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.  

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New ReACH Publication Provides a Step-by-Step Guide for Community Engagement in Research

Engaging the community from the start in identifying and addressing health issues through collaborative research increases the likelihood of long-term improvements in health status.  However, many medical and allied health researchers have few resources to guide them in establishing authentic and effective partnerships with community stakeholders.

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), in collaboration with UT Health San Antonio and its community partners, has published a new e-book, Underserved Populations: Advancing Health, Engaging and Developing (UPAHEAD) Research Handbook.  With valuable links and tips, this handbook offers constructive guidance on best practices to establish a dynamic, community-academic partnership that utilizes the talents and unique knowledge of community members and the skills and resources of researchers to help address health issues.

“Reducing health status disparities  requires researchers to move beyond their comfort zones and to partner with underserved communities with little to no benefit from research,” says Barbara J. Turner, MD, MSED, primary handbook author.  “True community collaboration requires researchers to reach out beyond those who are easy to engage or are from more advantaged backgrounds to address the priorities of those with the greatest need.”

UPAHEAD features a rigorous overview of published evidence about the initial stages of identifying community partners to guide the engagement and research process, as well as real-life examples and action items to build stronger relationships with vulnerable populations. It fills evidence gaps with lessons from a UT Health San Antonio research project funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute® and focused on engaging residents in two rural, predominantly Hispanic communities in chronic pain management.

In contrast to other guides, the nine-step, 100 page e-book emphasizes practical methods to involve and partner with members from hard-to-reach, vulnerable populations that are new to productive collaborations with researchers to improve health and health care.  Readers will:

  • Gain knowledge of community-engaged research,
  • Learn how to identify and engage community partners,
  • Learn about structured group processes to elicit community priorities,
  • Develop protocols to design short– and long-term initiatives, and
  • Identify capacity-building strategies.

SOPHE is pleased to partner with UT Health San Antonio to advance the research and practice focused on eliminating health disparities,” says Elaine Auld, CEO.  “In addition to clinicians, we hope this new resource will benefit community organizations, policymakers, payers, and community members in order to engage and sustain research relationships with underserved, vulnerable populations.”