COVID-19 Resources

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in our community, so does anxiety associated with the pandemic.  The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, the ReACH Center will be compiling a range of resources and information on our COVID-19 page

ReACH Core Scholar Luz Garcini Featured on Oprah's Book Club

Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and ReACH Core Scholar was featured on the latest episode of Oprah's Book Club streaming on Apple+.  Tune in to hear Dr. Garcini  talk to Oprah Winfrey about the border wall and her research related to stress and trauma in undocumented populations. Episode Preview

Local Census Response Rate

Are you interested in seeing how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census?  As of May 1st the national self-response rate of the 2020 Census is 56.0%.  The self-response rate for Texas is 50.6%, and the self-response rate in Bexar County is 54.0%. Stay up to date with self response rates from across the U.S. on the Census Bureau website.  

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The Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH)  is multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers and clinicians from institutions including UT Health San Antonio, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Dear community and academic partners:

Recent events – from our nation’s haphazard response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately affected minorities and under-represented persons, to the horrific murders of unarmed black people in Minneapolis, Louisville, Dallas, Brunswick, Georgia and countless other places – are grim reminders of the inequities and injustices of the society in which we live. Slavery may have ended over 150 years ago, but racial/ethnic disparities and discrimination are alive and well. And yet racism and discrimination are more than social injustice and economic disparities issues, they are a population health issue, affecting how people of color live and die.

The ReACH Center’s vision is to advance population health through community partnership and research. Our values include diversity and inclusion, respect, equity, and collaboration. When we see those values ignored or steamrolled, rather than stand by in silent acquiescence, we stand with oppressed under-represented persons in our city, region, state, and country. To echo the words of Chiquita Collins, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Long School of Medicine, and UTHSCSA President Bill Henrich, MD, ReACH stands against racism, injustice, violence, discrimination, and xenophobia. We stand against the oppression endured for hundreds of years by indigenous people and communities of color. We stand against the horrific murders of unarmed black people by those in power. We stand with our communities of color, with marginalized people, and with racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities. We stand for freedom, justice and equity.  

Still another core ReACH value is lifelong learning. ReACH has a commitment to addressing health disparities and inequities and, in this moment, we recognize the importance of continuing to listen and learn from our community. Through our research we have the responsibility to address the damaging impact of social determinants of health and structural inequalities and educate the workforce of the future in these constructs. We recognize that racial/ethnic disparities permeate all sectors of our society and that academia is not immune. ReACH will not just stand against racism with words but follow our words with concrete action, through a commitment to tangible policies that address racial/ethnic disparities experienced by the faculty, staff, students, trainees, and the community with whom we work.

The ReACH Center is committed to promoting social and racial justice through training, research and education. We must teach every day, and we must learn every day, with our community. And we must both speak up and act.

The City of San Antonio and UT Health San Antonio are making efforts to provide up to date information and resources for the San Antonio community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please see our COVID-19 Resources Page for information and resources to assist our community during this challenging time.  Please check back frequently as information will be updated as information changes and new resources become available.


Latest News and Events

Study Recruitment: Women’s Health and Aging Survey Study

The ReACH Center is recruiting female research participants 60 or older to complete an online survey on women’s health and aging! Our goal is to learn more about how best to promote healthy aging among women by looking at a number of factors related to women’s health and aging, including social, lifestyle, and environmental factors.

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CDC Recommends Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

With the help of scientists around the world we are increasingly learning more about how the COVID-19 virus spreads.  This information along with evidence of widespread community infection in many communities across the United States has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a recommendation for people to wear cloth face coverings to cover their nose and mouth in community settings. 

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Census 2020 - Help Us Make Sure That Everyone Counts!

Many people are unaware of how census data impacts their day-to-day lives. Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important for people to know that it has never been easier to respond to the census!  You can complete it online, by phone, or by mail, without having to meet a census taker. The response of you and your household to the 2020 Census is important.  Join us in making sure everyone is counted!

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Spanish Language Resources and Latino Health Equity

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