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Resources in the Community

Discover health programs, support groups, classes and more

Patient Programs

These programs provide support for patients in our hospitals and clinics.

  1. Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program

    Addresses the compelling and unique medical and psychosocial needs of our adolescent and young adult patients — from diagnosis to survivorship.

  2. Adult Cancer Survivorship Program

    Improves health and quality of life for long-term cancer survivors.

  3. Arts in Medicine Hospital Programs

    Programs designed to expand healing possibilities in the hospital setting.

  4. Arts in Medicine Integrative Therapies

    Provides supportive care for select adult and pediatric patients through meditation, relaxation, yoga, tai chi, qigong and massage therapy sessions.

  5. Cancer Programs

    Cancer is a journey, and at the UF Health Cancer Center, you will not face it alone.

  6. Child Life Program

    Helps children and families cope with the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

  7. Give to Child Life Program

    Gift donations for kids who have to stay in the hospital. Items are used in pediatric areas throughout the hospital.

  8. Hereditary Cancer Program

    Helps patients and their families determine if they are at an increased genetic risk to develop cancer.

  9. Integrative Medicine

    Dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and well-being in all aspects of life.

  10. Literary Arts in the Clinical Setting

    Research shows that writing helps the healing process, so health care settings are an ideal place to utilize the literary arts.

  11. Music in the Clinical Setting

    Offers a wide variety of music-based therapies from in-room performances to collaborative recording sessions.

  12. Pain Management - Cancer

    Pain management treatment plans for cancer patients.

  13. Pediatric Social Workers

    Offer counseling, planning and other assistance to all pediatric patients.

  14. Preparing Your Child for Hospital Procedures

    Designed to help you and your child prepare for common hospital procedures.

  15. Social Workers for Cancer Patients

    Can assist you through the treatment process in a number of practical and supportive ways.

  16. Streetlight

    Peer companionship for adolescents and young adults living with serious illness.

  17. UF Health Senior Medical-Legal Partnership

    Teams health care providers with free legal assistance to solve legal problems that may be impeding your recovery.

  18. UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine

    Harnessing the transformative power of the arts for health.

  19. UF Health Shands HomeCare

    Comprehensive home health and personal care agency devoted to helping you maintain an independent lifestyle.

  20. UF Health supportive oncology program

    The supportive oncology program combines integrative medicine and palliative supportive care with oncology to offer a holistic approach to cancer care.

  21. Visual Art in the Clinical Setting

    Brings the creative arts to patients and families through painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and crafts.

Community Programs

These programs provide support and care to patients in their neighborhoods and communities.

  1. Al'z Place

    Provides adult day care for people age 18+ with Alzheimer’s disease or severe memory impairment

  2. Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN)

    Provides comprehensive oral health services for individuals and families of rural North Central Florida, regardless of ability to pay.

  3. Animals Heal Hearts

    UF Health offers a pet therapy program where volunteers bring their own dogs into the hospital to visit patients. Participating dogs have been approved by Volunteer Services and are well-behaved, healthy, vaccinated and clean.

  4. Arts in Medicine Community Programs

    Provides classes and activities in music, dance and visual arts to help with health and well-being.

  5. Arts in Medicine Dance for Life

    Designed to help people with a diagnosis of MS, Parkinson’s disease (PD), or other similar neurological movement disorders improve physical well-being, social interaction and creative expression.

  6. Bereavement Support Groups

    Community Hospice & Palliative Care support groups are led by our bereavement professionals and create a safe and comfortable environment where you can bond with others who are grieving.

  7. Caring Bridge

    A tool for patients and families to communicate and “share their story” with others. Sometimes it is challenging to keep others informed of what is happening to you or your loved one with their illness.

  8. Center for Musculoskeletal Pain Research - Patient Resources

    Helps individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain understand why they feel so much pain, and seeks ways to improve their lives.

  9. College of Dentistry Off Campus Clinics

    Many of the College of Dentistry off-campus Clinics provide reduced-fee oral health services to low-income and low-access populations throughout the state of Florida.

  10. Community Medical Care Center

    This non-profit clinic offers primary medical and dental care to qualified uninsured and medically indigent in Central Florida.

  11. Criser Cancer Resource Center

    Interdisciplinary facility that helps support the diverse needs of individuals and families.

  12. Dance for Lifelong Health

    Dance classes designed for participants over 60 with the focus on fun, fitness and creativity.

  13. ElderCare of Alachua County

    Advocates and provides services for seniors in Alachua County and North Central Florida.

  14. Employment Resources for Adults with Autism

    Tools help discover your career goals, values and strengths.

  15. Encore Dancers Workshop

    Provides mature dancers with an opportunity to continue their practice in an adult-friendly environment.

  16. Equal Access Clinic - Eye Clinic

  17. Equal Access Clinic - Gynecology Night

  18. Equal Access Clinic - Noche Española

    Ofrecemos servicios de cuidados primarios gratis en un medio ambiente seguro y privado con médicos y estudiantes de medicina hispanohablantes.

  19. Equal Access Clinic - Occupational Therapy Clinic

  20. Equal Access Clinic - Pediatric Night

  21. Equal Access Clinic - Physical Therapy Clinic

  22. Equal Access Clinic - Physical Therapy Clinic

  23. Equal Access Clinic - Psychiatry Clinic Night

  24. Equal Access Clinic - Social Work

  25. Equal Access Clinic -Free Therapy Night

  26. Equal Access Clinic Network

    Provides care for medically underserved within the community.

  27. Equal Access Clinics - Primary Care

  28. FAVI Deaf-Blind Collaborative

    Provides training and consults with the families and educational teams of Florida’s children and young adults (ages 0-22) with concurrent hearing loss and vision loss.

  29. Fear Facers Summer Camp

    Summer camp for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or anxiety.

  30. FindHelp

    Provides links to support organizations based on zip code. Financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help.

  31. Florida Outreach Project for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind

    The Florida Outreach Project for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind is committed to promoting educational practice that leads to the full participation of people who are deaf-blind as active members of the community.

  32. HealthStreet

    Helps bridge the gap between community members and resources available to them, including health screenings, classes and other services.

  33. Helping Hands Clinic

    Seeks to improve the physical and mental well-being of the homeless and poor. We deliver comprehensive health care, help health care providers achieve greater empathy and engage the community in meaningful contribution.

  34. Interdisciplinary Family Health Program

    Students from the colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health and Health Professions are assigned to families to assess health needs by making home visits, gathering health data and developing a "prevention prescription."

  35. Meals on Wheels

    Home-delivered meals for home-bound seniors.

  36. Medical Fitness Step Down Program

    This program benefits those who have just completed rehabilitative therapy, have an on-going medical condition or have been referred by their physicians to begin a supervised fitness/wellness program.

  37. No One Dies Alone (NODA)

    No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion to dying patients.

  38. PALS Thrive

    Provides peer support and therapeutic intervention to troubled students and enhances leadership skills for teen leaders.

  39. Personal Pet Visitation

    Enables long-term patients to receive their pets as visitors.

  40. Project CONTINUITY

    Helps individuals access high-quality cancer screening, prevention and treatment services.

  41. Senior Center Calendar

    Find fun and engaging activities at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center.

  42. Speakers Resource Program

    Free community education service that provides educational programs presented by UF Health professionals.

  43. Student Health Care Center Nutrition Services

    Nutrition guidance in a respectful, non-judgmental and caring environment.

  44. Summer Health Professions Education Program

    Free summer enrichment program for college students interested in the health professions.

  45. Take Charge of Your Diabetes

    In-depth Extension-based, collaborative diabetes self-management education (DSME) program targeted to adults with Type 2 diabetes.

  46. The Thriving Kind

    Aims to create community, connection and self-nurturance through gentle mindful movement and art-making.

  47. Tobacco Free

    For health and safety, all UF Health facilities and grounds are smoke free.

  48. UF Autism Support and Social Groups

    Inclusive, accessible events for people with autism and their supporters.

  49. UF Health at Work Program

    Provides convenient health promotion services by offering members reliable health information, education and preventative screenings at their work sites or other convenient locations.

  50. UF Mobile Outreach Clinic

    Provides primary medical care services at no cost to the patient.

  51. UF Smoking Cessation Programs

    Free classes to help you quit smoking.

  52. Understanding Grief Program

    The program shows how healing is possible after the death of a loved one. The one-hour long presentation will help attendees recognize normal responses to loss, identify helpful coping skills and understand the importance of self-care.

  53. University of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

    Provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.

  54. University of Florida Multidisciplinary Diagnostic and Training Program

    Provides a range of services: diagnostic evaluation and consultation for children and youth who have complex medical, educational, emotional and/or behavioral problems.

  55. Volunteering

  56. Volunteering with Child LIfe

Support Groups

Small groups for patients and caregivers experiencing the same health issues.

  1. Adult Lung Transplant Support Group

    Open to patients with advanced lung disease, listed patients awaiting transplant and transplanted patients, as well as caregivers.

  2. All for ONE Mentoring Program

    Pairs UF college students who have Type 1 diabetes as mentors with teens who also have Type 1 diabetes.

  3. Bariatric Support Group

    A support group designed to assist in the lifetime journey of post-surgery weight loss.

  4. Brain and Spinal Tumors Support Group

    This group meets at HealthStreet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4pm.

  5. Cancer Connections

    An educational and networking event that brings together cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and health care professionals.

  6. Centering Pregnancy – Group Prenatal Care

    Patient-focused discussion of birth and newborn care as well as overall health and stress management.

  7. Gainesville Crohn's and Colitis Support Group

    Support group made up of patients, family and friends of people who have IBD.

  8. Gator Amps Support Group

    A support group for amputees who support one another, learn from each other and share stories and tips.

  9. Laryngectomy Support Group

    The Laryngectomy Club helps patients with laryngectomy and their family, caregivers and friends better understand life after laryngectomy. For more information, call 352-273-5871 or email

  10. Liver Support Group

    This support group provides education and psychosocial support for patients who have liver disease or are awaiting liver transplants and who have been transplanted. Call (352) 265-0754 for the next scheduled meeting of the support group.

  11. Mended Little Hearts

    Provides hope and support to families of children with congenital heart disorders.

  12. NICU Support Group - Sponsored by the March of Dimes

    Support and community for families with NICU history.

  13. Pastoral Services for Palliative Care

    Seeks to provide support for patients and their family members through spiritual counseling and active listening.

  14. Spinal Cord Injury Social Networking Group

    Members can share experiences and learn new ways to connect with others who have had similar injuries.

  15. Students with Diabetes at the University of Florida

    Resources for college students with diabetes.

  16. The Children’s Miracle Network

    Helps increase funds and awareness for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

  17. The Life After Stroke Support Group

    The Life After Stroke Support Group, or LASSG, meets every Thursday from 3:30–5 p.m. at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center. This group welcomes anyone who has had a stroke, as well as family, friends and care providers.

  18. The Ronald McDonald House

    Provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities.

  19. Title Town Type 1 Online Support Group

    A support group for patients in the Gainesville area who have Type 1 diabetes and their parents, spouses, or loved ones. The group is currently meeting online; you will need to sign up for Google Groups to become a member.

  20. UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Support Groups

    Time for caregivers to relax, talk and share about our children and experiences.

  21. UF Health Shands Brain Injury Support Group

    Meets every month on the 4th Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital.

  22. UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital Aphasia Book Club

    Meetings every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital. This support group is open to the public but space is limited.

  23. UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital Stroke Support Group

    Meets every Thursday from 3:30–5 p.m. at ElderCare of Alachua County’s Senior Recreation Center. This group welcomes anyone who has had a stroke, as well as family, friends and care providers. For more information, call (352) 627-0154.

  24. UF Health Shands Rehab Young Adult Support Group

    This support group provides a relaxed environment allowing young people and adolescents with medical illnesses or injuries to interact with others their age who have gone through similar situations.

  25. UF Student IBD Support System

    Support system for those students with inflammatory bowel disease.

  26. Visual Supports for Children with Autism

    Helps children who do not have conventional communication systems to become more able communication partners.

Seminars and Classes

Health education and hands-on training to manage your health needs.

  1. Breastfeeding class

    Provides important information about the basics of breastfeeding.

  2. Cancer Education Wellness Series

    Promotes health and quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

  3. Childbirth and newborn education

    Helps prepare expectant parents for labor, birth, the post-partum period and caring for the newborn.

  4. Equal Access Clinic - Diabetes Education Classes

  5. Equal Access Clinic - Tobacco Cessation Classes

  6. Senior recreation center classes

    Classes and seminars that are available for seniors.

  7. Smoking cessation

    UF offers free in-person and online classes to help you quit tobacco. We also provide nicotine replacement products to help you quit all forms of tobacco. Call (352) 273-5224 to sign up.

  8. UF Autism Seminars and Events

    Accessible events that help people with autism live lives of full engagement.

  9. UF Health Fixel Institute Parkinson's Symposiums

    Educational presentations on living with and treating Parkinson's disease.

  10. UF Health Wellness University

    Offers classes, programs, groups, activities, resources and health fairs throughout Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages communities.

  11. Wellness & Mindful Movement

    Guided meditation and gentle yoga classes for weekly wellness updates.

Community Partners

Organizations providing health care support in your neighborhood.

  1. Alachua County Senior Recreation Center

    Dedicated to improving the lives of Alachua County's senior citizens.

  2. Camp Boggy Creek

    Children with serious illnesses can enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically sound environment.