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We, at HealthStreet, condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd and the countless other lives lost from racism. We condemn racism. Black lives matter. Every day we work to earn your trust. All of us stand with you. We want to be, we aspire to be, a safe place for…

Beatrice Dorestil Promoted to HealthStreet Director of Operations

Beatrice Dorestil, MPH, has served as HealthStreet’s Lead Community Health Worker (CHW) and Volunteer Coordinator since June 2018. She has assisted in the training of dozens of volunteers and interns and has helped in enrolling hundreds of community members for health education, community services, and participation in research. Her experience…

Gainesville community members gain insight on medical marijuana

The devil’s lettuce. The horrible herb. Satan’s salad. The medical use of this controversial leafy green was up for discussion Wednesday night. UF HealthStreet, a community engagement branch of the UF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, has been hosting interactive town halls since 2015. However, it held its first informational…

UF HealthStreet joins Melrose fire department in unique community health collaboration

UF HealthStreet has entered into a unique collaboration with the Melrose Volunteer Fire Department to train off-duty firefighters as certified community health workers, or CHWs. Serving as part-time CHWs, the firefighters will become familiar with the resources available through UF HealthStreet and can then connect community members to those resources…

To lift kids out of poverty, adults must be able to work

The poor often put health concerns on the back burner The ability to lift children out of poverty depends, in part, on the physical and mental health of their parents and guardians. The adults must be able to find and keep good jobs. But all too often, health problems…

HealthStreet Collaborator Serves as Vehicle for Change

In partnership with HealthStreet and UF/IFAS, the Fresh Wagon Mobile Farm Market Employee Wellness Pilot Program was launched in early 2017. Between February and June of this year, the Fresh Wagon visited campus weekly, bringing more than 30 diverse, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables sourced from 10 local…

Brianna Stanley and Anjali Kumar: Few children access free food

There is sometimes a stigma surrounding food insecurity, but it is nonetheless a harsh reality for approximately 12.7 percent of Americans. In Florida the issue is especially pervasive, with a reported 16 percent of people having a limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Luckily, there are numerous local resources…

HealthStreet Undergradute Wins Top Prize at Santa Fe Research Festival

Janice Dalmond, an undergraduate at HealthStreet, presented a poster at the Santa Fe Research in Undergraduate Education (RUE) Research and Creative Scholarly Projects Festival on April 10. Janice is a student in the SF2UF program, the Baccalaureate program between Santa Fe College and the University of Florida…

HealthStreet First Annual Night of Dance

On Aug. 20, 2016, UF HealthStreet hosted a community event in the heart of Gainesville, the first Annual Night of Dance, held at Bo Diddley Plaza. This was an amazing celebration of our community’s diversity, creativity, and commitment to improved health. Around 500 people attended the event, enjoying fun activities and…