Edition Information: Volume 4, Issue 9, 2017

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New UF Study to See if Monopoly Can Change Subtle Behaviors

OCOH, Opioids: A Crisis Facing Our Communities

On August 30th, from 6:00-7:15PM, Palm Beach State College hosted the latest Our Community, Our Health event, an interactive town hall focused on the national opioid crisis. A panel of guest speakers including Dr. Jay Kuchera, Dr. Henry Young, Dr. Jim Hall, Kevin Twombly and moderator Dr. Dave Campbell, gave updates on the latest threat of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids and shared research on how to prevent and treat addiction to opioids.

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September Is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

This September will mark the 28th anniversary of National Recovery Month. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 21.5 million people aged 12 or older have suffered from a substance use disorder – making up roughly 8% of the population.

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UF Study to Assess the Health Benefits of Gardening

A group of research scholars at the University of Florida Department of Environmental Horticulture are exploring the effects of engaging in gardening or art activities on the psychological and physiological outcomes of healthy women.

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Cooking Matters is Back!

New Study Seeks to Understand if There is a Relationship Between Body Fat and the Efficacy of Vaccines

Graduate students at the University of Florida are conducting a research study in order to evaluate the effect of obesity on the immune response to the Pneumovax 23 vaccine.

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A Season of Storms: Public Health and the Menace of Natural Disasters

It has not been a calm, quiet couple of weeks—not for the Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico or the greater Southeast United States. In a matter of a few weeks several major hurricanes, including now unforgettable Harvey and Irma, have torn through Texas, Florida and the Caribbean islands, leaving lives lost, lives interrupted and normality in suspense.

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HealthStreet Spotlight: Meet Alexis Jennings

Alexis is one of our dedicated research assistants here at HealthStreet. Alexis is a 2nd year Master’s student studying public health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences.

Alexis speaks with at least 30-40 HealthStreet members a day, hearing their stories and community health experiences while trying to connect them to social and medical services they need.

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Visit our new Cancer Research Engagement Program web page HERE to learn about research opportunities, health education and medical and social resources all devoted to cancer!

September is awareness month for cancers of numerous types: Gynecological, Prostate, Thyroid, Leukemia and Lymphoma as well as Childhood. Follow this link to UF Health Cancer Center for more information about these and other cancers.

Contact Cheri Knecht, (352-294-4882) for assistance with resources, clinical trials information or other cancer related concerns. 

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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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Resources for Researchers

HealthStreet offers great services to UF investigators. Community Health Workers meet community members in the field and link them to studies through the coordinator. We also routinely check our population database for persons who may fit eligibility criteria for UF studies.  Find out what HealthStreet can do for your research study! 

Pictured:  Participants in the Interactive Games to Increase Older Adults' Sense of Social Connectedness Study. The private investigator for the study was Yu-Hao Lee, PhD. Study coordinators were doctoral students Min Xiao and Robert Wells.

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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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