HealthStreet July Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 5, 2018

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JULY 26, 2018: OCOH: Our Community, Our Health; Minority Mental Health Month Starting a Conversation to Overcome Stigma, National town hall

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Join the Conversation to Help #CureStigma on Thursday, July 26th…READ MORE »

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Founding Director Interviewed by UPI about the Importance of Representation in Research

June 15 (UPI) -- Before pharmaceutical companies can put drugs on the market, the Food and Drug Administration requires years of stringent clinical research to see if they will be effective and safe in the general population…READ MORE »

Tamara Lowrey Communications Specialist

HealthStreet Spotlight: Tamara Lowrey

HealthStreet is pleased to introduce Tamara Lowrey as the new Communications Specialist at UF HealthStreet…READ MORE »

The Asian tiger mosquito, an invasive, disease-carrying pest, may spread to new areas as a result of global warming. A study by Barry Alto, a doctoral student with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and Steven Juliano, a professor at Illinois State University, shows the mosquito breeds faster in warmer temperatures. Native to East Asia, the mosquito is established in parts of North and South America, Europe and Africa. The findings are being published today, July 5, in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (AP photo by Jim Newman, University of Florida/IFAS)

Florida's Mosquito Season: How to Protect yourself from Mosquito-Borne Viruses this Summer

The Florida rain and summer heat create an ideal environment for mosquitos which can lead to an increase in the spread of diseases transmitted by mosquito bites...READ MORE »


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! 

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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 enroll healthy volunteers.

HealthStreet is currently navigating people to many of these studies, some of which can be completed in minutes. For instance, we are recruiting for a 15-minute screening for tics among African-Americans. We are also recruiting those 60-years-old and over, who are concerned about their brain health or the brain health of a loved one, for a 20-minute study.

Other studies in which you might be interested:

  1. A study to understand the social circles of adopted adolescents and their parents.
  2. A study to learn more about the causes and brain changes seen in hoarding disorders.

Call, meet us in the community, or come by for more information on these or many other opportunities to participate in improving the health of our community (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. 

These are a few of the studies we are currently recruiting for:

  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 and other 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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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 (10,350+ and growing) for members who may be eligible to participate in studies.

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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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