Research, Education, and Community Health Coalition (REACH) was established in 2014 by Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) faculty Dr. Sharon Croisant and former PMCH faculty Christine Arcari. REACH aims to facilitate collaborative research and service efforts between Galveston County-area community leaders and policymakers with UTMB scientists.
Are Galveston youth at high risk for depression and suicide?
Are there working groups who can assist recovering drug and alcohol abusers?
Questions like these are formed by members of REACH, and the group collaboratively answers them and publicizes information to bridge the gap between research efforts at UTMB and the community. Simultaneously, the group aims to understand our communities' needs. REACH engages more than 20 UTMB centers and institutes and nearly 40 community organizations, creating a vast network of members who represent a wide array of interests.
Membership includes clinicians, researchers, policymakers, public health agencies, family service centers, cultural and faith-based organizations, and many more. By bringing together members from diverse backgrounds, REACH is eliminating redundancies in research, education, and community health initiatives, thus leveraging time, funding, and efforts by all groups involved. Members of REACH are very enthusiastic about multi-directional communication and actively participate in research.