Volume 5, Issue 3, 2018

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Join a National Conversation about the controversies surrounding opioid addiction on May 21, 2018

HealthStreet is hosting its 17th National Our Community, Our Health (OCOH) town hall event on May 21, 2018.

This national town hall will focus on the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder (OUD) and is the second conversation in our series covering the opioid crisis.

We’re all already affected by the opioid crisis. If you want to know how you can help stop it, this is the town hall event for you. It will allow you to ask questions to—and hear directly from—health researchers and addiction medicine specialists who are on the frontlines fighting to save lives.

Register Now



 Here’s how it works:

The OCOH town hall series is a conversation between researchers and community members across the country. 

Each event has both a physical audience and people from various locations tuning in via live-stream.

Sites hosting local events begin with a community reception and local updates.

Then, all sites join a short, live-streamed town hall comprised of health researchers, health experts, and community members.

Participants are invited to discuss the studies and future research with the presenters, encouraging a mutual understanding of health research and its impact.

Polling and text messaging are used to facilitate questions and comments across sites.

This critical and interactive town hall will:

• Increase community knowledge of OUD: the disease, treatment requirements, and outcomes

• Share current research from various institutions

• Inform public of policy agenda

• Garner feedback about community recommendations for research topics

To get your in-person OR live-streamed town hall ticket:

Download the flyer: OCOH-May-21-Town-Hall

For more information, visit the event page on MyHealthStreet.org


For More HealthStreet Events, Click on Our Calendar!

Every month, HealthStreet hosts a variety of services, Community Health Worker outreach efforts, classes, support groups and events that aim to better the community's health! 

Click here to see our May calendar 

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May is Mental Health Month

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally―it's important for us to pay attention to both our physical health and our mental health, which can help us achieve overall wellness and set us on a path to recovery.

This May is Mental Health …


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UF Researchers Identify Risk Factors for Chronic Pain

Alternative treatment plans for at-risk patients may curb the development of long-standing musculoskeletal pain, a leading cause of disability.

UF Researchers have identified a patient-screening process for physical therapists and clinicians to identify patients at risk of developing persistent pain.

This screening process may allow clinicians to pursue alternative treatment plans for those patients for whom standard treatment could lead to chronic pain …



Interested in participating in research?

UF researchers conduct many different kinds of research studies, including clinical trials. Some studies focus on certain health conditions, but others need healthy volunteers.

We're currently recruiting for the following three studies: 

  1. A study to develop text messages that will remind and convince people to dispose of unused prescriptions opioids.
  2. A study to understand the social circle of adopted adolescents and parents.
  3. A study to learn more about the causes and brain changes seen in hoarding disorders.

To participate or get further information, please call HealthStreet at 352-294-4880.


HealthStreet’s Cancer Research Engagement Program provides numerous opportunities for community members to participate in health research at the University of Florida. 

We are currently recruiting for the following two studies:

  1. A study that examines how well aspirin works in preventing recurrence of breast cancer in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) who have undergone chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation therapy.
  2. A study that compares the effects of different weight-loss strategies on women diagnosed with HER-2 negative, stage II and III breast cancer who fall within the overweight and obese range (BMI 27 kg/m2 - ≥30kg/m2).

If you are interested in hearing more about these studies please contact Cheri Knecht at (352-294-4882).

Visit our Cancer Research Engagement Program web page HERE  for health education and medical and social resources devoted to cancer.

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer.

UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin.

The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost …


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May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Brain Tumor Association:

• Nearly 80,000 new cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year.

• Approximately one-third or 32% of brain and CNS tumors are malignant. This includes more than 25,000 primary malignant and 53,000 non-malignant brain tumors.

• There are approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a primary brain and central …



Would you like to help HealthStreet build community, support students and continue its groundbreaking research?

Volunteer your time and talent

Make a gift of any amount


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Resources for Researchers

UF HealthStreet's Community Health Workers (CHWs) conduct community outreach every day in order to recruit new HealthStreet members and link them to University of Florida research studies. We regularly check our member database (10,200+ and growing) for members who may be eligible to participate in studies.

Learn how HealthStreet can help your study


About HealthStreet

HealthStreet is a community engagement program that connects community members to medical and social services and opportunities to participate in health research at the University of Florida.  By completing a health assessment with one of our Community Health Workers, we can provide you many low or no-cost services, including eye exams, mental health counseling, dance classes, cooking classes, health support groups, a clothing closet and a toiletry pantry. Your voice is important, and you can be heard by becoming a HealthStreet member. 

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