COVID-19 Resources

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in our community, so does anxiety associated with the pandemic.  The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, the ReACH Center will be compiling a range of resources and information on our COVID-19 page

ReACH is Hiring!

The ReACH Center is hiring a Program Manager and Research Scientist to support our recently funded Resources Information Support and Education (RISE) Rural Telementoring Training Center. To learn more about this position please visit our Job Opportunities page!

Local Census Response Rate

Are you interested in seeing how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census?  As of August 11th the national self-response rate of the 2020 Census is 63.4%. The self-response rate for Texas is 58.5%, and the self-response rate in Bexar County is 62.5%. Stay up to date with self response rates from across the U.S. on the Census Bureau website.  

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Paula Winkler, MEd

Paula Winkler, MEd - UT Health San Antonio
Paula Winkler, M.Ed
Director, South Central AHEC
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 1050
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 562-5584  

Paula Winkler, MEd received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University and her Masters of Education degree from Southern Methodist University. She has over 30 years of experience developing linkages between academic programs to community based health promotion/disease prevention initiatives. As the South Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Director, Ms. Winkler has assisted to facilitate the partnership of community based health and social agencies to the training and education health professions programs and community based research efforts at medical schools in Illinois and Texas. At the South Central AHEC, a project of the Center for South Texas Programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Ms. Winkler directs the Center within a 12 county catchments area with the largest county being Bexar and the metro San Antonio area. AHEC works closely with Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs) in south Texas to foster practice improvement initiatives and to increase opportunity for translational research to community members. Her current community based research interests include childhood obesity, teen pregnancy and developmental disabilities. Ms. Winkler currently serves on numerous area community advisory committees that focus on developing health promotion and information dissemination programs within the south central Texas. Some of these committees include Mision Luterana Promotores Committee, Movimiento Now! and the San Antonio Educational Partnership. She also serves on the board of the Texas Rural Health Association.  Ms. Winkler is currently a Co-Investigator on the Community Engagement Core Function of the NIH CTSA project award to UTHSCSA in 2008.


Research Interests: 

Health information dissemination and health workforce development. Chronic Pain, Immunization, Teen Pregnancy, Diabetes, Community Based Participatory Research, and Obesity