May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States.  During May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encourage priority populations to get tested.  For more information about current ReACH Center hepatitis C screening and preventions projects please visit

ReACH Assistant/ Associate/Professor Opening

Please visit our Job Opportunities page for more information about this exciting opportunity! 

ReACH Scholar, Dr. Carlos Jaén named to the board of National Library of Medicine

ReACH Scholar Carlos Jaén, MD, PhD, professor and chair of family and community medicine in the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, has been appointed to the board of regents of the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Jaén’s special interests include improving preventive care for individuals of all ages, preventing complications from chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.



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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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