About

Proudly Serving South Central Texas

The Prevention Resource Center (PRC) Region 8 proudly serves the 28 counties of South Central Texas and is one of 11 PRCs in Texas. The purpose of the Prevention Resource Centers is to increase the capacity of the statewide substance abuse prevention system. Our services seek to enhance community collaboration, increase community awareness and readiness, provide information on substance use and related behavioral health data, support professional development of the prevention workforce, and provide resources for evaluation activities within each service region.

Our Goals

The goals of the Prevention Resource Center are:

  • Maintain and serve as the primary resource for substance use and related behavioral health data for the region.
  • Coordinate the required prevention strategies across all substance abuse prevention programs to ensure compliance with state lations.
  • Strengthen compliance with existing laws on the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to minors through education activities and monitoring activities.
  • Increase awareness of the community regarding substance use and misuse through the dissemination of information across a variety of media outlets and distribution networks.
  • Build the prevention workforce capacity through technical support and coordination of prevention trainings.

 

Meet the PRC Region 8 Team

Gyna Juarez, MPA, ACPS
PRC Senior Director

Gyna Juarez has been in the substance abuse prevention field since 2003 and with  the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness (SACADA) since 2004.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M University in 2003, Gyna went on to work with the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) with the PRC Region 7 before moving to San Antonio in 2004 to join  the SACADA team with the PRC Region 8 program. She then went on to earn a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) in 2009. Gyna is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist (ACPS) and is a Regional Trainer of the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST), Prevention Ethics and Advanced Prevention Ethics. She is also Adjunct Faculty with San Antonio College in the Addiction Sciences program where she teaches DAAC 2306 Prevention I and DAAC 2353 Prevention II. In 2020, Gyna was named the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) Prevention Specialist of the Year.

Danielle Johnson, MPH               Data Coordinator

Danielle Johnson is the Prevention Resource Center Data Coordinator, where she serves as a resource for data on substance use/abuse and behavioral health across the 28 counties in Region 8. She is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Her passion to work in community health, led her to obtain her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Capella University. While pursuing her masters degree, she worked in the field of neuro-consumer marketing as a Research Assistant at Media Science Labs in Austin,Texas. Prior to joining SACADA, she interned at Healthy Futures of Texas, educating students on sexual health education and working as the Curriculum and Instructional Support Assistant for Triumph Public High Schools. In her spare time, Danielle is an active member of the Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and the Ruth Jones McClendon Section of the National Council of Negro Women.

Marcus Kavanaugh, B.S. - Community Liaison

Marcus Kavanaugh, B.S. APS
Public Relations Coordinator

Marcus Kavanaugh is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Prevention Resource Center (PRC)-Region 8, a program with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse  (SACADA). Prior to joining SACADA, Marcus was a soldier in the U. S. Army, as a Health Care Specialist and received an Honorable Discharge after serving his country for more than twenty years. Marcus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He is passionate about prevention and is enthusiastic in his work here at the PRC in helping Region 8 to include the communities, stakeholders, and everyone who helps with educating our youth and families with their well- being.

Uriel Hernandez, BS - Tobacco Specialist

Uriel Hernandez, B.S. APS
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator

Uriel joined the PRC team back in September of 2016 and has been crucial part to the program with the tobacco compliance checks. With a background in law enforcement, Uriel comes equipped with the knowledge and know-how of working with the community and navigating himself around the 28 county area.

Counties Served

The Department of Health and Human Services oversees the 11 Prevention Resource Centers of Texas. Each PRC serves several counties.

The 28 counties in Region 8 are: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Lavaca, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Wilson, Zavala

HHSC Regions

Volunteer

Help PRC Region 8 accomplish its vital mission.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Prevention Resource Center-Region 8. We have opportunities to fit your time availability and talents. PRC Volunteer activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Label material for community health fairs and presentations;
  • Organize SACADA resource clearinghouse;
  • Prepare materials for prevention programs;
  • Assist with various program activities

Internship and Practicum students will be assigned to a specific program and will receive direction from the assigned supervisor.

You will then be contacted to arrange a brief orientation, after which you can begin your volunteer service. We appreciate your interest in volunteering!

Please note: Due to the nature of the services we provide, some volunteers are asked to submit to a background check and/or drug screening and sign a statement of confidentiality.

San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is a drug-free/smoke-free workplace. No smoking is permitted anywhere on our campus.