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
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.
- Well-child primary care, including baby and periodic checkups, school and sports
- 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,
- 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
- 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
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.
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.