Announcements

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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Suite 1050

San Antonio, TX

78229

 

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Hepatitis C in Baby Boomers

The purpose of this project to improve screening and linkage to care for hepatitis C (HCV) of baby boomers across two regions in south Texas in outpatient settings.  First, we will educate all providers in the practices participating in this project about the need for and processes to achieve HCV screening of baby boomers.   Second, we will develop an electronic medical record (EMR) algorithm to screen patients in practices for HCV testing eligibility including: birth year 1945-65 and no prior record of HCV testing or HCV diagnosis. Eligible individuals will be flagged in the EMR or a list will be generated of upcoming visits of eligible patients as part of their routine health maintenance requirements.  Patients will be informed about national guidelines for HCV screening from posters, flyers, and given the opportunity to opt out of testing.  Third, we will develop systems for the practice team to order antivirus-HCV screening.  Fourth, patients with an antivirus-HCV+ test will be provided a mobile App educational program in English or Spanish about HCV infection and its care.  For all practices, personal counseling by a bilingual case manager/counselor will be available to answer questions about HCV and to address alcohol consumption, depression, and barriers to specialty care. A bilingual promotora will telephone patients to coordinate follow-up testing and linkage to HCV specialty care. The case manager will ensure that all patients receive recommended preventive care interventions on-site in clinic and counseling for substance abuse and care for depression. All of this will be coordinated closely in conjunction with primary care practice as in the model of the patient-centered medical home.