UT Health San Antonio South Central AETC

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also called UT Health San Antonio, is a leading academic health center with a mission to make lives better through excellence in advanced academics, life-saving research and comprehensive clinical care including health, dental and cancer services.

The purpose of UT Health San Antonio is to provide the best in health careers education, biomedical research, patient care and community service to San Antonio and the South Texas/Border Region. Through undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, the faculty is committed to educating health professionals who will provide excellent patient care and research that can be applied to treat and prevent disease.

UT Health San Antonio became a local partner site for the South Central AIDS Education and Training Center (SCAETC) on January 2, 2020. UT Health San Antonio South Central AETC offers professional training and education to the central region of Texas to include didactic and interactive presentations, communities of practice (ECHO®), self-study, clinical preceptorships, clinical consultation, and coaching for organizational capacity building.

UT Health San Antonio South Central AETC uses the ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) telementoring model to partner with providers and healthcare workers in underserved, remote, and rural communities to increase their HIV related knowledge so that they can provide necessary care to patients in their communities.

Meet the Team

allisonInvestigator/Program Director
allisonw@uthscsa.edu 

Dr. Waridibo (Wari) Allison is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and Medical Director at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF).

She attended Imperial College School of Medicine, London and completed an internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and infectious disease fellowship at New York University (NYU). She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Allison is passionate about improving access to healthcare for under-served, disadvantaged populations in the US and in resource-limited settings overseas, whether that disadvantage is geographical, racial, cultural, gender-based or economical.

Her current research focuses on prevention, screening, and linkage to care in relation to HIV and viral hepatitis (particularly hepatitis C). She has clinical responsibility for people living with HIV attending the SAAF Care Clinic. Dr. Allison is the principal investigator and program director for the TACKLE HIV/HCV in People of Color project.

bobadillaProgram Manager
bobadilla@uthscsa.edu

Raudel Bobadilla is a Senior Research Coordinator and Community Health Worker (CHW) who serves as the Program Manager for the UT Health San Antonio South Central AETC. He has built a strong skill set for engaging and partnering with communities, care providers, and clinics to improve the population’s health.

In multiple projects, he has collaborated with community members, leaders, and organizations to connect the public to services and research opportunities. Mr. Bobadilla brought considerable experience as a Practice Facilitator and Case Manager for an HCV screening and linkage to treatment project. He helped create innovative treatment pathways within 18 clinics across 14 counties in South Texas.

Mr. Bobadilla also serves as the CHW Coordinator for an HIV/HCV Co-infection project (TACKLE). He manages a team of 6 CHWs throughout South Texas to improve patient navigation and ensure movement through the HCV and HIV care continuum. Through close collaboration with each clinic, Mr. Bobadilla, trains staff in program protocols, adapts the care model to the context of each site and serves as lead contact between clinic partners and the research team.

bullockEducator and Training Specialist
bullock@uthscsa.edu

Dr. Bullock is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and received her M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she also completed her post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and served one year as Chief Medicine Resident.

In 1996 she joined the faculty at UT Health Science Center, in the Division of Infectious Diseases and became a clinician at the University Health System Family Focus AIDS Treatment Services Clinic (FFACTS). She was appointed Medical Director in 1999.

Her primary responsibility is direct patient care of HIV infected adults, and this includes management of HIV disease as well as a host of other co-morbidities: including Hepatitis B and C co-infection, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary and renal diseases, and many other systemic illnesses covered by adult medicine doctors.

Other duties include clinical research and teaching medical students, medicine residents and infectious diseases fellows. She lectures regularly in both academic and community settings about various topics including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and primary care topics relevant to marginalized populations.

She served as the Medical Course Director of an interprofessional elective (Interprofessional Care in HIV) and the community mentor for all community service-learning initiatives 2009-2013. She also serves the HIV/AIDS community in South Texas through improving the quality of health promotion/health education outreach. Finally, she serves a support role under Dr. Waridibo Allison with the South Texas AIDS Education and Training Center.

taylorLead HIV ECHO Hub Specialist
taylorb4@uthscsa.edu

Dr. Barbara Taylor is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and the Assistant Dean for the MD/MPH Program at UT Health San Antonio with a co-appointment at the UTHealth School of Public Health. Dr. Taylor conducts impactful research to improve health outcomes for underserved populations living with or at risk for HIV.

She provides treatment for patients living with infectious diseases in San Antonio. A strong community advocate, she is a co-chair of the End Stigma End HIV Alliance of San Antonio and the Clinician Key Opinion Leader for San Antonio’s Fast Track Cities Initiative. She also works with two programs to increase screening and treatment for Hepatitis C in South Texas: TACKLE and HEPVista.

Dr. Taylor is an alumna of Princeton University, Harvard Medical School, and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

guitierrezProgram Coordinator

Maria Gutierrez is the Program Coordinator for the South Central AETC. After completing her BS in Community Health from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Ms. Gutierrez has dedicated the past 5 years working with marginalized populations in the nonprofit sector.

Her experience includes comprehensive and culturally competent education to empower communities to prevent the spread of HIV and STI’s. Most recently, she had been navigating patients living with HIV/HCV through the continuum of care for the TACKLE HIV/HCV Project.

Her skill set includes the prevention and management of infectious disease, distribution of project specific HIV/HCV education and providing access to quality care for underserved communities.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under grant number U1OHA33225 (South Central AIDS Education and Training Center). It was awarded to the University of New Mexico. No percentage of this project was financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.