SBHC Preconference



8:30-9:00 AM Welcome

9:00-9:45 AM 

Providing Integrated Care in SBHC
Fransisco Chavez, LMSW; Kristen Oreskovich, DNP, CPNP

Join a discussion on integrated care as it applies to School Based Health Centers. Meeting the complex health needs of students in schools is best achieved through a coordinated approach. Integrated care is more than co-located services. It requires a commitment to partnerships and teamwork among all SBHC staff. School based health centers are perfectly situated to provide a unified model in caring for students.

9:45-10:30 AM

Zero Suicide/ CSSRS Training
Fransisco Chavez, LMSW; Nancy Kirkpatrick

Screening for suicide risk is a recommended practice for primary care, hospital and emergency department care, behavioral health care, and crisis response intervention. Any person who screens positive for possible suicide risk should be formally assessed for suicidal ideation, plans, means availability, presence of acute risk factors, history of suicide attempts, as well as for the presence of protective factors. This information should be synthesized by an appropriately trained clinician into a risk formulation that describes the person’s risk as well as serves as the basis for treatment and safety planning. While screening and assessment should be standardized, every client is unique. It is incumbent on the clinician to use the screening and assessment process to establish a collaborative relationship with the client and to ensure his or her safety and well-being.

10:30-10:45 AM COFFEE BREAK

10:45-11:45 AM Circle of Data
Carlos Romero, Michelle Bloodworth, McKane Sharff, Caitlin Adams

Explore how the eSHQ, SBHC Student Survey, Operational Plan, Progress Updates, visit data, and Snapshot Reports fit together. The rich data these tools produce can be valuable for sites in multiple ways – from quality improvement to advocacy.

All registered attendees will enjoy a formal plated lunch while the winners of the SBHC Exemplary Awards are recognized by NMASBHC and NMDOH.


A. Caring for an Adolescent Who Has Experienced Recent Sexual Assault
Gail Starr, RNRN, BS, MSCJA; Jennifer Robinson, CNP, CNM, MS

Review reporting requirements for sexual assault and considerations for evidence collection/documentation.  Further, explore how to provide safe, compassionate care to adolescent patients who have experienced a recent sexual assault.

B. Culturally Sensitive Obesity Care
Bonnie Gance-Cleveland, PhD, PNP, RNC

Receive overview of the childhood obesity guidelines including the use of motivational interviewing. Implementation of evidence-based obesity care using the health disparities collaborative, the chronic care model and strategies for quality improvement are included. The presentation also includes an interactive training session on the guidelines using case-based scenarios, an introduction to the health disparities collaborative approach to practice change, and the use of rapid cycle improvement strategies to monitor practice changes.


A. Addressing Myths and Barriers to Providing Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives in School Based Health Centers
Melanie Baca, MD; Jane Epstein, NP; Keith Haynie, DNP FNP-BC, RN, Erin Rayburn

This panel consists of SBHC providers and young women who have received LARCs at SBHCs. The panelists dicuss the clinical and non-clinical barriers to providing/receiving LARCs in SBHCs, the myths surrounding LARCs, and the social aspects of providing LARCs in SBHCs.

B. What Is So Special About Behavioral Health Delivery in School Based Health Centers?
Francisco Chavez, LMSW

Behavioral health interventions in School Based Health Center sessions provide an opportunity to engage youth from a unique perspective. High demand for service and limited provider capacity lead to reduced availability of clinical interventions. Shifting paradigms in clinical encounters can lead to improved outcomes and greater impact for behavioral health operations in SBHC’s.



A. SBIRT Implementation for Adolescents in New Mexico School Based Health Centers: Electronic tools, Training and Technical Assistance 
Mary Ramos, Cathleen Willging

Learn about Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and its implementation as part of the NMDOH SBHC Standards and Benchmarks. Participants will learn about the importance of SBIRT as a prevention and intervention strategy for adolescents at risk for substance use, receive an introduction to the enhanced electronic School Health Questionnaire with CHISPA (Cocaine, Heroin, IV drugs, Synthetic Pot, Pot, Alcohol) brief assessment tool and have an opportunity to explore the tool on an iPad. Sites across NM are currently being enrolled and will receive iPads containing the enhanced eSHQ with CHISPA, SBIRT training, motivational interviewing (MI) training as needed, and ongoing technical assistance.

B. Sustain Your Mission While Protecting Patient Privacy: The Laws and Challenges of Adolescent Confidential Care 
Grace Spulak, JD; Terry Schleder, MPH; Nancy Rodriguez, BA

This panel discussion introduces and reviews the legal requirements related to the provision of confidential adolescent health care as well as the legally complex way our patients’ privacy and access to healthcare is compromised by common insurance billing and communications patterns. Hear from a Child Welfare Attorney, a Confidentiality Coalition Facilitator and the New Mexico SBHC Alliance Director about the issue, then engage in a discussion about how these issues impact your patients and practices, problem-solving in partnership.


Join the Board and Staff of the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care for Appetizers and Drinks as we recognize SBHC Champions, welcome new Board members, and share accomplishments.