Meet Our New HealthStreet Gainesville Staff

Lauren Light, Research Study Navigator

Welcome to HealthStreet, Lauren!

Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the HealthStreet team! Lauren has two years of experience in building relationships and fostering connections in the community through her work as a recruitment manager for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.  Her nonprofit and service background led her to HealthStreet and she hopes to gain a deeper understanding about public health through her work as the Research Study Navigator. She loves her position and enjoys enabling people to live healthier lives through access to services and research.

Brianna Aldridge
Brianna Aldridge,  Community Health Worker

Welcome to HealthStreet, Brianna!

Brianna’s interests in public health include discovering health disparities and working to reduce them as well as providing health resources to all who are in need! She wanted to join HealthStreet for an opportunity to meet people out in the community and to better their health through links to research studies. Brianna enjoys working with the other community health workers and reaching out all over the community as a team. Brianna received her Bachelor’s in Health Education from the University of Florida and volunteered all over the community prior to this job.

Paul Andrews, Community Health Worker

Welcome to HealthStreet, Paul!

Paul enjoys being a community health worker because of the more personal and community-centered approach to public health. Paul joined HealthStreet because of a desire to work for an initiative that was improving people’s health and livelihoods. He says the most rewarding part of being a community health worker is building rapport with people in the community and making a visible difference in their lives.






Diego Traibel, Community Health Worker

Welcome to HealthStreet, Diego!

Diego, a recent political science graduate from the University of Florida, is a welcomed addition to the HealthStreet team! His major interest in public health is reducing health disparities within different underrepresented populations. Diego wanted to join HealthStreet because of its focus on community engagement that helps the ultimate goal of reducing research and health disparities, while at the same time helping community members’ access to medical and social services. His past experiences include volunteering with the Boys and Girl Club of Alachua County as a mentor and working for a nonprofit organization, Cool Kids Learn, as a program supervisor.

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Cheri Knecht, Director of the HealthStreet Cancer Research Outreach Program

Welcome to HealthStreet, Cheri!

Cheri’s interest in public health is about improving prevention of disease and reducing disparities to care. She believes HealthStreet is a wonderful tool for community members to access resources and engage in social activities and events. She looks forward to educating the community about clinical trials and removing any anxiety or fear about becoming involved. Cheri’s experience includes being a research coordinator for an asthma study, an owner of a non-medical home care agency for seniors and a support coordinator for people with disabilities.