Announcements

Open Research Coordinator Position

ReACH is seeking a Research Coordinator!  Visit our Job Opportunities page for more information about this position.

Upcoming Front Porch Club Meeting

Mark your calendars!  The next Front Porch Club Meeting is February 21st at 4:30 pm.  Join us in person or connect by Zoom.  We hope to see you there!

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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7411 John Smith Road

Suite 1050

San Antonio, TX

78229

 

Tel: 210-562-5551

Fax: 210-562-5560

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.