ReACH/IIMS Announce 2019-2020 Population Health Pilot Grants Program

The ReACH Center, in conjunction with the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) have announced the 2019-2020 ReACH/IIMS Population Health Pilot Grants Program.  Applications are due January 13, 2020 by 5:00 pm.  To learn more about this RFA please visit our ReACH/IIMS Popultion Health Pilot Grants page! 

ReACH is Seeking a Research Area Specialist!

The ReACH Center is recruiting for a Research Area Specialist-Associate position.  For more information about this opening, please visit our Staff Opportunites page.  

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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