NMASBHC Newsletter

July 2015

A Note from the Executive Director 


Is it back to school time already?! I know it is around the corner for many of you, and NMASBHC hopes we can be an even bigger support in this next year as you serve young people and their communities. Please watch this newsletter in the coming months for trainings, resources and updates critical to New Mexico School-Based Health Centers, and please read on for updates that may be useful as you kick off your operations for 2015-2016. Also, a warm welcome to the newly-funded DOH sponsors and clinics contracted as of July 1st; see newsletter for that list.

Wishing you and those you serve - health!

Nancy Rodriguez



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

  • SBHC Highlights
    • SBHCs Partnered with NMDOH
    • La Clinica de Familia SBHC School Kickoff Outreach Strategies
    • Male Outreach Suggestions - A New Brief/Tool for SBHCs and GRADS!
    • Comprehensive Wellness Exams - A State and National Focus
    • August is National Health Center Week!
  • HSD/Medicaid Resources
    • August Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Trainings
    • Medicaid Billing Technical Assistance and Training
    • July 30th is Medicaid's 50th Birthday
  • Training Opportunities
    • Envision Webinars
    • SBHA Webinars
  • NMASBHC Updates - Provide Your Information and Input
    • SBHC Locator - Update Your SBHC Information for Our Website
    • Story Request: Confidential Healthcare and Private Insurance
  • Adolescent Patient Resource
    • GLSEN - Resources and Tools for Albuquerque LGBTQ Youth
    • NMDOH - Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource: Free BrdsNBz New Mexico Tools
highlightsSBHC Highlights


Update: SBHCs Working with NMDOH/OSAH

Congratulations to the SBHCs who were awarded funding from the New Mexico Department of Health Office of School and Adolescent Health and those partnering for technical assistance and data sharing. Please see this document for a comprehensive list of all of the agencies and schools involved. 


La Clinica de Familia SBHC School Kickoff Outreach Strategies

Many thanks to LCDF for the included strategy they have shared for integrating their SBHC into the school culture at the kickoff of a new school year, ensuring a positive ongoing relationship for student support. LCDF will be sponsoring staff wellness events for school administrators, teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers and others, during the days of staff planning before students' first day of school. LCDF will be providing health checks, massages and other services as well as sharing information about LCDF SBHC operations with the staff. Each school staff person who receives a wellness service will be required to complete a survey with their information, which will support LCDF's ongoing contact with them. The overall goal is to integrate the SBHC into the school more fully and to ensure greater productivity and greater student outcomes as a result.  


Male Outreach Tips - A New NMASBHC Tool for SBHCs and GRADS

Please visit our website's GRADS/Parenting Teens tab (http://www.nmasbhc.org/gradsparenting-teens.html) for many resources that support collaboration between SBHCs and GRADS programs for expectant and parenting teens. A new tool, Male Outreach Strategies, shares some best practices for getting young men, especially young fathers, to access the health care services offered at SBHCs.   


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 to which sponsoring entities will want to pay special attention. If you have ideas or questions for this new feature, please let us know! While we encourage you to ALWAYS read this section of the newsletter, we also hope you will check out all resources, especially those related to Medicaid (see below) as you work to make your SBHC financially sustainable.

Comprehensive Wellness Exams
Those SBHCs funded by OSAH and those billing Medicaid know that the state sees comprehensive wellness exams, or EPDSTs, as the cornerstone of adolescent health care and SBHC care. In fact, NMDOH has a legislative performance measure focused on Comprehensive Well Exams, based on the percentage of youth receiving a well exam through SBHCs. In FY 2015, OSAH-contracted SBHCs gave 34.2% of their patients a well exam, and the goal for FY 2016 is 38%. Please keep in mind that as NMASBHC goes to the legislature to advocate for policies and funding that benefit SBHCs, it is important for us to be able to show data about the critical preventive services that SBHCs provide. So, good luck this year with your numbers of comprehensive wellness exams, and please let us know if you need any technical assistance.

National Health Center Week 
Celebrate National Health Center Week 2015 August 9-15! School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are an integral part of the health center community that provides care to medically vulnerable and underserved young people throughout New Mexico. National Health Center Week is an opportunity to celebrate all the amazing work and positive impacts health centers, especially SBHCs, make in our communities.

There are many ways to be involved in National Health Center Week. You can use the tools available on the National Health Center Week website, http://www.healthcenterweek.com/about-us.cfm to find an option that works best for you and your site. Consider inviting your local, state, and federally elected officials to visit your site during National Health Center Week or during the month of August. It is a great opportunity for them to see firsthand the important work being done by SBHCs in their community. For tips and templates to invite elected officials visit: http://www.healthcenterweek.com/public-civic-support.cfm.

La Casa Family Health Center, the new OSAH-contracted sponsor of 3 Roswell SBHCs, will be hosting a Health Center Celebration event on August 12th at 4:00pm at the La Casa Family Health Center in Portales, 1515 W Fir Street. In addition to the health fair celebration, they are also hosting a 5k at 7pm. This is a race for all fitness levels and there is no cost to register! For more information, contact Kaitlyn White at kwhite@lacasahealth.com or 575-359-3802. 
hsdHSD/Medicaid Resources

August NM Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Determiner Trainings

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 specific training sessions for future months, please e-mail:

Medicaid Contracting and Credentialing Technical Assistance

Many partners who attend the quarterly MCO/SBHC Advisory Committee are working to clarify and create tools to support SBHC sponsors as you work to ensure your clinics can be certified to be reimbursed for services by Medicaid. Please note that this includes the updating of Medicaid-related tools on the NMASBHC website, which are somewhat out of date because of Centennial Care changes. In the meantime, if your SBHC or sponsoring entity needs technical assistance, advice or support in working with HSD or the Centennial Care MCOs to credential your providers or contract your clinic, please do not hesitate to reach out to NMASBHC. We will support you as a liaison as best we can. Please also watch for notification about upcoming school year training on these topics being planned by NMASBHC.

Happy Birthday Medicaid! Congrats to Our HSD Partners

July 30th is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Medicaid and Medicare Program! 1 out of 3 Americans receive their care through these programs, and the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Center would like to thank the many New Mexicans who have made the program a success for our state's youth and families, including former and current HSD employees, clinic sponsors and teams who serve Medicaid patients, and the many others who strive to make sure all of us have access to quality health care!


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. Topics scheduled for August include Motivational Interviewing, Pediatric Nutrition and Adolescent Healthcare Confidentiality Rights.

SBHA Webinars
The School Based Health Alliance, our nation's SBHC advocacy and support organization, provides webinars monthly on topics aimed at "connecting members of the school-based health care field with public health experts, help school-based health center practitioners provide quality health care services, build sustainable business models, and stay abreast of new topics in the health care world." August's webinar is focused on oral health, but previous webinars on a number of topics are archived and available at
formalNMASBHC Updates - Provide Your Input!  
Help Us Update Your SBHC Information for Our Website! NMASBHC works every fall to update the information about our state's SBHCs on our website. This is a critical resource for community members seeking care and for legislators hoping to learn more about SBHCs as we advocate for policies and funding that support your work. How can you help? Watch for a mailing coming in August/September with a form to complete; gift cards for completion will be available! Or, contact us today if you see an error about your site on our website. Thanks! 
Story Request: Confidential Healthcare and Private Insurance - We Need Your Input! 
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

GLSEN: A Resource for Serving Your LGBTQ Students
If your SBHC is striving to ensure you serve the needs of LGBTQ students, please consider GLSEN as a helpful resource. The website: http://www.glsen.org has many useful tools, and GLSEN has an Albuquerque chapter: http://www.glsen.org/chapters/albuquerque. 
Whether you offer an LGBTQ support group or just want to make sure your staff have the latest information and training to serve individual students, GLSEN can be a resource.

NMDOH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource: Free BrdsNBz New Mexico Tools 
School is just around the corner and the teens you work with may be coming back from summer with lots of questions. Help them get the right information about sexual health when you're not available to answer the questions (or if they are just a little too shy to ask).

The BrdsNBz text line offers free, anonymous, and real-time responses for teens across New Mexico who have questions about puberty, sexual health, and healthy relationships. Teens will receive medically accurate and values-neutral answers from a certified health educator as well as referrals to local clinics in their communities. 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!

If you need a new way to teach teens regarding sexual health, consider ordering free BrdsNBz materials. They have posters, palm cards, pens, notepads, and bookmarks! Click here for an order form. You can submit order forms to the DOH Family Planning Program fax at 505-476-8898, or you may email Angelique Peterson at angelique.peterson@state.nm.us. If you have specific questions regarding the BrdsNBz service, you can also contact our Program Manager for Constituent Services, Kim Stanek at kimstanek.nmasbhc@gmail.com