Virtual HealthStreet

About HealthStreet

HealthStreet, directed by Dr. Linda Cottler, NDEWS Principal Investigator and Director of Community Engagement for UF’s Clinical Translational Science Award, is an ongoing community engagement program at the University of Florida that 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 11,976 individuals have joined HealthStreet as members
  • Approximately 50 percent of HealthStreet members have been navigated to a research study
  • Of those navigated, 40 percent were enrolled in a research study
  • Data show that nearly 95% of participants are interested in participating in research

The Establishment of Virtual HealthStreet

On this basis, NDEWS is establishing a national Virtual HealthStreet. Virtual HealthStreet will continue with HealthStreet’s tradition of excellence in providing quality data and empirically driven policy change, with a new focus on drug use. NDEWS will be recruiting an expert panel of people with histories of drug use and conduct periodic special topic surveys specifically aimed to garner a better understanding of emerging national drug trends.

Information on how to join Virtual HealthStreet will be available soon through our website.

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).