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 an Our Community, Our Health forum

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 includes an in-person audience and remote participation via a livestream, text and social media. Locally hosted 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.

Since April 2015, more than 16 national Our Community, Our Health events have featured conversations about such topics as high blood pressure, Type 1 diabetes, marijuana use among youth, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, mental health and women’s heart health.

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.

Become a Participating Site

Our Community, Our Health events have featured researchers, clinicians and research participants from Clinical and Translational Science Award sites and collaborators. We hope you will join us, in person or virtually! To learn more or to become an Our Community, Our Health site, contact Chad Douglas, cdouglas@ufl.edu.

Watch Past OCOH Events

For an updated list of recordings and announcements about upcoming OCOH events, visit HealthStreet’s website.

November 14, 2017: Food Insecurity: A National Town Hall

Featured panelists, including Dr. Bruce Waite (Fresh Wagon), David Dinkins (UF/IFAS), Dr. Catherine Campbell (Family Nutrition Program & Program for Research Efficient Communities), and Sylvia James (Gainesville Housing Authority) will be presenting research, discussing models that have been tested, talking about national issues of food insecurity, and answering questions about food deserts and food insecurity.

Event Information

Recorded Live Stream

August 30, 2017: Opioids: A Crisis Facing Our Communities

Researchers and physicians from the University of FloridaNova Southeastern University and Resolute Anesthesia & Pain Solutions shared the latest findings on the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Event Information

Recorded Live Stream

March 30, 2017: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Zika virus

Researchers from the University of Florida, the University of Miami and the Florida Department of Health shared the latest findings on the Zika virus to address community concerns at a national, live-streamed town hall event called Our Community, Our Health: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Zika Virus.

Event Information

Recorded Live Stream

February 21, 2017: HPV Vaccine: Taking a Shot Against Cancer

This forum focused on how the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent various types of cancer among people in our community.

Event Information

Recorded Live Stream

January 31, 2017: Addressing the Stigma: Intersections between HIV and Substance Abuse

HealthStreet – a community engagement program at the University of Florida– and the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium are hosting an engaging event, Our Community, Our Health (OCOH), to discuss relevant research addressing the stigma against HIV and drug and alcohol use.

Event Information

Recorded Live Stream

October 26, 2016: Understanding and Addressing Trauma Across the Life Span

HealthStreet – a community-engaged research initiative of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Institute, in partnership with Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, is hosting the 10th national Our Community, Our Health event (OCOH) to discuss the role that the trauma has on changing the face of our communities’ mental health care

Event Information

Recorded Live Stream

Tuesday, July 19, 2016: Nurses: Changing the Face of Health Care

The UF CTSI’s HealthStreet program and the UF College of Nursing are hosting the eighth national Our Community, Our Health event to discuss the evolving roles that nurses play in health care, research and policy to improve the health of communities. Join a local reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m. (Eastern) and livestream event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Eastern).

  • Event Details and Livestream Link
  • Meet the moderator and panelists:
    • Annie Niemand (moderator), Doctoral Student, UF Department of Sociology, Criminology and Law
    • Gail Keenan, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor for Teaching and Research in Clinical Nursing Excellence, UF College of Nursing
    • Robert Lucero, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, UF College of Nursing
    • Denise Schentrup, DNP, MSN, ARNP, BC, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, UF College of Nursing, and Clinical Director and Lead Nurse Practitioner, Archer Family Health Care

Thursday, June 30, 2016: Women’s Heart Health

The UF CTSI’s HealthStreet program and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Translational Research Institute are hosting the seventh Our Community, Our Health event on women’s heart health. Join a local reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m. (Eastern) and the livestream event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Eastern).

  • Rhonda Mattox, M.D., Medical Director, Arkansas Minority Health Coalition
  • Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Dean for Research, UAMS College of Nursing
  • Christina Pettey, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor, UAMS College of Nursing
  • Kimberly Moore, Community Member, Little Rock

May 17, 2016: Mental Health Care Solutions in Our Communities

The UF CTSI’s HealthStreet program and the University of California Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities hosted the sixth Our Community, Our Health event on mental health care.

  • Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UC Davis
  • Charles Casey, Senior Public Information Officer, UC Davis
  • Dr. Hendry Ton, Director of Education, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UC Davis
  • Jessica Cruz, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California

Apr. 27, 2016: Lung Cancer Research

The UF CTSI’s HealthStreet program and STEM Translational Communication Center hosted a live panel discussion about lung cancer research. Through social media and text messaging, the one-hour forum provided local and virtual participants the opportunity to discuss the role of research in advancing the care of patients with lung cancer.

Feb. 10, 2016: Colorectal Cancer Research

The UF CTSI’s HealthStreet program and STEM Translational Communication Center hosted a live panel discussion about colorectal cancer research. The panel was moderated by Bridget Grogan, multimedia news manager for the UF College of Journalism and Communications. Through social media and text messaging, the one-hour forum provided local and virtual participants the opportunity to discuss the role of research in advancing the care of patients with colorectal cancer.

Jan. 12, 2016: Breast Cancer Research

The UF CTSI’s HealthStreet program and STEM Translational Communication Center hosted a live panel discussion about breast cancer research. Panelists included Karen Daily Weinstein, D.O., a clinically-based investigator and educator at the UF Health Breast Center; Rebekah Bush, CCRC, a clinical research coordinator certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals; and Lisa Edwing, a 20-year breast cancer survivor. Through social media and text messaging, the one-hour forum provided local and virtual participants the opportunity to discuss the role of research in advancing the care of patients with breast cancer.

Sept. 24, 2015: Marijuana Use Among Youth

In alignment with the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration’s celebration of National Recovery Month, Our Community, Our Health focused on research findings related to marijuana use among youth. The featured speaker was Dr. Maureen Boyle, Chief of the Science Policy Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The program also included music and performances by the University of Florida’s Arts in Medicine program.

Apr. 9, 2015: Type 1 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

The April 9 forum featured experts from the University of Florida and Health Literacy Missouri. Each researcher presented for about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers. The program concluded with tips on how to talk to your healthcare provider about the topics discussed. HealthStreet hosted the event in Gainesville, Florida, and was joined by eight other Clinical and Translational Science Award sites across the country.