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“Our Community, Our Health”

The Our Community, Our Health town hall series facilitates two-way communication between the community and researchers. Led by the UF CTSI’s HealthStreet program, it is a vehicle to share ideas about priorities for health research, communicate research findings and blend ideas for research from multiple stakeholders across the country.

Here’s how it works: 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 local updates. Then, all sites 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 (#OCOH) are used to facilitate questions and comments across sites.

Our Community, Our Health events have featured researchers, clinicians and research participants from CTSA sites and collaborators, and feedback from attendees is used to improve the forum as it continues to develop and expand. All events are open to the public.

We hope you will join us, in person or virtually!

To learn more or to become an Our Community, Our Health site, contact Erick Edwing at eedwing1@ufl.edu.

Upcoming Forums

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

OOCH July 19 panelistsThe 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

Past Forums

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.