NMASBHC Newsletter

A Note from the Executive Director 


Happy Summer! As we all begin to look forward to the imminent 2015-16 school year, NMASBHC is gathering and creating new resources for school-based health centers, planning technical assistance that can support your work, and looking toward new efforts to advocate for young people and the health services that best care for them. Please read on for updates about how we are hoping to serve you and contact us if we can help. In this newsletter, you'll also find external resources we've gathered that may be of interest.

Wishing you a healthy summer and wonderful Independence Day!

Nancy Rodriguez




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

highlightsSBHC Highlights


Highland High School Youth Engagement Outreach Tools 

NMASBHC recently visited the Highland High School (Albuquerque) SBHC to learn about their unique case management program. We also discovered some great outreach tools for two of their youth engagement and support efforts. Please see the following flyers for their Youth SHAC and LGBTQ Students and Allies Group for ideas about how you can reach out to the youth with whom you work. If you'd like more information about their services, please contact Zachary Bosshardt at zmbosshardt@unmmg.org.

SBHCs Awarded Family Planning Program Funding 

Congratulations to the following SBHCs who were awarded funding from the New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program to operate services for youth: Carlsbad High School, Crownpoint Area SBHCs - Indian Health Service, and Laguna-Acoma Jr/Sr High School!


cornerSBHC Sponsor Corner

New Monthly Feature for SBHC Sponsoring Entity Administrators 
At the suggestion of the NMDOH Office of School and Adolescent Health, NMASBHC is adding this new monthly feature that will include information critical to SBHC operations that sponsoring entities will want to pay special attention to. If you have ideas or questions for this new feature, please let us know! This month, we're sharing a tool created by the NM Centennial Care MCOs for the 2015 SBHC pre-conference of Head to Toe. For those who couldn't attend, this powerpoint is a critical tool for appropriately billing Medicaid, which is central to financial sustainability for SBHCs.
hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources

MCO-SBHC Advisory Committee Meeting in July
The MCO-SBHC Advisory Committee, which meets quarterly, will hold its next meeting on July 14th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the HSD - MAD offices. If you are interested in participating and want to be added to the member list, receive agendas and minutes, etc., please send an email to nancyrodrigueznmasbhc@gmail.com.
July 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:

Session 1: July 14, 2015, https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1866391668737325570.

Session 2: July 28, 2015,


trainingTraining Opportunities 


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.

Notah Begay III Foundation - Native Strong Webinars
Webinars featuring the work of the foundation's grantees are now open to all and recorded sessions can be viewed after the live webinars. Visit
http://www.nb3foundation.org/grant-seekers/technical-assistance-resources/ for webinars on such topics as data and evaluation, Native nutrition and wellness programs, and others. 
volunteerVolunteer Opportunity

NMASBHC Seeking New Board Treasurer with Finance Expertise
AThe New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care is seeking a Board Treasurer. For more information, visit our posting at http://centerfornonprofitexcellence.org/volunteer-connection/board-treasurer-needed-share-your-finance-expertise. If interested, please contact incoming Board President, Adrian Carver, at adrian.carver@gmail.com.
conventionNational School Based Health Alliance Convention Report 
The 20th annual School Based Health Alliance (SBHA) convention was held in Austin June 16th through 19th and more than 20 New Mexicans attended to learn about national trends, data, and policy developments in the field of school health. The following are a few highlights and resources from the convention:

NM Student Represents on Youth Advisory Council
Cameron Estrada, an incoming senior at Roswell High School, seen above with Nancy Rodriguez, NMASBHC Executive Director, is representing the youth voice at the School Based Health Alliance as a member of their Youth Advisory Council. She co-presented a session on youth engagement and healthy lifestyles at the SBHA convention. Read more about her and the Youth Advisory Council at http://www.sbh4all.org/youth-advisory-council/.  
Convention Powerpoints Available to All! 
If you were unable to attend the convention but wish to view the materials from some of the presentations, many are now available for free download at http://www.sbh4all.org/session-materials/.

NM Posters Available to Download - Coming Soon!
Two NMASBHC Board Members, Adrian Carver and Keith Haynie, were selected to present posters at the SBHA convention. Watch the NMASBHC website "What's New" section for their downloadable posters, coming soon!


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. Please submit feedback by 7/15/15. 
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

Food Insecurity and Nutrition Resource
Summer can be a particularly hard time for young people who get most of their meals from the school breakfast and lunch programs. A growing number of SBHCs nationwide are seeing a need to tackle food insecurity issues their patients face as well as general nutrition issues. The following is a new resource for recipes that is user-friendly enough for adolescents:
  • The USDA recently launched the 'What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl' website (http://www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov) which includes recipes focusing on healthy and delicious ways to use USDA Foods ingredients, gathered alongside budget-conscious options from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, healthy My Plate-friendly choices from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, and large quantity offerings from the Child Nutrition Program.


NMDOH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource: Free BrdzNBz New Mexico Tools

Do the teens you work with have questions about puberty, sexual health, and healthy relationships? Help them get the right information. The BrdsNBz text line offers free, anonymous, and real-time responses for teens across New Mexico. Teens will receive medically accurate and values neutral answers from a certified health educator as well as local referrals within 24 hours. The service is available in either English or Spanish. All teens have to do is text NMTeen to 66746 to opt in and then start asking questions! Here are some links to several downloadable posters and flyers in both English and Spanish:

You can also click here for a downloadable order form. Materials are free!