March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer refers to cancer in the colon, rectum, or both. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the US, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths with 50,000 deaths per year. It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people 50 years or older. However, incidence in those younger than 50 is on the rise. When screened early, colorectal cancer can be treated. Researchers around the globe are working on interventions to prevent cancer and treatments to provide hope for people living with colorectal cancer. 


Our Community, Our Health Town Hall Event

Join HealthStreet, UF Stem Translational Communication Center, and UF Health Cancer Center to discuss colorectal cancer, virtual screenings, and have your questions answered!

When: March 25th, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Zoom link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97137305963


HealthStreet continues to serve you with our dedicated Community Health Workers (CHWs). This week our team will be at the following locations, in addition to other places:

+ Headquarters Library

+ Heartwood Stage Farmers Market

+Gainesville Community Ministry USDA Food Distribution

Every week, CHWs are all over the city to give FREE health resources, like Deterra™ Deactivation Bags and NARCAN® Nasal Spray, blood pressure checks, referrals,  help you know which research studies you may be eligible for, and sign you up to become a HealthStreet member.

If you missed our Community Health Workers while they were on outreach, stop by HealthStreet at 2401 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. We offer a clothing and toiletry closet, and we can provide you with health-related resources and referrals.


Interested in participating in research?

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

+The Marijuana Use, Strength Training, and Alcohol Consumption (MUSTAC) Study seeks to determine the impact of musculoskeletal pain on demand for alcohol and marijuana. Eligible participants must be 21-64 years of age, White or Black/African American, own a smartphone, and regularly use both alcohol and smoke marijuana.

+The Improving OEF/OIF/OND Veterans’ Driver Fitness and Community Mobility (Veteran Drivers) Study is seeking to identify at-risk OEF/OIF/OND veterans who may not otherwise seek driving interventions to assess the feasibility of a 1-day driving workshop. Eligible participants must be 19-70 years of age, served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), or Operation New Dawn (OND), and been diagnosed with a combination of two or more combat-related conditions.


If you are interested in hearing about these or other studies, contact our Study Navigator, Sara, at 352-294-4873.

Do you or someone you know have cancer? We'd love to talk about opportunities to participate in research. Please share this link to become a member and learn about cancer screenings.


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