NMASBHC Newsletter

Greetings school-based health care providers, staff, and advocates! 


The New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care is excited to announce the return of our Executive Director, Nancy Rodriguez, from maternity leave on November 3rd. In addition to this good news NMASBHC was awarded a multi-year grant from the Con Alma Health Foundation, Inc. The purpose of this grant is to improve access to and confidentiality of sensitive services for adolescents and others. We will keep our followers and members updated on the many school-based health care successes that will arise from this opportunity.  


In this newsletter you will find information about updating your SBHC's information for our online School-Based Health Center locator, call for abstracts for the 2015 Head to Toe conference, the new UNM/NMSU MCH Public Health Training Institute and much more. We hope you have a safe, healthy and happy fall!


Best Wishes,

The New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care


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

locatorformHelp NMASBHC Spread the Word about Your School-Based Health Center

In September your SBHC may have received a SBHC site information packet from the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care. This form will be used to update our New Mexico online SBHC locator. This essential tool is used by patients, providers, legislators and funders from all over the country to access information about comprehensive healthcare. This is why it is our top priority to ensure that the information in this tool is current and correct. 


If you have not already done so, please fill out the form located at this link if you did not receive a packet from us by September 13th or if you prefer to fill out the online version. Please email it to NMASBHC's Executive Director, Nancy Rodriguez, at nancyrodrigueznmasbhc@gmail.com. If NMASBHC receives your information by November 7, 2014 your SBHC will be mailed a $10 Wal-Mart gift card as a thank you for your participation!

sbhacensusParticipate in the School-Based Health Alliance Census

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!

conferencesUpcoming Conferences and Call for Abstracts 

2015 Head to Toe Conference

The annual Head to Toe Conference will be held April 15-17, 2015 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. If you are interested in presenting in one of the breakout sessions please click this link to apply. The deadline for applications is

November 24, 2014.  


Present at the 2015 National School-Based Health Care Convention

The School-Based Health Alliance is seeking experts and innovators to present at its 2015 convention, to be held in Austin, Texas, June 16-19, 2015. This is an opportunity for health care providers to share their expertise with the school-based health care field. Workshops for the 2015 convention fall under one of the five tracks: clinical skills, accountability, systems, population health, or business. Visit http://www.sbh4all.org/callforabstracts to submit an abstract for your presentation. The call for abstracts is only open from September 29 through November 3, 2014, so don't delay.


fundingFunding Opportunities

OSAH RFP Coming Soon

Stay on the lookout for the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of School and Adolescent Health Request for Proposals. This is a great opportunity to increase your reach in your community and build upon you school-based health care capacity.

CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative

As a new model of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative will award $840 million for the creation of evidence-based, peer-led collaboratives and practice transformation networks to support physicians in providing high-quality care. The focus is primarily on heart health, diabetes and asthma. Click here for more information. Informational webinars are on November 6 and November 20Nonbinding LOIs are due November 20; Application deadline due January 6, 2015.  

envisionEnvision NM Telehealth

If you are interested in acquiring CMEs or just enhancing your health care knowledge, click on the Envision New Mexico Telehealth link to see their schedule for upcoming online events. Program topics include Telepsychiatry, School-Based Health Centers and pediatric nutrition.


instituteNew UNM/NMSU MCH Public Health Training Institute
  • Do you work in Maternal Child Health (MCH)?
  • Are you interested in improving health outcomes for children and families in New Mexico?
  • Is it difficult to take classes because of work/family demands?
  • Have you been looking for a public health program that specializes in regional MCH issues and can help you further your career?
  • Do you know someone who could benefit from this program?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please consider becoming a part of the new Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Institute by participating in our new Certificate in Maternal Child Health or sharing the opportunity with your colleagues and employees.  


Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Public Health
  • Assessment and Epidemiology
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Management and Leadership

Each course will consist of one in-person and an individualized curriculum with content-specific modules, delivered through distance learning modalities, such as online courses, telehealth offerings, and webinars. The capstone experience of the certificate will include a written capstone paper based on an emerging MCH issue in New Mexico. Courses will receive graduate academic credit and can be used to pursue an MPH and other degrees.


Faculty are from:

  • UNM Public Health Program
  • New Mexico State University Department of Public Health Sciences (NMSU),
  • UNM Center for Rural and Behavioral Health in the Department of Psychiatry (CRCBH), and
  • UNM Department of Pediatrics
  • Practical experts from a variety of public health fields

Our first cohort begins in January 2015.  To learn more about the MCH Certificate and fellowships available, please contact Noell Stone, MPH at sstone@salud.unm.edu or 505-239-4614. Click this link to view the flyer.


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.