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
1) Dedicate at least 20 hours per year on ReACH activities such as:

  • Serve as an investigator on a ReACH health services research and/or policy project.
  • Prepare proposals for a relevant externally funded projects on topics related to ReACH mission.
  • Participate in team teaching a course or a series of lectures on topics related to ReACH’s mission
  • Deliver a lecture representing ReACH
  • Conduct analyses and write reports summarizing work on administrative databases on behalf of REACH.
  • Mentor a student on behalf of ReACH
  • Serve on UT HSC, UHS, or UT SPH committees representing ReACH.
  • Attend ReACH seminars and research in progress conferences

2) Indicate affiliation with ReACH on all manuscripts and presentations of work conducted related to ReACH’s mission.
Appointment/Reappointment Process
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.