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ReACH Director, Dr. Barbara J. Turner featured on Texas Public Radio's Texas Standard

On Friday, March 31st, Dr. Barbara J. Turner, the Director of the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) will be featured on the Texas Public Radio show Texas Standard to discuss a recently published study that looks at how much the Hispanic community knows about chronic pain.  Dr. Turner and her team conducted a population-based survey representing 8.8 million Hispanic residents of five Southwestern states who did not have chronic pain.  The data from this study reveal serious gaps in knowledge about chronic pain including misunderstanding about relying on narcotics to treat the disease. This is the first study to reveal poor knowledge about chronic pain in a large population of Americans and reinforces the urgency of launching a broad-based educational campaign about chronic pain and its care. 

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Paula Winkler, MEd

Paula Winkler, M.Ed
Director, South Central AHEC
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 1050
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 562-5584  

Paula Winkler, MEd received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University and her Masters of Education degree from Southern Methodist University. She has over 30 years of experience developing linkages between academic programs to community based health promotion/disease prevention initiatives. As the South Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Director, Ms. Winkler has assisted to facilitate the partnership of community based health and social agencies to the training and education health professions programs and community based research efforts at medical schools in Illinois and Texas. At the South Central AHEC, a project of the Center for South Texas Programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Ms. Winkler directs the Center within a 12 county catchments area with the largest county being Bexar and the metro San Antonio area. AHEC works closely with Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs) in south Texas to foster practice improvement initiatives and to increase opportunity for translational research to community members. Her current community based research interests include childhood obesity, teen pregnancy and developmental disabilities. Ms. Winkler currently serves on numerous area community advisory committees that focus on developing health promotion and information dissemination programs within the south central Texas. Some of these committees include Mision Luterana Promotores Committee, Movimiento Now! and the San Antonio Educational Partnership. She also serves on the board of the Texas Rural Health Association.  Ms. Winkler is currently a Co-Investigator on the Community Engagement Core Function of the NIH CTSA project award to UTHSCSA in 2008.


Research Interests: 

Health information dissemination and health workforce development. Chronic Pain, Immunization, Teen Pregnancy, Diabetes, Community Based Participatory Research, and Obesity