ReACH/IIMS Announce 2019-2020 Population Health Pilot Grants Program

The ReACH Center, in conjunction with the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) have announced the 2019-2020 ReACH/IIMS Population Health Pilot Grants Program.  Applications are due January 13, 2020 by 5:00 pm.  To learn more about this RFA please visit our ReACH/IIMS Popultion Health Pilot Grants page! 

ReACH is Seeking a Research Area Specialist!

The ReACH Center is recruiting for a Research Area Specialist-Associate position.  For more information about this opening, please visit our Staff Opportunites page.  

Become a Member of the ReACH Center

Do you have an interest in the health of San Antonio and the South Texas region?  Become a member of the ReACH Cenrer!  Membership is free provides the opportunity to get involved with shaping the future of population health, clinical and translational research in South Texas!  For more information and to sign up click here!

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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