HealthStreet March Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 3, 2020

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Stop the spread of the Coronavirus with good personal health habits

• Avoid having close contact with people who are sick.

• If you're sick, stay home except to get medical care.

• Use tissues to cover your coughs and sneezes.

• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

• If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

Find out more about what you should be doing to prepare for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Gambling Screening Day March 10th

Join us March 10th for Gambling Disorder Screening Day

Around 3 out of 100 people have gambling problems. It is nothing to be ashamed of and recovering from a gambling problem is possible. The first step though is identifying that a problem exists. HealthStreet is partnering with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance to raise awareness about Gambling Disorder around the community of Gainesville on March 10th. READ MORE »


Our Community, Our Health Town Hall

March 17, 2020 6-7PM EDT

On Tuesday, March 17th, UF HealthStreet is hosting an

Our Community, Our Health (OCOH) National Town Hall focusing on Traumatic Brain Injuries

We invite you to join us and our panel of scientists as we discuss new progress in traumatic brain injury research, clinical interventions, and innovative collaboration within the discipline.

Our panel of speakers will include:

Russell Bauer, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor, UF Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Michael Jaffee, M.D., FAAN, FANA, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, UF Department of Neurology

Carolyn Geis, M.D., Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UF Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Joseph Giacino, Ph.D.Professor, Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School 

Time: Local reception begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT, town hall 6-7 p.m. EDT
Location: HealthStreet, 2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608

RSVP now to attend in person or online. Please share this invitation with your friends and colleagues!

Arrive early, light refreshments are available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Did you miss the February Our Community, Our Health Town Hall on Distracted Driving?

Check it out HERE!


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Join us on March 17th for an Our Community, Our Health Town Hall on Traumatic Brain Injuries.

DID YOU KNOW? A Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a penetrating head injury that disrupts the brain’s normal function, though not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. 

A TBI may be classified as mild, moderate, severe or penetrating.

Falls and motor vehicle collisions are the two leading causes of TBI.

Know the Signs

Common symptoms of TBI may include but are not limited to:

• Cognitive changes, such as trouble concentrating, memory lapses, and confusion.

• Emotional changes, such as anxiety, apathy, aggression, personality changes, or post-traumatic stress.

• Physical changes, such as loss of consciousness, post-injury amnesia, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and seizures.

It is important to provide support to people who have experienced TBI by spreading awareness and de-stigmatizing brain injuries.


Click on Our Calendar to See Our Events!

Every month, HealthStreet hosts a variety of services, classes, support groups, and events that aim to improve the community's health! 

Our Community Health Workers are out in the community providing assessments, education, referrals, and research opportunities every day!

Click here to see our March calendar


Are you interested in participating in research?

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

HealthStreet is currently navigating people to many of these studies, some of which you can complete in minutes.

Here are a few studies that you can participate in now:

For pregnant and newly-postpartum women: Assessing the acceptance and usability of a mobile-phone application to manage anxiety and monitor mood-change symptoms. Participants can receive $20 in compensation.

For people between the ages of 18-50 and on suboxone or methadone: Evaluating a new method of influencing substance users’ attention, cravings and substance use. Participants can receive up to $204 for completing the study. 

For males age 50-55 years and females age 53-60 years with 16+ years of education: Evaluating the effect of spaceflight on neurocognitive performance. Up to $360 available in compensation.

For children who are 6-12 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Investigating how the oromotor system supports jaw movement, chewing and swallowing. Free non-x-ray/non-invasive oral exam (worth $150 value) and can receive $15 compensation.

If you are interested in hearing more about these and other studies, please contact HealthStreet at (352) 294-4880.


Learn how HealthStreet can help your study:

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If you are interested in collaborating with HealthStreet, click the button above 
or contact us at or (352) 294-4880.


HealthStreet Services

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 with information about low or no-cost services, including eye exams, mental health counseling, dance classes, cooking classes, health support groups, and a clothing closet and toiletry pantry. Your voice is important, and you can be heard by becoming a HealthStreet member!

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Phone: (352) 294-4880

2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608


Questions? Please contact: 

Jordan Laib
Communications Assistant | HealthStreet at the University of Florida
College of Public Health and Health Professions | College of Medicine | (352) 294-4871