Announcements

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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About the ReACH Center

Mission

To promote the health of South Texas residents, especially its majority Hispanic population, through comparative effectiveness research. ReACH brings together researchers from diverse disciplines and community partners to evaluate quality of care and implement culturally appropriate models of care that will result in optimal health outcomes.

Long Term Vision

ReACH’s institutional collaborators are joining forces to identify systems of care that meet the needs our heterogeneous patient population in South Texas as well as contribute to improving the quality and outcomes of care for all Americans. ReACH will advance the methodologies that underpin comparative effectiveness research in order to inform studies that define evidence-based, high quality care with judicious use of resources. The ultimate success of the Center will be measured in sustainable improvements in health care delivery and disease prevention in our community.

Resources

ReACH has 24 Scholars who are PhDs and MDs from diverse disciplines including statistics, epidemiology, health services research, informatics, economics, psychology, anthropology, community engagement, and behavioral medicine. Medical specialties represented by ReACH Scholars include; family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, and infectious diseases. The Center is guided by community advisors to ensure that we study and implement models of care that will result in optimal health outcomes. ReACH provided analytics support for University Health Systems and has created three longitudinal databases for research and administrative purposes: diabetes, HIV, and seniors who may be eligible for PSA testing. ReACH has also created a longitudinal database of patients with diabetes for UTHSCSA. All of these databases include demographics, medications, relevant laboratory tests and results, visit encounters, consultation services, and UHS data includes hospitalizations.

Organization, Structure, and Governence

The REsearch to Advance Community Health (ReACH) Center is multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers and clinicians from three institutions including the University of Texas Health Science Centers at San Antonio and the University of Texas School of Public Health. The Center's Director reports to the Vice President for Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.