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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Hepatitis C in Baby Boomers

The purpose of this project to improve screening and linkage to care for hepatitis C (HCV) of baby boomers across two regions in south Texas in outpatient settings.  First, we will educate all providers in the practices participating in this project about the need for and processes to achieve HCV screening of baby boomers.   Second, we will develop an electronic medical record (EMR) algorithm to screen patients in practices for HCV testing eligibility including: birth year 1945-65 and no prior record of HCV testing or HCV diagnosis. Eligible individuals will be flagged in the EMR or a list will be generated of upcoming visits of eligible patients as part of their routine health maintenance requirements.  Patients will be informed about national guidelines for HCV screening from posters, flyers, and given the opportunity to opt out of testing.  Third, we will develop systems for the practice team to order antivirus-HCV screening.  Fourth, patients with an antivirus-HCV+ test will be provided a mobile App educational program in English or Spanish about HCV infection and its care.  For all practices, personal counseling by a bilingual case manager/counselor will be available to answer questions about HCV and to address alcohol consumption, depression, and barriers to specialty care. A bilingual promotora will telephone patients to coordinate follow-up testing and linkage to HCV specialty care. The case manager will ensure that all patients receive recommended preventive care interventions on-site in clinic and counseling for substance abuse and care for depression. All of this will be coordinated closely in conjunction with primary care practice as in the model of the patient-centered medical home.