Our Community, Our Health: Join a National Conversation

A panel discusses breast cancer research at the Our Community, Our Health forum on Jan. 12, 2016.

A panel discusses breast cancer research at the Our Community, Our Health forum on Jan. 12.

The Our Community, Our Health town hall series brings diverse communities together to foster an ongoing conversation among health researchers and community members. Each event has both a physical audience and people from various locations tuning in via live-stream. Sites hosting local events begin with a community reception and updates. Then, all sites and virtual participants join a one-hour, live-streamed discussion with researchers, experts and community members. Participants are invited to discuss health topics and related research with the panelists, encouraging a mutual understanding of health research and its impact. Text messaging and social media are used to facilitate questions and comments across sites.

Since April 2015, seven national Our Community, Our Health events have featured conversations about high blood pressure, Type 1 diabetes, marijuana use among youth, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, mental health and women’s heart health.

Become a Participating Site

Based on a concept begun at Washington University in St. Louis and expanded at the University of Florida by HealthStreet, Our Community, Our Health events engage people across the country through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards consortium, which is funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. To learn more or to become an Our Community, Our Health site, contact Erick Edwing at eedwing1@ufl.edu.