Caring Community Conferences

The Caring Community Initiative was born of a desire to  improve the individual and economic health of the Northeast Florida community, enhancing quality of life and accelerating growth in research, education, biomedical science and technology. This page features information about the Center’s work on the Caring Community Initiative, and detailed information on Caring Community events sponsored by the Center.


As individuals and communities, we unanimously desire to achieve good health, to sustain it, to prolong life and live free from disease, despair, and disability. We believe that Health = Wealth, and that individual health is irrevocably intertwined with economic health for communities and nations.


To achieve good health, the medical profession has long upheld three fundamental, unifying, and enduring traditions: Caring, Ethics and Science. Through the Caring Community Initiative, those traditions have been extended and applied to our regional concerns for improved medical and economic health. The name “Caring Community” was inspired by a quote from Sir William Osler which states: “The most important thing is caring, so do it first, for the caring physician best inspires hope and trust.” 


With a focus on Caring, Ethics and Science, the first Caring Community Conference was convened in September 2007. Community leaders were called from all fields to collaborate in an evaluation of health issues, assets and opportunities, and to develop a plan to enhance quality regional health and medical care and advance growth in biomedical science. Twelve Final Recommendations resulted from that conference.  The Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida (the Council) was created to study and implement those recommendations. The Council gave its first report to the community at the second Caring Community Conference, held in September 2008. The third Caring Community Conference was held in September 2009, with a focus on Healthcare Reform. The fourth Caring Community Conference was held on Sept. 15th, 2010, and focused on Northeast Florida as a Region of Medical Excellence.


Past Conferences


Caring Physicians

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Caring Physicians of the World


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This book was edited and published by the World Medical Association (WMA) supported by Pfizer.

It tells the unique stories of 65 physicians from 58 countries, selected by their National Medical Association colleagues for exemplary medical and social leadership.