La Clínica del Pueblo de Río Arriba

Founded in 1969 and has provided quality medical care for over forty years. We are a community owned, non profit organization.

Mission Statement

La Clínica del Pueblo de Río Arriba provides culturally sensitive, quality health services to all individuals in our service area regardless of their financial status.

Vision Statement

Every individual in our service area will receive quality health services in a culturally sensitive manner.

Administrative Staff

 

Darren DeYapp

Darren DeYapp

Executive Director

Paula Gurule

Paula Gurule

Executive Assistant/Human Resource

Tomas Casados

Tomas Casados

Risk Management Director/EMR Project Manager

Higinia Cordova

Higinia Cordova

Finance Director

Billing Department

Amanda Emery

Amanda Emery

Accounting Technician

Francie Jaramillo

Francie Jaramillo

Billing Clerk

Trina DeYapp

Trina DeYapp

Accounts Payable

Board Of Directors

Tomas Campos

Tomas Campos

President

Scott Flury

Scott Flury

Vice President

Mary Louise Martinez

Mary Louise Martinez

Treasurer

Anthony Casados

Anthony Casados

Board Member

Jose Agapito Candelaria

Jose Agapito Candelaria

Board Member

David Martinez

David Martinez

Board Member

Judy Martinez

Judy Martinez

Board Member

Dr. Richard March

Dr. Richard March

Board Member

Paula Martinez

Paula Martinez

Board Member

Christine Montano

Christine Montano

Board Member

Our Story

La Clínica del Pueblo de Río Arriba’s original roots began as an agricultural cooperative called La Cooperativa. Beginning with a loan of $1,500.00 in 1969, La Cooperativa raised potatoes, corn, onions, peas and other vegetables to sustain the Organization. In July 1969, the leaders of La Cooperativa learned that a doctor in Tierra Amarilla had put his clinic up for sale. Final papers were signed a year later for the land and clinic by La Cooperativa. The Cooperativa leaders were committed to providing health care to the communities.

La Cooperativa Clinic opened in 1969. In that year, a Chevy carry-all van was purchased and converted to an ambulance and the first sliding-fee scale in New Mexico was set up to assist people with obtaining health care. La Cooperativa Clinic provided first aid and assisted people as they waited for the ambulance.

The Dental Department opened the first of June 1969, with Vista dentist, Dr. James “Doc” Holliday, and with dental equipment donated from around the state. In 1970, the first La Cooperativa family counselling project was begun. This was the forerunner of today’s La Clinica Behavioral Health and Community Outreach Departments.

In 1992, the Board of Directors decided to seek Federal funding through the Bureau of Primary Health Care (330 funding). It was at this time La Cooperativa incorporated into La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba and became the organization as we know it today.
Also in 1992, the first Teen Wellness Center opened in New Mexico at Escalante High School and continues today to provide services on site to our students.

La Clinica has weathered many challenges through the years and with the help of everyone, it continues to move forward. La Clinica is as committed today, as in years past, to its goal of providing health care services to one and all.

Tierra Amarilla clinic has provided healthcare to rural residents since 1960s

Among a cluster of villages flanking the Rio Chama and the towering Brazos cliffs lies Tierra Amarilla. A mere two years after the village’s infamous Rio Arriba County Courthouse raid in 1967—a fight to reclaim land for Spanish colonial and Mexican- American heirs that helped ignite the Chicano movement —another cooperative movement here launched La Cooperativa.

Opposing plans to develop Tierra Amarilla into another resort, thereby displacing the agricultural residents, La Cooperativa initiated a series of community organizations that provided legal aid, cooperative farming and free or low-cost medical care to residents: La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba.

Regions’ first rural birthing center

The cooperative clinic’s funding was modest and grassroots, sustained by the sale of potatoes, corn and onions grown.

It opened the region’s first rural birthing center, and the co-op converted a van to an ambulance and began providing mobile health care to the valley’s people.

Rates were discounted and on a sliding scale (and still are), the first such medical provision in the state. Using donated equipment, dental care was added, following by mental health and counseling. A Teen Wellness Center opened in 1992.

La Clinica touts healthcare as a right, not a privilege. Today, the nonprofit clinic continues to provide medical, dental and behavioral health services, in addition to outreach programs.

Healthcare for the homebound

For many in this rural region, making a trek to a hospital takes an hour or two, and they may be debilitated or lacking transportation.

Thanks to donations garnered through the United Way of Northern New Mexico, the clinic purchased a new 40-foot mobile medical and dental “clinic” that provides care throughout the area. Clinic workers also often drive patients to and from their appointments.

Promotoras, such as Beronice Achuleta, who helped co-found La Clinica over 45 years ago, also deliver health and social services to their homebound neighbors for the clinic. (Promotoras are trusted neighbors, culturally connected to their patients. In addition to providing preventative care, they also help locate food for the hungry.) Their services greatly support the understaffed clinic that serves most of this region.

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