHC.
  • Smith's: 1% of your purchase value goes back to NMASBHC when you assign your value card to our organization. Sign up today! Register at: www.smithscommunityrewards.com. If you already have a rewards card, you'll have to associate it in your online account with NMASBHC. If you haven't yet created an account, you can do so online or in the store.