Thursday, April 16 Sessions


#1: The Other Chronic Disease: Mental Illness

Anna Curtis, School Mental Health Advocate and Rebecca Trujillo, School Health Advocate, NM Department of Health
Health ServicesSchool nurses handle many different situations and have to be able to adapt quickly. This session helps school nurses do just that when dealing with a student who may have a mental illness. Learn about the four primary diagnosis given to adolescents, how to identify the symptoms, and strategies on how to better interact with those students.

#2: The Tooth of the Matter: Assessing a Student’s Oral Health

Rudy Blea, Program Director, NM Department of Health; Carol Hanson RDH MPH, Coordinator, Dental Support Center, NM Department of Health
Health ServicesWith tooth decay being the number one childhood chronic disease, it is imperative school nurses have the ability to determine if a child is in need of dental treatment services. This session explores the structure of the tooth and impact bacteria has on the formation of tooth decay as well as the impact good oral health has on overall health and behavioral health. Dental sealants, fluoride water, varnish, mouth wash and nutrition are also addressed.

#3: Creating Supportive Schools that Help Teen Parents Thrive

Jessica Aufrichtig, (moderator) Expectant and Parenting Teens Program Coordinator, NM Public Education Department; Rebecca Cost, Bernalillo GRADS teacher, Bernalillo High School; Paige Duhamel, Attorney, Southwest Women’s Law; Myra Roosevelt, Principal, Independence High School; Dr. Steven Sanchez, Deputy Superintendent, Las Cruces Public Schools
Social and Emotional Well-BeingWe must actively support every student, including expectant and parenting teens, to graduate from high school so they are ready for college or a career. We can assist teen parents by acknowledging and reinforcing their commitment and motivation to stay in school and be successful. This session provides information about the law’s requirements regarding pregnancy and parenthood, as well as specific strategies to address the educational needs of teen parents and create a supportive school environment. A panel of presenters, including teen parents and school administrators, share a variety of innovative approaches to help teen parents thrive as students and as parents.

#4: Lights, Camera, Action: Using Student Videos to Promote Health

Dominic Pettine, Videographer, Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools
Health ServicesVideo is a powerful medium, not only for those who view it but for those who create it. Learn how digital videography can be used to promote health, engage students and encourage community advocacy. Explore examples of exemplary student work, tools and proven methods to successfully incorporate student created videos into your best practices for health promotion and education. Participate in an opportunity to collaborate and create a video during the session.

#5: Self-Harm in Schools: What are we missing?

Megan Goodman, School Counselor; Pat Halama, School Counselor; Stephanie Turner, School Counselor, Albuquerque Public Schools
Understanding the growing phenomenon of self-harm occurring amongst our students: What is it? Why does it happen? And how can we as school personnel respond to it? This session explores the dynamics of self-harm, offers strategies for addressing it in the schools, and how to make the most of referring to and collaborating with outside agencies. Be prepared to discuss your personal experiences with students in your school who self-harm. Leave with definitions, strategies, and referral sources pertinent to this growing area of concern.

#6: It’s Time to Start Talking about Healthy Relationships!

Jasmine Ceja, National Youth Organizing Manager, Break the Cycle
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsNearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year. The short and long-term repercussions of dating violence can be severe, including increased rates of drug abuse, eating disorders, high-risk sexual behaviors, and even suicide. This session highlights key components of Start Talking, a new web-based, interactive curriculum designed to elicit student conversations on healthy relationships, while encouraging them to create positive change in their community. Learn to incorporate interactive tools and pop culture in youth-led discussions around signs of abuse and promoting a healthy relationship culture.

#7: Youth Health- It’s the Law!

Grace Spulak, Staff Attorney, Pegasus Legal Services for Children
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsDo you know when children and youth have a right to consent to their own health care and mental health care and whether information about this care is confidential? This workshop addresses consent and confidentiality laws in New Mexico as they relate to health care and mental health care for children and youth. Also explore ways individuals working with children, youth, and their caregivers can use consent and confidentiality laws to ensure all children and youth are able to access care that they need.

#8: Trauma: How does this Impact Native Children?

Susan W. Casias
Family, School & Community PartnershipsNative children experience post traumatic stress three times higher than non-Native children. What can our communities and schools do to help our Native Children? Examine current research to learn how to support Native at-risk families and leave with two tangible action points that could be started in your community and/or school.

#9: LARCs: The Who, What & Why

Jane McGrath, Envision New Mexico
Health ServicesLong-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are the most effective methods of contraception, yet the least utilized. Most adolescents have never heard of LARC and many adults remain misinformed about eligibility, safety and effectiveness. While New Mexico continues to rank high nationally for teen pregnancy, this presentation highlights the importance of integrating LARC methods into the range of options offered to adolescents. Find out how School-Based Health Centers serve as critical access points for LARC and how you can be part of the community impact to reduce teen pregnancy by helping young people make informed decisions about contraception.

#10: Finding Rest: Healing Trauma and Stress in the Nervous System

Penny Holland, School on Wheels School-Based Health Center
Staff WellnessIn a world of trauma and relentless stress, nervous systems are on high alert, followed by the need for a break. Usually this comes by way of collapse into exhaustion, or illness or numbing behaviors such as substance or process addictions. We are a culture of constant input, much of it lacking quiet, nurturance or creativity; some of it traumatic. In this workshop, the science of trauma, stress and dysregulation is explored, as well as the science of mindfulness, happiness and calm alertness. Learn simple techniques to shift from agitation and numbness to a more restful, regulated and productive state.

#11: Six Ideas to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Amy EgbertHealth Educator and Shellea Owens, Health Educator, NM Department of Health
Health Education & Life SkillsWe know obesity is an epidemic in our country and communities, but what can school professionals do? After a brief overview of obesity trends, current data and consequences, hear suggestions, ideas and programs to help prevent obesity such as the 5210 program, kaboom portable playground, salad bars, school gardens, walking clubs and walk and roll to school. Explore potential challenges that may incur during the process of planning and implementation and the best way to address them and provide data to support the effectiveness of the programs. Share ideas with other attendees and discuss what has been effective in your community to help prevent childhood obesity.

#12: The School to Prison Pipeline

Tonna Burgos, Executive Director of Student Services, Rio Rancho Public Schools; Judge Luis McDonald, District Court Judge, 13th Judicial District; Matthew Montano, Director of Educator Quality, NM Public Education Department
Social and Emotional Well-BeingRecent data indicates public schools in many communities are calling law enforcement for minor infractions of school rules, often resulting in an arrest and referral to juvenile probation. Data also indicates many youth suspended or expelled from school are committing delinquent acts and do not graduate from high school, disrupting their education, often permanently. Explore the relationships between zero tolerance school discipline practices, dropout rates, prison populations, programs that keep at-risk youth in school, and processes by which educators and members of the juvenile justice system can reduce unnecessary arrests on campus.

#13: Bringing up Baby: Engaging Young Fathers

Barry McIntosh, Executive Director, Young Fathers of Santa Fe; Johnny Wilson, Program Trainer and Area Manager, Young Fathers of Santa Fe
Health ServicesTeen fathers are frequently discouraged from participating in their child’s life, despite the fact that they are similarly devoted and can develop the skills to be great dads. Examine the barriers to supportive teen father involvement and leave with ways of overcoming them.

#14 Sugar and Spice, not always so nice… Synthetic Drugs of Abuse: ‘Spice’ and ‘Bath Salts’

Stefanie Shoults, Hobbs High School Nurse and GRADS Advisory Program Coordinator, Hobbs High School

Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsThe purpose of this presentation is to provide persons from a variety of work and educational backgrounds with an overview of synthetic drugs, including substances known on the street as K2/Spice and Bath Salts. The presentation defines key terms, describes the main classes of synthetic drugs commonly available, the potent and dangerous side effects reported, the reason Spice may produce a stronger reaction than marijuana, provides information on scenarios of adolescent Spice users and the devastating health effects and long-term effects of using synthetic cannabinoids, and concludes with some clinical implications of synthetic drug use.

#15: Transgender 101

Adrien Lawyer, Executive Director, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsYour transgender students are experiencing the worst outcomes of any current group or population. Transgender people are not understood by others; discrimination, fear, hostility and violence are routinely directed toward members of this population. Receive an introduction to transgender people, their lives, issues and recommended etiquette, as well as a chance to engage in dialogue with members of the transgender community. Learn how to create a safer, more successful school experience for trangender students.

#16: Why College & Career Readiness Helps with Student Achievement

Theresa Romero, Perkins Program Manager and Eric Spencer, Director, College and Career Readiness Bureau – NM Public Education Department
Health Education & Life SkillsSchool counselors have a direct impact on a student’s involvement in Career & Technical Education (CTE). Learn how the College and Career Readiness Bureau can create the pathway for student success through workforce training and skill building to prepare students for the world of work and connect them to industry partners and better job entry level positions.

#17: Recognizing Early Signs of Psychosis in Youth

Giselle Ferreira, Assistant Professor and David Graeber MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Health ServicesHave you wondered if students you interact with are becoming more psychologically odd, withdrawn and “different”? Has this led you to question if some of these youth have “lost touch with reality”? If the answer to this is “yes” or “maybe” then this presentation is for you. We will focus on how teachers, school counselors and nurses might recognize various stages of psychotic symptoms exhibited by children and adolescents. This includes background information on the clinical epidemiology and clinical course of psychotic symptoms in youth and the nuances of the signs and symptoms that may be observed and reported.

#18: Creating Supportive Environments: Building a Breastfeeding Friendly School

Cindy Chavez, State Coordinator and Monica Esparza, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force
Health ServicesStaff WellnessSchools are an important source of support for student mothers and staff who want to breastfeed. By supporting their breastfeeding employees, schools save money and foster better retention, higher productivity and employee loyalty. Breastfeeding employees miss work less often and have lower insurance costs. Similarly, student benefits include decreased absenteeism, increased graduation rates, and improved health and bonding for mother and baby. Explore strategies and identify resources for incorporating the elements of a breastfeeding friendly school within your educational facility.

#19: Building Resources from the Inside Out

Erin Doerwald, Program Coordinator and Griet Laga, Education and Outreach Coordinator, The SKY Center of New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsSocial and Emotional Well-BeingNew Mexico ranks in the top 5 states in terms of the rate of youth suicide and near the bottom of most current polls regarding academic achievement. The SKY Center of New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project offers a no-cost prevention strategy designed to combat these statistics, its Inner and Outer Life Skills curriculum. As group members, students build internal and external resources needed to create social and academic achievement, lowering their risk for suicide. This session teaches participants to recognize risk factors, understand the curriculum and its connection to prevention, and engage in experiential exercises that may be taken back to their school setting.

#20: Peer-to-Peer Programs for Suicide Prevention and Trauma Informed Services

Clayton Small, CEO, Native PRIDE
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsSocial and Emotional Well-BeingExperience strategies and outcomes of two culture and strength based peer-to-peer programs that directly intervene with suicide prevention and the related risk factors, substance abuse, bullying-violence and coping with stress-trauma and depression – “Native HOPE,” endorsed by SAMHSA and Indian Health Services and “The Good Road of Life (GRL)” endorsed by The Administration for Native Americans.  Learn through stories, art, testimonials, experiential activities and a discussion on how these programs can be replicated at the school-community level.

#21: The ABCs of Communicable Diseases in School

Joan Baumbach, Program Director Infectious Disease, Epidemiology and Response Department, NM Department of Health, Deandra IngramPublic Health Associate Program (PHAP) Fellow, CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support

Health ServicesStudent health is critically important for student learning. Infectious diseases impact the health of student and staff throughout the school year. The New Mexico Department of Health monitors reportable conditions, including numerous infectious diseases. School personnel are critical partners in obtaining information related to reportable infectious diseases. This session will provide background information related to infectious diseases among school-age children that are commonly seen. Case studies will be provided to illustrate the close working relationship between New Mexico Department of Health and school personnel as infectious diseases in the school setting are collaboratively investigated, outbreaks are identified, and responses are implemented to prevent transmission of disease and to benefit the health of students and staff.

#22: Creating School & Community Partnerships: Meeting Student’s Unmet Behavioral Health Needs

Amanda López Askin, School Mental Health Advocate, Office of School and Adolescent Health, NM Department of Health; Lisa Patch, Director of Health Services, Alamogordo Public Schools
Family, School & Community PartnershipsIn addressing school behavioral health needs, school and community partnerships represent a promising intervention to address barriers to learning, promote youth development, and strengthen families and communities. Building such collaboration requires stakeholder readiness, and shared vision, responsive leadership, and new and innovative roles for professionals who work in schools and communities. This workshop focuses on the initial and ongoing collaborative project one southern New Mexico school district has initiated to maximize its school and community resources to tackle the challenge of offering behavioral health services to their students.

#23: Beyond “No Means No”: Easy & Effective Sexual Assault Prevention at Any Age

Jess Clark, Education & Prevention Supervisor, Solace Crisis Treatment Center; Alena Schaim, Executive Director / Instructor, IMPACT
Social and Emotional Well-BeingHealthy & Safe EnvironmentsSchool staff are uniquely positioned to change attitudes about sexual violence. Many of the messages about sexual violence we heard growing up are now considered harmful and discourage women’s sense of agency as well as men’s ability to change. Explore the new framework of affirmative consent that is now considered best practice for sexual assault prevention. All participants will leave with concrete strategies for introducing concepts of consent into everyday interactions with varying age levels.

#24: Statewide Evaluation Systems: Using Past Experiences To Replicate and Adapt Within New Contexts

Shannon Morrison, Senior Evaluator, Apex; Bonnie Moya, SBHC Coordinator and Team Lead, Colorado Department of Health and Environment; Carlos Romero, President, Senior Evaluator, Apex
Health ServicesLearn about distinct yet interrelated data systems used to collect, manage, and report School Based Health Center data that are shared by multiple stakeholders, and how this statewide evaluation system is replicated and adapted in a different state. We discuss how past lessons on data, systems, and data systems can be applied to a new context and share our successes and challenges that could support other states or intermediaries engaging in similar endeavors.

#25: Monitoring the Monitor: Internet Safety/Cyberbullying

Zack Freeman, Graphic Artist/Presenter, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsThis presentation is focused on enabling students to protect themselves from predators while surfing the Internet as well as a complete overview of the dangers of cyberbullying. Discussion topics include the crimes of child pornography, sextortion, and more.

#26: A Tale of Peer Educators: The “Art” of Health Education

Carlos M. Flores, Coordinator, South Valley Male Involvement Project; Xavier Barraza, Health Educator, New Mexico Forum for Youth; Martin Martinez, Health Promotion Specialist, Disease Prevention Program, NM Department of Health; Omar Torres, Student/Peer Educator, University of New Mexico
Health ServicesMeet three extraordinary young men who perform rap music, share poetry, or spin tunes on the turntable. By night, they create and perform music, by day, they provide education on various health topics to youth and others and inspire other youth to pursue their art. This presentation highlights the work of peer educators working with the South Valley Male Involvement Project, their history, motivations, peer educator work, and their love for hip hop. Be inspired by this innovative project as these committed young men demonstrate their DJ and Rap skills live.

#27: Food for Thought: Understanding Smart Snacks Guidelines

Jeanne Forrester, District Student Wellness Manager, Albuquerque Public Schools
NutritionAs of July 1, 2014, schools are required to implement the USDA Smart Snacks (SS) guidelines, aka “All Foods Sold in Schools.” Do you know the newest USDA guidelines and our state guidelines on fundraisers and competitive foods? This is essential information for all school personnel because these guidelines go beyond the school breakfast/lunch program to include ALL foods sold in schools – and the entire district is responsible.

#28: The Amazing Brain and the Effects of Violence

Judy Wolfe, Sexual Assault Care Coordinator, Indian Health Service
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsFor far too long it was thought that infants and children were immune or unaware of violence in the home. However, research indicates that the developing brain can long remember early experiences, even if there are no conscious memories of those experiences. Learn how the effects of early trauma on the brain places a child in a survival mode instead of a thriving mode. Explore how exposure to violence impacts the development of brain connections and increases the risk of more educational, emotional, mental health and physical problems.

#29: Developing & Supporting the Community Health Worker Workforce through Policy, System Changes & Certification

Diana AbeytaStatewide Coordinator, Tribal and Northern Liaison, Office of community Health Workers, New Mexico Department of Health
Staff WellnessThe NM Department of Health has a responsibility in health workforce development, and advancing the community health worker workforce. The health department will play a leadership role in a variety of strategic areas, such as building support for the workforce both within DOH, NM schools and across state agencies to increase support among key stakeholders. This presentation covers a range of key efforts in New Mexico to engage diverse sectors in support for community health workers. This interactive presentation incorporates opportunities for participants to share ideas and discuss strategies for integrating community health workers into New Mexico school systems.

#30: Advancing Student Wellness: Healthy Kids, Successful Students

Rita Condon, Healthy Kids NM Program Manager, NM Department of Health
Health ServicesWellness policies are important tools for parents, schools and school districts in promoting student health, preventing and reducing childhood obesity and improving the school health environment. Healthy students are better learners, are absent less often, and have fewer behavioral problems. Come learn the steps for updating and strengthening your school district wellness policy and strategies to build support and jumpstart implementation in your school district!

#31: A Retrospective Review of New Mexico’s School Kids Influenza Immunization Project (SKIIP)

Rebecca Trujillo, SE Region School Health Advocate, NM Department of Health
Health ServicesThe School Kids Influenza Immunization Project started in 2008 as a collaboration between public health and school nurses. The project objective: to vaccinate school kids against influenza, decrease incidence of influenza in schools, and decrease influenza among school staff and communities. Six years later, New Mexico was recognized by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for these efforts. What were the challenges and what does this mean for school nurses?

#32: Supporting Medically Fragile Students through Collaborative Partnerships

Christina Barden, Program Operations Director and Maggie Nechvatal, Senior RN/Case Manager, Medically Fragile Case Management Program
Family, School & Community PartnershipsThe Medically Fragile Case Management Program fosters partnerships to assist students with complex medical needs to successfully navigate transition periods they encounter in the public school setting. A multi-disciplinary collaborative approach is used to identify and remove barriers to accessing education. This presentation specifically addresses the tools developed to promote inclusion and to assist students and families access to the educational system from early childhood through high school.

#33: 2014 NM School Nurse Workforce Survey: Assets, Challenges, and Opportunities

Mary Ramos, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Health ServicesThis presentation reports findings from the a statewide survey of over 350 school nurses conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of School and Adolescent Health. Gain a better understanding of the school nurse workforce in New Mexico, including assets, challenges and opportunities for workforce development. The interactive discussion includes specific information on rural-metropolitan disparities within the school nursing workforce, emergency care and prevention services provided by school nurses, and continuing education needs reported by school nurses.

#34: Inside the Mind of a Minor Victim of Human Trafficking

Crystal Chilton, Therapist/Social Worker, Attachment Healing Center; Kari Meredith, Managing Partner, Synergy LLC
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsHuman trafficking is a crime of exploitation. The painful truth is that human trafficking – one of the world’s fastest-growing criminal industries – is a monstrous issue in this country. In fact, 85% of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway children. It is estimated that at least 100,000 minors are victimized through prostitution in America each year. This workshop provides information on the trafficking victim profile, the relationship between the victim and the trafficker, including the calculated and methodical stages of how the trafficker establishes trust and psychologically and physically bonds with the victim.

#35: Can I….? It Begins with Consent.

Bianca Villani, Community Education and Outreach Program Director, Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsInterpersonal violence happens because the encounter or relationship was nonconsensual and in many cases unwanted. Talking about consent at very early ages and stages decreases the likelihood of victimization and re-victimization. It’s a vital conversation that needs to be had with every young person. This workshop equips participants with the skills to start talking about consent and making it accessible for all to understand.

#36: Jedi for Peace: Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Dan Giuliano, School Counselor, Albuquerque Public Schools
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsIn this session, you are inspired by others who have broken the cycle of violence. Explore the violence/non-violence struggle through the use of multimedia, experiential activities, props, relevant handouts and Jedi Stars. Sometime in our life we all encounter the cycle of violence and we are ultimately faced with a choice to break it or not. What will be your choice?

#37: QPR Gatekeeper Training

Laura Harrison, Program Director and Sabrina StrongExecutive Director, Waking Up Alive
Social and Emotional Well-BeingHealthy & Safe EnvironmentsLearn the warning signs for suicide and the three-step QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) method for suicide prevention. QPR is designed to help identify and refer suicidal persons to professionals who can assess, manage and treat the underlying illnesses that promote suicidal behavior. Participants learn to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. All attendees receive a QPR Gatekeeper certificate.

#38: Healthy Schools, Led by You: Ensuring Young Families are Included Too

Sally Kosnick, Co-Director, NM GRADS
Family, School & Community PartnershipsNew Mexico Graduation Reality and Dual-Role Skills (NM GRADS), in collaboration with experts in the field, demonstrates best practices implemented by school health workers, counselors, nurses and social workers to assist expectant and parenting teens in navigating school and healthcare systems for effective access to quality care, the identification of a medical home and educational guidance to become advocates for themselves and their children. NM GRADS assists in bridging the gap between schools, comprehensive health care providers and young families.

#39: School Crisis Response: Are You Prepared?

Amanda López Askin, School Mental Health Advocate and Twila Becenti-Fundark, School Mental Health Advocate, Office of School and Adolescent Health, NM Department of Health
Health ServicesAn overview of best practice guidelines in crisis planning for schools or districts. Discussion includes the roles for administration, staff/faculty, crisis teams, community mental health resources, and parents; a brief review of information on postvention related to suicide/crisis event and explanation of why it is important for schools to respond with best practice guidelines.

#40: Communities of Care

Rebecca Estrada, Outreach and Technical Assistance Manager, Erica Padilla, Statewide Youth Coordinator, Suzanne L. Pearlman, Community Outreach, Communications and Training Manager and Lisa Sfeir, Outreach and Technical Assistance Manager, Children, Youth and Families Department
Family, School & Community PartnershipsThis session provides insight into New Mexico’s Communities of Care initiative, the communities and tribes involved and the outcomes and goals. Topics include youth and family involvement, cultural and linguistic competence, the statewide wraparound model, quality service reviews and mental health first aid.