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Community and Societal Pediatrics

UF Health Community and Societal Pediatrics – Jacksonville, in collaboration with the Duval County Health Department and multiple community partners, provides cutting-edge, family-centered and culturally sensitive care to ensure all children in the community reach their full health and developmental potential.

Our physicians provide access to care for all children in the region through a network of practices, including those with special healthcare needs. The division's commitment is to ensure that every child, regardless of his or her healthcare needs, insurance coverage, family status or place of residence, receives comprehensive pediatric care.

Children requiring hospitalization have access to UF Health Jacksonville, Wolfson Children's Hospital and all subspecialty services. Practices are open Monday through Friday, with some locations offering limited appointments on Saturday mornings. Same and next-day appointments are available. Additionally, medical staff is available by phone 24 hours every day of the year.

Services

  • Well-child primary care, including baby and periodic checkups, school and sports physical exams
  • Sick-child care for fevers, headaches, colds, flu, stomach aches, etc.
  • Childhood immunizations
  • Diagnosis and treatment for developmental, behavioral and psychiatric conditions
  • Dermatological (skin) conditions
  • Diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic illnesses, including allergies, asthma, ADHD
  • Specialty care for those with special healthcare needs, including children with chronic illnesses, disabling conditions, in rehabilitation and those with life-limiting conditions, as well as children in foster care, homeless children and young people in transition from pediatric to adult care
  • Specialty referrals to University of Florida, Nemours Children's Clinic and private practitioners
  • Referrals to financial counselors and legal services

Community Outreach Programs

  • Center for Women and Children

    Pediatricians at this specialized Duval County Health Department practice provide a variety of services focusing on the health and well being of mothers and their children. In addition to general primary care for children, services for mothers include pregnancy testing, pap smears, breast and cervical cancer care, breast exams and prenatal care.

  • Cleft Lip and Palate Team

    The Cleft Lip and Palate Team provides comprehensive care, surgery, therapy and management of children from birth through adolescence born with cleft lips and/or palates. The team consists of pediatricians, plastic surgeons, dentists, oral surgeons and orthodontists, otolaryngologists, and speech and hearing professionals, and a geneticist, social worker and nurse coordinator. Upon referral from the nursery or physicians, the nurse provides parental support and education on feeding and coordinates the various medical services a child may require. Following a comprehensive evaluation from our interdisciplinary team, a treatment plan is developed and implemented in consultation with the child’s family.

  • Community PedsCare

    Community PedsCare provides comprehensive and compassionate palliative care to children with life-limiting and chronic conditions, as well as end-of-life care to children and their families. Part of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, the program works in collaboration with physicians and other professionals and organizations throughout the region to ensure children and families receive care designed to relieve suffering, provide comfort and improve their quality of life. Services include pain and symptom management; medical consultation; mental, psychosocial and spiritual support and counseling; family respite; assistance with financial issues; case management; and bereavement and grief support. Special attention is paid to the needs of siblings.

  • Foster Care - Kids 'N Care

    Kids 'N Care is a unique program in Florida that provides comprehensive medical, mental health, developmental and behavioral assessments and care to children in the foster care system. The program works in collaboration with Family Support Services, Department of Children and Families and multiple community organizations to ensure that these at-risk children and their families receive care for their physical, emotional and behavioral health.

  • Jacksonville Health and Transition Services (JaxHATS)

    The transition from pediatric to adult-oriented care can be complicated for youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The Jacksonville Health and Transition Services (JaxHATS), which serves teens and young adults ages 16 to 26, makes this transition easier. Staff includes a pediatrician, internist, advanced registered nurse practitioner, nurse care coordinator and community liaison who provide primary medical care to address young persons' immediate medical needs. The JaxHATS team also works with youth over time to help them gain the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their long-term goals. Services are available to residents of Duval, Nassau, Baker, Clay and St. Johns counties and are covered by Medicaid, Children’s Medical Services and most other health insurance plans.

  • Medical Home for Homeless Children Project

    The Medical Home for Homeless Children Project provides a system of care to homeless families living in shelters. A Medical Home is a center of care where doctors, staff and patients pull together as a health care family. Nurse care coordinators visit the shelters and bring families into a Medical Home at the Duval County Health Department's Center for Women and Children. The nurses provide case management, transportation and health education to these families.

  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

    Pediatricians in the Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics provide rehabilitation services to children with complex medical and therapy needs in partnership with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. Specialty services and clinics at Wolfson and the UF Pediatric Center care for children with severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, brain and spinal cord injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders. These services include Botox injections for spasticity, Baclofen Pump management and bracing. The comprehensive rehabilitation team at Brooks serves children with severe physical and cognitive injuries in an inpatient setting.