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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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ReACH Director featured on Texas Public Radio on World Hepatitis Day

On World Hepatitis Day (July 28th), Dr. Barbara J. Turner, the Director of the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) was featured on Texas Public Radio discussing the importance of hepatitis C screening for baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1960).  

World Hepatitis Day is reminder to screen, treat baby boomers

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July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, and ReACH Center director Barbara J. Turner MD, MSEd., has a message for the generation most affected by hepatitis C, the baby boomers. Her mantra is the age-old adage: An ounce is prevention is worth a pound of cure.  
 

ReACH Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center Launch Website to Help Texans Prevent Liver Cancer

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Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is the 9th leading cause of cancer-related death in the US and is one of the few cancers with an increasing incidence and mortality rate.  Texas has the second highest HCC rate in the country and HCC is the fastest growing cancer in the state.  The ReACH Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center through the support of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) have partnered on the Screen Treat or Prevent Hepatocellular Carcinoma (STOP HCC) initiative which aims to reduce HCC incidence and mortality in Texas by implementing an evidence-based hepatitis c virus (HCV) screening and treatment program for low-income populations in primary care settings across South Texas and the Dallas regions.  

Hispanics’ knowledge of chronic pain shows gaps

Hispanics and other minorities are more likely to receive poor quality of care for chronic pain. A new survey of Hispanics’ knowledge about chronic pain reveals that, even with the painkiller-related deaths of celebrities such as Prince and Heath Ledger, most know little about chronic pain and its care, leaving them vulnerable to repeat the dangerous painkiller cycle. 

ReACH Director Dr. Barbara J. Turner featured on The Huffington Post

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ReACH Director, Barbara J. Turner MD, MSED was featured in a Huffington Post article published January 23, 2017 that highlights the importance of raising awareness about hepatitis C screening.  

ReACH Co-Director Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN featured on News 4 SA

Mary Jo Pugh, PhD, RN

On December 22, 2016, ReACH Center Co-Director Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN, was featured on News 4 SA in a story that focused on her study that looks at epilepsy and its link to traumatic brain injury in veterans.  

Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN named ReACH Center Co-Director

Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN

The Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) is pleased to introduce Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN as Co-Director.  Dr. Pugh assumes this role after five years of involvement with ReACH as a ReACH Scholar.  In her role as Co-Director, Dr. Pugh will work to expand health services and community based population health research to include military, veterans and their families. While the information we learn in these populations will have some unique findings specific to that population, many of those findings will translate to populations outside of the military in our local community to help improve the health of all residents in South Texas and beyond.
 

ReACH Director, Dr. Barbara J. Turner featured in Pain Medicine News

On June 20, 2016, Dr. Barbara J. Turner, Director of the ReACH Center, was featured in an article entitlted "Belief that Races ar 'Biologically Different' Hampers Pain Care" published by Pain Medicine News. The article focuses on race-based disparities in the quality of care received in chronic pain management.

ReACH Director, Dr. Barbara J. Turner, to Present on Chronic Pain in Frio County on June 27, 2016

Chronic Pain: The Hidden Epidemic Flyer

On Monday, June 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm, Dr. Barbara J. Turner, Director of the Center to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will lead a webinar entitled "Chronic Pain: The Hidden Epidemic" at the Frio Regional Hospital in Pearsall, TX.

Local media recognizes ReACH Center Hepatitis C initiatives

On Friday, June 10, 2016, News 4 San Antonio interviewed Dr. Barbara J. Turner, Director of the ReACH Center for a story that focused on the various projects within the Center that look at screening, treating and preventing Hepatitis C.

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