The Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida 
Enhancing the individual and economic health of Northeast Florida 

The Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida (the Council) resulted from a unanimous recommendation at the 2007 Caring Community Conference, hosted by the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at UNF. The Conference convened over 100 northeast Florida community leaders from medicine, health care, education, business, government, and research. The purpose of the conference was to discuss northeast Florida’s health issues, identify healthcare, medical, and bioscience assets, and make specific recommendations to enhance the individual and economic health of northeast Florida.

 

Twelve Final Recommendations resulted from the presentations, discussions, and workgroup sessions held over the three days of the 2007 Caring Community Conference. At the conclusion of the Conference, participants agreed that the next essential step would be to form a Council to further study and begin implementation of the recommendations.  Founding members of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida were announced in April 2008.  Council members were chosen for their diverse expertise, broad community involvement and exceptional leadership.

 

The Council’s mission is to put into action the Final Recommendations of the 2007 Caring Community Conference.  The Council’s goals are complimentary to those of the Center, as the Center seeks to improve health and medical care globally, while the Council works regionally in northeast Florida.  Both the Center and the Council are committed to the belief that collaborative community action can enable northeast Florida to better utilize assets and address community health issues and inadequacies.  Addressing these assets and issues will enhance the individual and economic health of the community through improved medical care and bioscience growth, thus empowering the region to compete nationally and globally as a center of excellence in bioscience and medical care.

 

The Council is an asset locally and nationally, serving as an impetus for change in this community as well as a model for other cities striving to improve the individual and economic health of their citizens. This is a critical time for healthcare in America and there is much the Council can do to assist in building a stronger northeast Florida community, meeting the challenges of Improving Health and Patient Care, Advancing Health Information Technology, Fostering Regional Growth of Bioscience and Healthcare Industries, and Enhancing Medical Education and Research in Jacksonville. 

 

Our Mission

The Mission of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida is to implement the final recommendations of the 2007 Caring Community Conference to enhance the individual and economic health of the northeast Florida region. 

 

Our Goals

Improving Health and Patient Care enhancing medical quality, increasing access to care, decreasing health disparities, advancing health informatics and improving wellness in our community.

Enhancing Medical Education and Research in Jacksonville supporting our regional academic health science centers to ensure an ample workforce of physicians, health professionals and qualified researchers; building Northeast Florida’s reputation as a center of medical excellence---the premier regional medical referral center for the Southeastern United States.

Fostering Growth in Healthcare and Bioscience Industry attracting research funding and bioscience technology industries, pursuing research collaboratives and creating healthcare and bioscience jobs in Northeast Florida.