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ReACH Scholar, Dr. Carlos Jaén named to the board of National Library of Medicine

ReACH Scholar Carlos Jaén, MD, PhD, professor and chair of family and community medicine in the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, has been appointed to the board of regents of the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Jaén’s special interests include improving preventive care for individuals of all ages, preventing complications from chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.



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. 

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ReACH Staff


Andrea Rochat, MFA

Andrea serves as the ReACH Center’s Proposal and Grant Writer as well asa Research Coordinator for two Hepatitis C Screening projects across multiple clinic systems situated in Bexar county and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In this role, she oversees day-to-day tasks associated with these projects, maintains ongoing communication with the clinics, and ensures that activities are completed within the study timeline and budget. Andrea brings with her a diverse background in communication, with an M.F.A. in writing and extensive experience as a university lecturer and as an editor/writer for a non-profit newspaper. Prior to coming to ReACH, Andrea worked as a writer across multiple fields, including the sciences and national education reform. 

Shruthi Arismendez, MS

Shruthi serves as the ReACH Research Projects Manager by providing oversight for grants management, reporting and submissions as well as fiscal-year budget planning. She also manages all inter-departmental activity including communications and contracts. She is responsible for supporting strategic planning for ReACH, while collaborating with community partners.She also serves as the Project Coordinator for the UT Healthy Heart program and oversees day to day tasks associated with the project. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of Psychology at UTSA specializing in health psychology.

Jessie Beltran, BS

Jessie is a bilingual community health worker (CHW) in a program that focuses on patients with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension at Family Health Center and Internal Medicine at the Robert B Green. Jessie serves as the liason between patients, doctors, and community resources.  She assists patients with their illnesses and empowers them to take control and improve their health. by providing education for patients as well as nutrition and exercise tips.

Juanita Cavazos, CHW



Jaclyn Cuellar, RN

A graduate of UIW School of Nursing, Jaclyn serves as a Clinical Research Nurse for a project focusing on patients with uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes.  She’s a Registered Nurse Case Manager for the Family Health Center and Internal Medicine at the Robert B Green clinic.  As the RN Case Manager, she serves as the liaison between patients, doctors, and community resources. She provides patient education to empower them to take control of their chronic illnesses & improve their health. Jaclyn has been practicing as an RN for 14 years. Her nursing background consist of women & children, family health, diabetes education and utilization review

Ludivina Hernandez, CHW

Ludivina is a Community Health Worker and local coordinator working on the Region 5 CMS 1115 Waiver project related to Hepatitis C screening. Her roles include doing patient navigation and promotora duties. She also links patients to medical care, alcohol/drug counseling and other needed resources to facilitate patient’s well-being.


Mariza Rodriguez, MA

Mariza serves as a bilingual CHW, also known as Promotora, in a program that focuses on patients with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension.  As a CHW, Mariza is the link between patients, doctors, and community resources.  She communicates with patients regarding their illnesses and empowers them to take control and improve their health.  Mariza also takes part in patient group visits, which provide patients an opportunity to be more involved in their health; these group visits cover education for patients as well as nutrition and exercise tips.

Natalia Rodriguez, MPH

Natalia works on the PCORI project, "Evaluating Methods to Engage Minority Patients and Caregivers as Stakeholders," as a Research Coordinator. She provides specialized administrative support including regular communications/meetings with faculty and research staff. She provides compliance and oversight of the project by supervising a research assistant in Frio County. She assists with stakeholder recruitment and effectively monitors reimbursement of participants per policy of the UTHSCSA.