UF HealthStreet's 5th Annual Night of Dance

About: The UF HealthStreet 5th Annual Night of Dance event is an extension of what we do every day– go out into the community and meet community members where they are and discuss their health needs and concerns. This year's event will once again bring our community together through dancing. With over 25 local partners, food vendors, and dance performers this FREE event will share with the community ways to improve health, while also creatively engaging people through dance and music!


Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Bo Diddley Plaza |111 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

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Research That Matters

Want to know why research mattersHere’s an example…

From February 2021 to January 2022, 106,848 people died of a drug overdose in the US, more than double the number reported in January 2015 (47,523) (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm). 

From February 2021 to February 20228,362 people died in Florida from drug overdoses according to CDC datain California, 11,807 people lost their lives due to overdose. Most, if not all, of these deaths are preventable.

The National Drug Early Warning System, coordinated by the University of Florida Department of Epidemiology, has multiple research projects underway to help catctrends in drugs that endangerour population’s health. We publish a short Weekly Briefing to alert the public to important information. Subscribe to our Briefing here.


People with lived experience can help NDEWS gather the information and disseminate these early warnings. Virtual HealthStreet is a cohort of people who will consider responding to short surveys on what drugs they are hearing about in their communities at specific time points during the year.  We invite you to participate.  Follow this QR code to give it a try. Many thanks.

As people try to stop, it is important to understand how to stop. Colleagues at Virginia Tech are conducting research to understand this. If you are interested in this initiative, you can reach out to Dr. Warren Bickel's team. Addiction Recovery | Virginia | Quit and Recovery Registry.


Third Annual 5K Run 4 Recovery 2022

UF Health will be holding their Third Annual 5K Run 4 Recovery on Saturday, September 24 at 9 a.m. There is no registration fee and all registered runners receive a free T-shirt at the race.

HealthStreet community health workers and volunteers will be in attendance tabling and giving medical and social referrals.


"Join us in taking one step at a time to support the hard work and commitment of those recovering from substance use disorders."


Register here.


Research Study Opportunities

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

+ The Misophonia study
is examining how the brain processes unpleasant sounds. Eligible participants must be 18-45 years of age and willing to participate in an MRI.

+ The HEMP study is examining the effects of CBD (cannabidiol) on chronic pain and inflammation in those with HIV. Eligible participants must be 21-60 years of age, HIV+, and interested in trying CBD. 

+ The MyCA study is examining the factors driving pain in knee osteoarthritis. Eligible participants must be 50 years of age or older and have chronic knee pain.

+ The Child Hearing Loss study is examining vocabulary and speech learning in children with or without hearing loss. Eligible participants must be the primary caregiver of a 4-6 years of age with hearing loss.

+ The PACT study is testing the effectiveness of brain training in preventing dementia. Eligible participants must be 65+ years of age and Hispanic or Black/African American.

If you are interested in hearing about these or other studies, please contact our Study Navigator, Sara Marsh, at



Health Literacy Media Survey

Our community partner Health Literacy Media works to make complex health information clear. In their survey above they're looking for people with certain health conditions to share their thoughts on health information by taking a survey or joining a focus group!

To sign up click here.

Community Health Workers

Would you like to join our team?

We are hiring people from our community who want to work with us to improve the health of their neighbors and friends. Does this sound like you? If so, we want to talk to you! Apply here.

HealthStreet Event Calendar

HealthStreet hosts a variety of services, community health worker events, classes, and support groups! Check out our calendar.



NARCAN® Nasal Spray may counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for family, friends, and caregivers - with no medical training required.

HealthStreet has partnered with Florida Department of Children and Families to distribute NARCAN® in our community. Call 352-294-4880 today to get your own NARCAN® Nasal Spray.


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