Rio Arriba County Department of Health and Human Services
The Health Commons is an innovative, state of the art, one-stop shop designed to meet all of your health care needs in one easy trip. The building is divided into three wings: a medical wing; a behavioral health wing; and a maternal child health wing. Rio Arriba Health and Human Services Department shares the space with El Centro Family Health (a primary care clinic), and the Espanola Public Health Office (serving mothers and infants).
You can reach us by phone at (505) 753-3143. Our fax number is (505) 753-1769. Individual staff email are listed below.
Health Commons Conference Room
The Rio Arriba Health Commons Conference Room is available for public use for meetings of benefit to the community. To book the room, check the online calendar for availability. Call RAHHS at (505) 753-3143 to schedule the room. Priority use is given to the three agencies in the building. Meetings may be cancelled for use by EMS for Emergency Response purposes on rare occasions.
Rio Arriba Community Health Council
The Rio Arriba Community Health Council is the designated Health and Human Services planning council for the Board of Rio Arriba County Commissioners . The RACHC maintains a regularly updated Comprehensive Community Health Profile and plan. Learn more about RACHC activities through its webpage and blog. The RACHC is coordinated by RAHHS Director, Lauren Reichelt. For more info call our office.
While Rio Arriba is the only county in the US to be zoned entirely for agriculture and while it produces more farmers than any other New Mexico county, it is listed as a food desert by the Robert Wood Johnson County Rankings. The RAFPC meets to explore ways to develop local markets for locally grown foods, to make farming attractive to youth and viable for adults, and to make nutrition a priority for Rio Arribans. The RAFPC is coordinated by Sarah Laeng-Gilliat. For more info call our office.
Rio Arriba Youth Service Providers regularly convenes people who serve youth and individuals involved in the justice system to think about ways to make Rio Arriba County a wonderful place for youth to live. RAYSP has brought services including wrap-around case management into the schools to insure that youth in need are not youth left out. The RAYSP is coordinated by Jack Ortega. For more info, call our office.
Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers, RAYSP Chair
Jack Ortega, RAYSP Coordinator
Pathways: an outcomes-based approach to improving health care
Rio Arriba Case Management and Outreach Services is nationally recognized by the federal government as a model for rural health care delivery. Read about our services on the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange Website.
Rio Arriba County is one of about twenty counties across the nation piloting an innovative approach to case management that holds case managers accountable for producing positive health outcomes rather than for producing specific units of service. For the last few decades, insurance companies have paid providers for producing specific units of service such as tests, immunizations or CAT scans, regardless of the impact of these units of service on the overall health of the individual being served. The result is a lot of unnecessary procedures and poorer health. Rio Arriba County is one of the few providers in the country that judges its case managers on their ability to improve patients’ health.
We provide intensive case management for the following groups of people: 1) high risk pregnancies; 2) frequent users of the emergency room; 3) individuals who are overusing alcohol and other drugs. Our case managers help clients find the services that are right for them.
Links to other Websites:
New Mexico Department of Health: (For more information about WIC, and other programs sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health)
New Mexico Department of Human Services: (For more information about TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps and other public benefit programs administered by the New Mexico Human Services Department.)
Los Valles Transit: For more information regarding transportation services offered by the County of Rio Arriba.
Rio Arriba Health Commons
2010 Industrial Park Road
Espanola, NM 87532
Lauren Reichelt Health and Human Services Director
Amber Leichtle, Director of Case Management
Edwina Romero, Secretary III
Melissa Martinez, Case Management II
Trudy Duran, – Promotora I
Edward Dunaway, – Promotora II
Erin Martinez,– Case Manager
Gloria Romero, - Casual
Consultants to the Department:
John Garland, Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment i2i Institue, Evaluation
Stephen Poe, Planning, Facilitation, Resource Development
Ortiz Systems Integration, Information Technology Specialists
Barry Geller, Website Development and Maintenance
Margaret Campos, Food Council Coordinator
Jack Ortega, RAYSP Coordinator
Lore Pease, RACHC President
Brenda Romero, RACHC Vice-President
Delfinia Romero, RACHC, Secretary