Director: Barbara J Turner MD, MSED, MA
The Center for REsearch to Advance Community Health (ReACH) was established in 2010 as a formal cooperative venture of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC), the University Health System (UHS), and the University of Texas School of Public Health (UT SPH). ReACH conducts multidisciplinary studies to improve health care delivery for residents in the South Texas region, focusing especially on the needs of its majority Hispanic population. ReACH employs diverse methodologies to promote the health of our broad community including: comparative effectiveness research, classic health services/health economics research, and implementation research.
ReACH’s mission is accomplished through the research, presentations, and educational programs of its Scholars and staff. ReACH creates a stimulating environment to foster interdisciplinary networking and scholarly exchange that will promote research and educational collaborations to advance the health of the community. Interested investigators are invited to apply to become a ReACH Scholar. Scholars will be offered a valuable infrastructure for their REACH-related work.
ReACH Appointments (3 year appointment): Criteria for Scholar Appointment/Reappointment
Health services, epidemiology, or clinical researcher with MD or PhD or equivalent degree or
Community or academic leader
Qualifying Activities/Requirements for Scholars
We highly value Scholars’ expertise and partnership. Since participation and engagement is fundamental to ReACH’s success, we have developed new standards to continue as a Scholar for an annual review. These criteria have been discussed at our ReACH meeting and revised based on this feedback.
1) Dedicate at least 20 hours per year on ReACH activities and Scholars should meet at least 3 of the following criteria::
Attend at least 4 of 12 ReACH Friday meetings annually;
Attend at least 4 of 12 CER Journal Clubs and present at one annually;
Develop or conduct at least one collaborative research project with other ReACH scholars;
Publish at least one paper with another ReACH scholar(s);
Teach in an educational program co-sponsored by ReACH such as our CER course; or
Present at a ReACH/AHEC Alliance meeting of members of the community
2) Indicate affiliation with ReACH on all manuscripts and presentations of work conducted related to ReACH’s mission.
Those interested in applying to become a ReACH Scholar should submit a letter outlining your research interests and activities, illustrating your plan to meet the requirements of being an ReACH Scholar and a current CV via electronic mail or regular mail to:
Barbara Turner, MD, MSED
Director, ReACH Center
University of Texas Health Science Center, University Health System, and University of Texas School of Public Health
7411 John Smith Road, Ste. 1050
San Antonio, TX 78229
Services for ReACH Scholars
ReACH provides the following opportunities and services to its Scholars
Monthly meetings/research seminars. Provides a fellowship forum to share our health services research and policy projects, events, and opportunities and where external researchers can present their research.
Project networking and collaboration. Identification and access to opportunities for collaboration with faculty and researchers from other disciplines as well as community leaders.
ReACH research collaborative working groups. To facilitate developing the organization and staffing needed to respond to appropriate funding opportunities.
Research grant application services. Assistance in budget development for UT HSC and UHS collaborations and related research support services on ReACH initiated projects or collaborations.
Dissemination assistance. Assistance in designing a dissemination strategy to make proposals more competitive. ReACH also offers text to adapt for the dissemination research plan, resources and environment pages, and budget justification. Cost for this support can be included as a direct cost in each proposal.
Public relations services. Assistance in working with UT HSC or UHS communications services to promote Scholar expertise, published research and major activities to multiple audiences, including media, government leaders and the health care community.
Receive announcements on funding opportunities, external/internal conferences, and other events of interest to our health services research community.
Assistance with developing grant proposals using administrative and electronic medical record data from our collaborating institutions.