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 Core Scholar Luz Garcini Featured on Oprah's Book Club

Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and ReACH Core Scholar was featured on the latest episode of Oprah's Book Club streaming on Apple+.  Tune in to hear Dr. Garcini  talk to Oprah Winfrey about the border wall and her research related to stress and trauma in undocumented populations. Episode Preview

Local Census Response Rate

Are you interested in seeing how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census?  As of May 1st the national self-response rate of the 2020 Census is 56.0%.  The self-response rate for Texas is 50.6%, and the self-response rate in Bexar County is 54.0%. Stay up to date with self response rates from across the U.S. on the Census Bureau website.  

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New ReACH Core Scholar Publication Explores Body Image in Adult Women


A new publication authored by ReACH Core Scholar Lisa Smith Kilpela, PhD and collaborators at Trinity University and Pennington Biomedical Research Center explores body image in adult women along with probable connections in health/ wellness behaviors, health-related quality of life and functional impairment. The study used data from an online survey that was tageted at women 25 years or older and found that adult women of all ages shared similar body images concerns.  The study also found that negative body image was linked with poorer wellness behaviors.  The study indicated that additional reserch is needed in this area.  

Dr. Kilpela is the recipient of Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging that will allow her to continue to collect data in this area.  The research that is a part of Dr. Kilpela's Beeson Career Development Award will expand the preliminary research conducted during her Pepper Center RL5 which found that the most common form of disordered eating in older women is binge eating.  Binge eating is closely linked with obesity and depression and is assocaited with metabolic dysfuction, sleep problems, disabilty and poorer quality of life.  Through her Beeson Career Development Award, Dr. Kilpela will work to tailor evidence-based treatments for binge eating for older women in order to address aging-related factors not present in younger women. 

Citation: Becker CB, Verzijl CL, Kilpela LS, Wilfred SA, Stewart T. Body image in adult women: Associations with health behaviors, quality of life, and functional impairment.  J Health Psychol. 2019; 24(11):1536-47.