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 is Hiring!

The ReACH Center is hiring a Program Manager to oversee adminstrative activities supporting our recently funResources Information Support and Education (RISE) Rural Telementoring Training Center. To learn more about this position please visit our Job Opportunities page!

Local Census Response Rate

Are you interested in seeing how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census?  As of August 11th the national self-response rate of the 2020 Census is 63.4%. The self-response rate for Texas is 58.5%, and the self-response rate in Bexar County is 62.5%. Stay up to date with self response rates from across the U.S. on the Census Bureau website.  

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Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH

Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH

Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH

Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH)

UT Health San Antonio


UT Health San Antonio

7703 Floyd Curl Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229

Phone: 210-450-8539



Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Dr. Garcini obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Behavioral Medicine from San Diego State University/University of California San Diego (SDSU/UCSD) and a combined Masters of Public Health (MPH) with concentration in epidemiology from the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health. Broadly, Dr. Garcini’s research focuses on identifying, understanding, and addressing the health needs of Latinx immigrant families.

Her line of research known as Projecto Voces (Project Voices) is a combination of community efforts and research studies which for the past 8 years have generated scientific evidence to document and address the complex health needs of underserved Latino families. Her commitment to research aimed at informing social justice is evident in her track record of publications, presentations, awards received, and funding allocated. Her work has been presented at multiple national and international conferences and has received widespread national and international media coverage in avenues such as Univision, Telemundo, CBS, U.S. News and World Report, MSN, and Global News Report. Dr. Garcini’s research has been recognized by numerous awards. Moreover, her contributions to diversity in the health and social sciences are also evident through her service and mentoring endeavors across various settings.

Research Interests: 

Immigrant and Latinx health; Sociocultural and contextual influences on mental health and wellbeing; Community-based health promotion interventions; Measurement and psychometrics; Health inequities; Innovative sampling and methodology to the study of hard-to-reach/hidden populations