Virtual HealthStreet

The Establishment of Virtual HealthStreet

Through NDEWS, Virtual HealthStreet will extend UF HealthStreet’s tradition of excellence in providing quality data and empirically driven policy change, with a new focus on drug use. A national expert panel of people with histories of drug use will be recruited to participate in periodic special topic surveys specifically aimed at garnering a better understanding of emerging drug trends across the US. We aim to recruit 26,000 individuals to participate in the study over a 5-year period.

How to Join Virtual HealthStreet

Please join our growing community! Use the QR code below to sign up or click here.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about Virtual HealthStreet, please contact Dr. Catherine Striley at (352) 273-5359 or

About HealthStreet

HealthStreet is an ongoing community engagement program at the University of Florida (UF). Under the direction of Dr. Linda Cottler, NDEWS Principal Investigator and Director of Community Engagement for UF’s Clinical Translational Science Award, HealthStreet aims to improve the health of its community by reducing disparities in healthcare and health research through community and other stakeholder engagement.

  • To date, more than 12,000 individuals have joined HealthStreet as members.
  • Approximately 50% of HealthStreet members have been navigated to a research study.
  • Of those navigated, 40% have been enrolled in a research study.
  • Nearly 95% of HealthStreet members are interested in participating in research.

The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (U01DA051126) to the University of Florida (PI: Cottler; Co-Is: Goldberger, Nixon, Striley), New York University (Co-I: Palamar), and Florida Atlantic University (Co-I: Barenholtz).