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 Core Scholar Luz Garcini Featured on Oprah's Book Club

Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and ReACH Core Scholar was featured on the latest episode of Oprah's Book Club streaming on Apple+.  Tune in to hear Dr. Garcini  talk to Oprah Winfrey about the border wall and her research related to stress and trauma in undocumented populations. Episode Preview

Local Census Response Rate

Are you interested in seeing how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census?  As of May 1st the national self-response rate of the 2020 Census is 56.0%.  The self-response rate for Texas is 50.6%, and the self-response rate in Bexar County is 54.0%. Stay up to date with self response rates from across the U.S. on the Census Bureau website.  

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ReACH Core Scholar Waridibo Allison Honored with 2018 Outstanding Community Researcher - Community Engagement Hero Award

ReACH Core Scholar Waridibo Allison, MD, PhD was honored with the 2018 Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) Outstanding Community Researcher - Community Engagement Hero Award.  The IIMS Community Engagement Hero Awards program recognizes individuals who have worked as a part of a community and research partnership build on a foundation of reciprocal learning and trust for the improved health and well-being of South Texas communities.  The Outstanding Researcher award recognizes faculty, staff and/or trainees who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment for collaboratively developing projects the promote leadership and shared learning to address community health concerns.

Dr. Allison along with the Southwest Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas Community Health Center received a 2018-2019 Community Engagement Small Project Grant entitled "Research Activity and Community Engagement to Screen, Treat & Organize Prevention for Hepatitis C (RACE to STOP HCV)." 

Dr. Allison is also the Principal Investigator the Targeted Access to Community Knowledge, Linkage to treatment and Education for HIV/HCV in people of color (TACKLE HIV/HCV).  TACKLE HIV/HCV is a multifaceted program to improve prevention, care, treatment and cure of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in people living with HIV in South Texas.  The TACKLE program aims to establish a model of HCV screening and linkage to care and treatment including integration of substance use disorder/mental health services for People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) in a network of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funded clinics in South Texas.The TACKLE program supports provider education for HIV/HCV co-infection management and treatment in PLWHIV by the UT Health San Antonio ECHO. TACKLE HIV/HCV aims to increase education about screening for HIV/HCV in communities that are predominantly composed of people of color and is working toward improving surveillance for acute and chronic HCV in PLWHIV.  

In addition to the two programs mentioned above Dr. Allison is a faculty mentor to a Kleberg Medical Scholar researching ways that providers can better understand the social, cultural, and economic factors that influence sexual behaviors, perception of risk, as well as attitudes, acceptability, and barriers to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use, particularly among minorities.