Rio Arriba Community Health Council


To create an environment in which individuals, families and groups can feel safe and develop to their fullest potential.

Statement of Purpose

The mission of Rio Arriba Community Health Council is to mobilize resources needed to meet the health, education and social welfare needs of Rio Arriba County. The mission of the council shall be accomplished through the following goals:

  • To involve providers and community members through open dialogue (pláticas) to better understand the social service needs of the people.
  • To promote partnerships between agencies and organizations for improving the delivery services.
  • To incubate beneficial programs in coordination with local government and non-profit agencies.
  • To collaborate with other community development efforts to improve social conditions of the area including the rural underserved.
  • To educate communities and raise public consciousness about matters pertinent to the health, safety and welfare of families.
  • To engage member agencies and consumers through action research to determine the effectiveness of services, to include cultural competence.
  • To involve the community in formulating social policy.


Coming soon.

Task Forces

Police Use of Force

Immunization: The Rio Arriba Health Department offers appointments for routine immunizations for seasonal influenza, and travel    It also offers Tuberculin (TB) skin tests

Transitional Housing

Medicaid Billing

Infectious Disease: Diseases such as COVID-10 and other infectious diseases are identified and monitored by the County Health Department, the Espanola Hospital and local clinics. The link between these viruses, substance abuse and opioid use disorder is closely monitored especially during the Summer and flu season 

Jail Diversion

Overdose Response

Our Work Groups

Data Collection –(Chair: Roxanne Rane)    Responsible for collecting information on network member best practices and use of available services. Data collected is designed to support program evaluations and identification of gaps in services.

Workforce Development (Chair: Amber Leichtle) Charged with arranging training opportunities for Network staff members to support their professional development. Work group also looks on ways to promote career pathways within member organizations.

Evidence Based Practice (Chair:Lauren Medina) – Aim is to promote a cultural of professional excellence based on the cultivation of evidence base practices. This Workgroup looks at other examples of successful practice that may offer insights to members of the Network on how to improve their workers performance of specific functions.

Justice/Housing (Chair: Rasa Lila O’Donnell) – Assesses the inequities in the administration of justice and the need for adequate housing for the low income population

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) (Chair:  Vacant)- Considers access to medication assisted treatment and what is required to expand such services to those at risk of continued opioid addiction.

Medical Advocacy  (Chair: Vacant)- This workgroup addresses access to appropriate care and the need for patients to become more assertive in addressing their health care needs. It also calls upon health care providers to take an active role in addressing the patients’ social determinant of health.