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ReACH Director, Dr. Barbara J. Turner featured on Texas Public Radio's Texas Standard

On Friday, March 31st, Dr. Barbara J. Turner, the Director of the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) will be featured on the Texas Public Radio show Texas Standard to discuss a recently published study that looks at how much the Hispanic community knows about chronic pain.  Dr. Turner and her team conducted a population-based survey representing 8.8 million Hispanic residents of five Southwestern states who did not have chronic pain.  The data from this study reveal serious gaps in knowledge about chronic pain including misunderstanding about relying on narcotics to treat the disease. This is the first study to reveal poor knowledge about chronic pain in a large population of Americans and reinforces the urgency of launching a broad-based educational campaign about chronic pain and its care. 
 
 

ReACH Scholar Bertha "Penny" Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC Selected for the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) PCORI Hispanic Patient-Centered Health Research Mentorship Program

ReACH Scholar Bertha "Penny" Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC was recently selected for the the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) PCORI Hispanic Patient-Centered Health Research Mentorship Program. This unique mentorship and training program provides individualized mentoring by Hispanic senior faculty researchers, networking with PCOR experts and other researchers in Hispanic health equity, skills building for career development, a two day in-person PCOR training with a special session to present your research.  Congratulations Dr. Flores!

Bertha "Penny" Flores PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC Awarded KL2 Grant

We are pleased to announce that ReACH Scholar,  Penny Flores PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC  has been awarded a KL2 grant.  Congratulations on this exciting achievement Dr. Flores! 

 

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Healing Through Touch: ReACH Scholar's Use of Kangaroo Mother Care Techniques Highlighted in UTHSCSA Mission Magazine

Lisa Cleveland, Ph.D., RN, PNP-BC, IBCLC, works with Yolanda Aldana and her baby, Nevaeh, on Kangaroo Mother Care techniques. Aldana and her daughter are part of the Mommies Program, a community-based counseling and parenting program for mothers recovering from substance abuse.

Over the past five years, Texas has seen a 60 percent increase of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) which is caused by a withdrawal from the methadone that is prescribed during pregnancy to mothers trying to manage heroin addiction.  These mothers and infants face significant challenges in the mother-child bonding process as the mothers are discharged from the hospital within a few days of giving birth while babies with NAS often stay in the NCIU for two weeks or more.  With Bexar County leading the state with the number of babies born with the syndrome, ReACH Scholar, Dr. Lisa Cleveland began exploring ways that using Kangaroo Mother Care techniques often used with premature babies could help mothers and infants with NAS.  

Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN named ReACH Center Co-Director

Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN

The Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) is pleased to introduce Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN as Co-Director.  Dr. Pugh assumes this role after five years of involvement with ReACH as a ReACH Scholar.  In her role as Co-Director, Dr. Pugh will work to expand health services and community based population health research to include military, veterans and their families. While the information we learn in these populations will have some unique findings specific to that population, many of those findings will translate to populations outside of the military in our local community to help improve the health of all residents in South Texas and beyond.
 

Research from ReACH Director and ReACH Scholar Cited in CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

On March 18, 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.  Research published by ReACH Director, Dr. Barbara J. Turner and ReACH Scholar Dr. Yaunyuan Laing was among the research cited in the guidance.  Congratulations to Dr. Turner and Dr. Liang!

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