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Become a Member of the ReACH Center

Do you have an interest in the health of San Antonio and the South Texas region?  We invite faculty, staff, students to become members of the ReACH Center.  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!

ReACH Assistant/ Associate/Professor and Assistant/Associate/Professor Biostatistician Openings

Please visit our Job Opportunities page for more information about these exciting opportunities! 

ReACH Center Population Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

With funding from the UT System Collaborative on Population Health Innovation and Improvement and the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH), UT Health San Antonio is creating a new 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in population health. Eligible applicants are individuals who have received a doctoral degree and who are pursuing additional research and training in order to have better skills to pursue a career in academia, research or any other field.  For more information click here.

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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.