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

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.

Project Details

Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Project Period: April 2019 – September 2023

Co-PI: Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH


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