Project A.rriba C.ommunity E.mpowerment Program

CIty of Espanola Health Emergency Prepareness Information

The City of Española is initiating emergency preparedness in conjunction with the Rio Arriba County’s Emergency Management Team and Human & Health Services department. The directives issued from the State of New Mexico Department of Health will be followed. In terms of services offered by the City, staff will be notified upon further measures. For employees who show concerning symptoms will be asked to stay home, supervisors will address staff regarding time and leave. The City will notify the public if absence of staff may affect services. Currently, we are focusing efforts on the Senior Center and public facilities by increasing sanitation requirements. Helpful information from the Center of Disease Control and State of New Mexico Department of Health will be distributed and made available to the public.

We encourage that the community follow recommended hygiene practices such as washing hands and surfaces thoroughly. As well as staying home if you are ill in the event that you have flu-like symptoms, do not go to the hospital or doctor’s office, please follow guidelines set by the Center of Disease Control and State of New Mexico Department or call (505) 827-0006.

Precautionary measures have been taken regarding the health and wellness of our seniors within the community. As of Friday, March 13, 2020 the Beatrice Q. A. Martinez Senior Center and Stroke Center Gym will be closed until further notice. Meals will be available as carry-out only. Please call (505) 747-6028/ (505) 747-6027 to place meal orders.

Precautionary measures currently in action:

• Hand sanitizer will be placed in all city buildings.

• Posting flyers on all city buildings with information for public, including Senior Center and Senior Therapy Center (formally Stroke Center).

• Health preparedness information is being shared on City website and Facebook pages accordingly.

• Consistent and increased Sanitation measures taken within high traffic areas.

• What are we doing regarding public meetings? Non-essential meetings are cancelled, City Council still pending

• Coordinating efforts in conjunction with Rio Arriba County Emergency Operations and State of New Mexico Department of Health

• Recommendation of individuals with symptoms calling State of New Mexico Department of Health at (505) 827-0006 prior to going to doctor or hospital.

• Sharing information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Governor Lujan Grisham’s office:

• Cancellation of non-essential public meetings

• Senior Center and Therapy Gym closure (meals provided for carry-out only)

For information regarding Community Mitigation Strategy please refer to the link below:

Health Emergency Preparedness Information (PDFs)

  1. Justine Valencia

    Project R.A.C.E. Manager
    Phone: 505-747-6015

  2. Miranda Lopez

    Student Outreach Coordinator (FT)
    Phone: 505-747-6014

  3. Lesly Bencomo

    Student Outreach Coordinator (PT)
    Phone: 505-747-6085

  4. Falisha Gomez

    Student Administrative Clerk
    Phone: 505-747-6016



The Rio Arriba Community Empowerment (R.A.C.E.) Project is a federally funded grant program through the NM-High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and was founded by the Northern New Mexico Implementation Team (NNMIT), ran by the City of Española. The NNMIT researches community drug trends and delivers best practice strategies to support drug free events. Project R.A.C.E. is Drug prevention Initiative using an Economic perspective to target the rates of drug use, student graduation, delinquency, and crime in Rio Arriba County and the Española area. The idea is that the business community will come together to support High School students with  job mentoring and through employment positions that will redirect the students to a life of positive reinforcement. 


Participants can be referred to the program by anyone within the community, or from within the Española Valley Secondary Schools system. Student participation is based on their willingness to get, and obtain employment within the community. Participants are required to fill out a Project R.A.C.E. application, submit a short essay, sign a code of conduct, and give (or deny) us permission on a photo release form (parent or guardian signature required for anyone under the age of 18 years), as their intake for the Project R.A.C.E. After all paperwork is received, we offer one on one mentoring where the student will undergo career readiness and job training. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Career Cruising Portfolio
  • Resume Building
  • Cover letter training
  • Interview skills
  • Mock Interviewing 
  • Professional Dress
  • Reliability, Resiliency, & Mentor-ship
  • Community Service
If participants complete training in each of the listed bullet points, they will receive a certificate of completion from our program. The ultimate hope is that the participant gains a paid job placement within the community. Participants are required to undergo a drug screening at our expense, prior to job placement. We attempt to find a match for the participant and the business. However, we do not pay student salaries. We partner with community businesses, who are willing to host a Project R.A.C.E. participant and eventually employ them!