NMASBHC Newsletter

A Note from the Executive Director 


Congratulations to the many of you who are wrapping up a school year serving the health needs of New Mexico youth! As you conclude this school year and plan for the next, please read on for many helpful resources. The New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care is growing and planning for new ways to serve you so please take note of the upcoming opportunities and contact us if we can help. We especially want to alert you to the addition to our team of a new Program Manager for Constituent Services, Kimberly Stanek. Kim comes to us from the NMDOH Family Planning Program and has a wealth of public health expertise to bring to the Alliance and to you!  We hope you'll get a chance to meet her at regional SBHC trainings we have planned in the upcoming school year, and you can reach her at kimstanek.nmasbhc@gmail.com. In the meantime, wishing you a happy and healthy summer!


Best wishes,

Nancy Rodriguez



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

highlightsSBHC Highlights



Congresswoman Lujan Grisham Visits ACE Leadership High SBHC

NMASBHC joined the UNM College of Nursing and the ACE Leadership High Administration and Students in welcoming Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham on a tour of the high school and its school-based health center on May 5th.  Keith Haynie, UNM College of Nursing Faculty, ACE's SBHC Nurse Practitioner and NMASBHC's Board Secretary, invited the Congresswoman during a visit to her Washington office as part of a "Day on the Hill" event our national partner, the School Based Health Alliance, planned in February.  The Congresswoman toured the school and SBHC, visited with students, made a statement aired on KOAT Channel 7 News, and assured us that she is an avid supporter of SBHCs during her work representing New Mexico in Congress. (In picture, from L to R, ACE Principal Tori Stephens-Shauger, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham, ACE Director of Community Engagement Sahra Saedi, and SBHC Provider Keith Haynie)


Albuquerque SBHCs Offering Summer Hours to Any High School Student

This summer the Albuquerque High School and Highland High School SBHCs in Albuquerque will have open hours for any high school students. Please see the included flyers for more information about hours and services:


Job Opportunitiesjobb 
  • Behavioral Health Provider, Belen SBHC
  • Nurse Practitioner, Belen SBHC
  • Nurse Practitioner, Mountainair SBHC
The Central Regional Educational Cooperative is seeking new staff for the Belen and Mountainair High School School-Based Health Centers. Please contact Linda Filippi (LFilippi@crecnm.org) for information about these open positions.
fundingFunding Opportunity

Con Alma Health Foundation Small Grants: Cycle Now Open!
The deadline is approaching for the Con Alma Health Foundation Small Grants, which fund health systems changes projects and Northern New Mexico health services for unmet needs - up to $15,000. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2015. For more information about applying, visit: 


trainingTraining Opportunities  
June NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings Offered

Webinar Training Sessions are currently available for employees of entities qualified to participate in NM Medicaid's Presumptive Eligibility Program. Seating is limited and space is available on a first come, first served basis. After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will include instructions on how to join the training on its scheduled date and time. If you have any questions regarding entities qualified to participate as PEDs, the PED certification process or for more information on training sessions being scheduled for future months, please e-mail: HSD.PEDeterminers@state.nm.us


Please use these links to register for ONE of the sessions below:




Webinar: The Social Stigma of Parenting Young: Impacts on Education and Health
NMASBHC is partnered with PED and GRADS to encourage collaboration between SBHCs and GRADS programs to best support the health care needs of expectant and parenting teens. We encourage you to consider attending this webinar to learn more about how stigma effects young people and their health on June 4, 2015 from 11:00am to 12:00pm. To register, view the flyer by clicking here.

Envision Webinars
In addition to the live webinars offered for SBHC personnel, Envision New Mexico now offers viewable videos of previous webinars (http://envisionnm.org/index.php/telehealth/videos/) and online telehealth training (http://envisionnm.org/index.php/telehealth/onlinetraining/) that can be taken whenever you are available. Visit associated pages on Envision New Mexico's website to learn more.
helpfulHelpful Reports
CHIPRA/SHCIP Report: Right Time, Right Place
The final report of the CHIPRA-funded New Mexico School-Based Center Improvement Project (SHCIP) is now available! Right Place, Right Time: School-Based Health Centers Improve Care for Adolescents summarizes the purpose, methods, findings, and policy recommendations of the five-year Federal demonstration project. During these five years the SHCIP team worked closely with 22 SBHCs in New Mexico and Colorado to demonstrate that SBHCs play a vital role in improving the health care of adolescents. Findings show that SBHCs effectively participate in the medical home model of care, utilize continuous quality improvement of care to improve services, and effectively engage youth in their own care. The policy recommendations based on our findings are summarized on pages 64 and 65. Please review this report and consider the findings and recommendations of the SHCIP team. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact McKane Sharff at msharff@salud.unm.edu.

CDC Report Names SBHC as Effective Intervention
During the past two years, members of staff at the CDC's Community Guide have systematically reviewed the literature describing the effectiveness of SBHCs. The Community Preventive Services Task Force (an independent panel of public health and prevention experts) has recommended SBHCs as an effective intervention for improving health equity and influencing health and educational outcomes. This recommendation by a distinguished panel of health experts will help increase awareness about and encourage the growth of the school-based health care model. To read more, visit: Community Preventative Services Task Force Recommends SBHCs.


formalNMASBHC Updates - Provide Your Input!  
Creating a Formal New Mexico Definition of School-Based Health Centers
NMASBHC has convened a working group to create a formal New Mexico definition of SBHCs, and we would like your input. Click here to see a field test version. This link can also be found in the What's New section of our website. It is based on the School Based Health Alliance's efforts at a national definition, the language from the Children's Health Insurance Program Re-Authorization Act, and the work of the 2015 NMASBHC SBHC Definition Working Group.

Story Request: Confidential Healthcare and Private Insurance
As you may know from previous newsletters, NMASBHC has convened a coalition of community partners interested in preserving health care confidentiality for privately insured individuals, including youth.  We have heard from many of you that this problem poses a real risk to young people and to the financial sustainability of SBHCs. We know that many SBHCs bear the cost of care when a patient is seeking confidential services and private insurance cannot be billed for fear that the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or other communication will be sent to the primary policy holder.  We are collecting stories about how this challenge exists in the community and hope you can help us by completing the included story request/survey.  You also are welcome to join this coalition; just let me know by email at nancyrodrigueznmasbhc@gmail.com if you'd like to participate.


focusAdolescent Patient Resources: Summer and Fall EPSDT/Sports Physical Outreach


Fresh Ideas from a Colleague

This is our monthly feature on provision of quality adolescent health care.  This month's resource is a fresh idea from the SBHC Coordinator at RFK Charter School in Albuquerque, Sabrina Owens (pictured here in their clinic), on marketing the SBHC.  In planning for summer registration and EPSDT/Sports Physicals, Sabrina and her clinic team are giving out poker chips that have health messages and SBHC marketing info to students at the school. When they come make an appointment at the SBHC, they can "spend" the poker chips in the SBHC "bank" on their choice of items Sabrina purchased through Oriental Trading Company, including pencils and other small gifts. Even if they don't choose to "spend" their chip, they still end up with an SBHC marketing tool! Congrats to the RFK team for making SBHC appointments a bankable commodity at their school!