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UF Health reaches out beyond our hospitals and physician practices to share valuable health information with our community.

  • We offer health education programs and events and also partner in community efforts.
  • We support community programs to raise awareness of health issues and promote wellness.
  • We bring UF Health experts into the community to speak about health and wellness topics.
  • We offer disease-prevention information and screenings at community health fairs and other events.

Community support programs

UF Health's six health-related colleges within the University of Florida Health Science Center, the UF Health family of hospitals and many community volunteer partners work together to act as a health care safety net for many of the most vulnerable citizens of North Florida.

Caring for the state's neediest residents

UF Health is Florida's only health care system with two statutory teaching hospitals that are part of the state's "safety-net" hospital system, caring for people who have little or no medical coverage. UF Health spent approximately $233 million in unreimbursed charity care at cost. UF Health is one of Florida's largest Medicaid and charity care providers.

Supporting community agencies and civic organizations

Our employees raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year with our community support efforts. Some of our many beneficiaries include the United Way, the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.

Charity care and social responsibility

As a non-profit, we are committed to being a responsible, accountable steward of our resources. In fiscal year 2023, we spent:

  • $252.6 million in unsponsored charity care and social responsibility efforts in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Leesburg, and The Villages.
  • $70.7 million on health professional education
  • $18.5 million on scientific and clinical research
  • $5.1 million for community and regional health services

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

Every year, UF Health Shands produces a report that looks at the health care needs of our service region. This includes Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Levy, Marion, Putnam and Suwannee counties. The report is federally required by the Affordable Care Act. The report offers a deeper understanding of the health needs of our region. It informs our efforts to address community needs in actionable ways. We identify and develop efforts to:

  • Address disparities
  • Improve health outcomes
  • Focus on social determinants of health to improve the health and quality of life of community residents

Community health data

The Community Health Needs Assessment Platform provides demographic data on community health and funding opportunities for community health initiatives.