REACH Healthy Neighborhoods

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Healthy Neighborhoods

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Through a contract with the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) the ReACH Center coordinates the activities that are a part of the REACH Healthy Neighborhoods project run by Metro Health:

  1. Development, implementation and evaluation of a tobacco screening and referral policy for the UT Health San Antonio Resident Clinics (Family & Community Medicine and Internal Medicine) at the Robert B. Green Campus of University Health System.
  2. Development and implementation of a Community Health Worker (CHW) Continuing Education program with a curriculum of topics relevant to CHWs in the REACH Healthy Neighborhoods Project.
  3. Development of culturally appropriate messages to promotion tobacco cessation and the Quitxt, a text-based program designed to encourage smokers to quit smoking. These messages can be used by Metro Health and its collaborators to reach high-risk populations regarding tobacco prevention and cessation.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Co-Principal Investigators

Joel Tsevat, MD, PhD


Carlos Jaén, MD, PhD , Patricia Chalela, DrPH, Rebecca Jones, PhD , Paula Winkler, MEd;, Belinda Flores, RN, BS


South Central Area Health Education Center, South Coastal Area Health Education Center


Bexar County