Press Release for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UNF Center for Global Health Hosts Fifth Annual Caring Community Conference

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



The University of North Florida’s Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy will host its Fifth Annual Caring Community Conference, “Northeast Florida: Region of Medical Excellence,” at 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the UNF University Center. Registration and refreshments start at 8 a.m. 


The conference will offer a five-year status report on its successes in improving patient care, fostering growth in health care and bioscience industries, as well as enhancing medical education and research.  


“Progress has been significant. Patient care is being improved as an innovative Caring Communication Course, sponsored by generous grants, has been initiated in several organizations, enhancing the quality of communication in patient interaction,” said Dr. Yank Coble, director for UNF’s Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy. “Region-wide collaborative improvement projects in managing pain and hand hygiene are leveraging our cooperative spirit to the benefit of all patients.” 


Participants at this year’s conference will learn about a new community-wide initiative, sponsored by the Quality Collaborative of the Center, to control abuses in prescription pain medication, which has been widely reported in the media. Also, the results of the third Economic Impact Study of the Health Care and Bioscience Industry will be presented for the first time. 


Other key topics that will be covered include: 


  • Increasing Medical Residents Training in Jacksonville  
  • Increasing Quality and Safety in Healthcare  
  • The Status of National Healthcare Reform 


The first Caring Community Conference was held in September 2007, convening Northeast Florida leaders of business, research, medicine, government and education to assess regional assets and issues in health care and bioscience. Conference deliberations produced community recommendations to foster health care and bioscience, as well as enhance the individual and economic health of the region. The Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida was organized in May 2008 to implement the recommendations. 


The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required as space is limited. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept. 6. To register for the event, go to . For more information, contact the UNF Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at (904) 620-1211 or at .