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. 

ReACH Scholar Bertha "Penny" Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC Selected for the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) PCORI Hispanic Patient-Centered Health Research Mentorship Program

ReACH Scholar Bertha "Penny" Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC was recently selected for the the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) PCORI Hispanic Patient-Centered Health Research Mentorship Program. This unique mentorship and training program provides individualized mentoring by Hispanic senior faculty researchers, networking with PCOR experts and other researchers in Hispanic health equity, skills building for career development, a two day in-person PCOR training with a special session to present your research.  Congratulations Dr. Flores!

Bertha "Penny" Flores PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC Awarded KL2 Grant

We are pleased to announce that ReACH Scholar,  Penny Flores PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC  has been awarded a KL2 grant.  Congratulations on this exciting achievement Dr. Flores! 


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Mary Jo Pugh is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a Research Health Scientist for the Veterans Evidence-based Research, Dissemination, and Implementation Center, ALMD/South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Ed.M. at the Boston University School of Public Health in Boston, MA. She received her M.A., and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. She has been involved in epidemiological and health services research related to diabetes, epilepsy and geriatric care. General topics of research for these conditions include pharmacoepidemiology, outcomes research, and quality of care. Since joining the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2004, she has led studies funded by the VA and CDC to examine the quality of prescribing for older patients, treatment of older patients with epilepsy, and development of quality indicators for treatment of adults with epilepsy. More recently, she has developed a line of inquiry examining patterns and trajectories of comorbidity among Veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, linked patterns of care and patient outcomes in individuals with different clusters and trajectories of comorbidity. She is an investigator at the VERDICT health services research group at the VA, serves as a member of the Research IT advisory committee at the Health Science Center and is the Director of Research for the National VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence. She also serves as an Associate Editor for BMC Health Services Research and BMC Geriatrics, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Research Interests: 

Pharmacoepidemiology, outcomes research, mixed methods, longitudinal research.