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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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ReACH/IIMS Population Health Pilot Grant Program Deadline Extended to December 18th!

Due date: Monday, December 18, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. CST (no exceptions). Awards will be announced on or about February 2, 2018.  Please refer questions to Sarah Lill at (210) 562-5551 or at
Mission: To foster population health research within University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), and to improve health outcomes in the 38 counties that comprise the South Texas Catchment Area through career development of population health researchers.
Strategy: The UT Health San Antonio Population Health Strategic Plan, which was developed in conjunction with the UT System Collaboration on Population Health Innovation and Improvement (UT-CoPHII), will address the most pressing health needs identified by South Texas citizens. One of the plan’s key focus areas is developing population health research and interventions that target underlying social, economic and environmental conditions, particularly in the areas of obesity/diabetes, maternal/child health, mental health/substance use disorders, and smoking.   
The Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH), in conjunction with the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS [UT Health San Antonio CTSA]), is providing research grant funding to junior researchers, in conjunction with a senior faculty mentor and a community partner, to address the areas identified in the UT Health San Antonio Population Health Strategic Plan. The goal of this program is to build population health research capacity at the faculty and community level. These relationships should support junior researchers and community-based reserachers in conducting specific projects as well as establishing the faculty member’s overall research career plan, which must be in an area of population health. This 2017 ReACH/IIMS Population Health Pilot Grant Program announcement is specifically intended for highly innovative pilot projects with a high likelihood of building community partnerships, enhancing Population Health mentoring capacity at UT Health San Antonio, and culminating in additional external funding.
In order to build infrastructure for population health research pilot projects funding will be focused on projects with the greatest likelihood of achieving the following objectives:
·         Foster active collaboration/engagement with community partners and leadership
·         Facilitate team science at UT Health San Antonio
·         Assist practitioners in delivery of high quality care reflecting best practices and science
·         Promote community or population health
·         Improve health outcomes
Innovative, multidisciplinary pilot projects in T3/T4 translational research focused on health disparities, health outcomes important to patients and the communities in the South Texas Catchment Area, and interventions to address those priorities will receive top prioirity. While the program is not restricted to specific health topics, areas identified by the South Texas Catchment Area will be prioritized. These areas include:
·         Obesity
·         Type 2 diabetes
·         Hypertension
·         Mental health
·         Health care access/insurance
·         Health education and chronic disease prevention (e.g. diet, exercise, self-care)
·         Maternal/child health
·         Smoking cessation
Eligibility: UT Health San Antonio post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty (Instructor/Assistant Professor) and their community partners who have an interest in pursuing research focused on population health priorities. Applicants applying for this pilot program may not simultaneously apply for a $5,000 IIMS Community Engagement Small Project Grant award for a similar project.
Amount and terms: Funding up to $20,000 (indirect costs not covered) will be considered for project periods of up to 1 year. Additionally, a $3,000 stipend for the Mentor will be provided, for a total project award of $23,000. Funds may not cover salaries for other faculty or fellow stipends, but may be used for research assistants and community member compensation. Funds are available for up to 3 projects, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications.  
Due to liability issues, ReACH will not issue checks directly to awardees.  Instead, awardee accounts will be centralized at ReACH.  Budgeted expenses will be supported via supply orders and payment vouchers.  Other budgeted expenses may require the submission of an invoice.  Funds for budgeted expenses of projects co-led by other non-UTHSCSA academic partners will be disbursed as invoices are received.
Application submission: Applications should be submitted via REDCap. Uploaded documents should be formatted as PDF files, use Arial 11 point font, single spacing, and 0.5-inch margins on all sides. Failure to follow these or the following guidelines will result in the application being administratively withdrawn.
The application should include the following:
·         Project summary/abstract (NIH form page; 30-line maximum)
·         Budget (NIH form page)
·         Budget justification (NIH form page)
·         Specific aims (1 page maximum)
·         Career development plan and mentoring plan (1 page maximum)
·         Research and dissemination/implementation plan (4 pages maximum)
·         Literature citations (1 page maximum)
·         NIH Biosketch for all academic investigators (new NIH format, limit to 5 pages/investigator)
·         Letters of Collaboration and Support
For projects involving the use of human subjects, funds will only be released upon receipt of a copy of the official letter of approval by the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB). The expectation is that institutional approvals (including IRB) will be promptly obtained and projects initiated/funds disbursed within 60 days of award. If a different timeline is anticipated, address this in the application.
Applicants must also be incompliance with institutional conflict of interest disclosure policies. A UT Health San Antonio Certificate of Proposal (COP) is required upon award.
Review process and criteria: Applications will be peer-reviewed using NIH scoring. Merit will be scored based on the following criteria:
·         Is the proposal thoughtfully conceived and well written?
·         Does this project address the award objectives and are the objectives likely to be met?
·         Does the investigator team have the experience/infrastructure to meet the goals of the study within the proposed timeframe?
·         Is there a demonstrated strong partnership between the faculty member(s) and community member(s)?
·         Does the mentoring plan address the mentoring needs of the applicant?
·         Is the budget appropriate to the project?
·         If funded, how likely is it that this award lead to external funding?
Final funding decisions will be based on scientific merit, as well as programmatic considerations, such as breadth and depth of the overall pilot study portfolio, interaction among partners, community involvement, and balance among program areas and disciplines.
Administrative management:  Progress reports will be requested 6 and 12 months after the initiation of funding and a final report will be due at the conclusion of the pilot.