Image: David L. Wood, M.D., M.P.H.
David L. Wood, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director

Jacksonville Health Equity Research Organization's mission is to conduct community-based research in order to improve the quality of care and promote health equity for persons living in Northeast Florida.

JaxHERO provides the foundation for translational and evidence-based research focused on studying and reducing health disparities while building on institutional commitments to the underserved population.

The Jacksonville Health Equity Research Organization objectives are as follows:

  • Create a diverse network, comprising clinicians, patients and community stakeholders that fosters collaborative research
  • Conduct research to reduce health disparities and increase health equity
  • Educate network members, clinical staff, and patients to increase participation in research
  • Disseminate findings to network members, patients and community stakeholders to develop a research agenda and determine future research topics

With primary care centers from the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and the Duval County Health Department, the JaxHERO network provides access to a large number of patients from underserved communities and who experience a disproportionate burden of morbidity from diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and mental illness. More information about the JaxHERO network is available in the Executive Summary Report.

The Jacksonville Health Equity Research Organization enables us to conduct translational research in a wide range of setting, thereby bringing the benefits of medical innovation to our entire community.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

David L. Wood, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Center for Health Equity and Quality Research; Program Director, COM International Medical Education Programs; Medical Director, Jacksonville Health and Transition Services

News & Announcements

Simulations, presentations, awards highlight Medical Education Week


A pregnant woman comes to UF Health Jacksonville, where she undergoes a C-section delivery. The baby is doing well. The same can’... [full story]

Wears presents patient-safety research at national conference in Gainesville


More attention given to shift changes among medical staff can ensure greater patient safety in hospital emergency departments. That’s... [full story]

Qualifications for Principal Investigators of Human Subjects Research


Working with the three UF IRB's (IRB-01, 02, 03), faculty stakeholders, and research deans in affected colleges, the Office of Research... [full story]

Upcoming Events

Jul 24

Emergency Medicine

From 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Jul 25
Jul 26

Childbirth Education Classes

From 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Jul 29

Yoga for Neurology Patients

From 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM

Jul 30

Tai Chi for Neurology Patients

From 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM

Jul 30

Big Step - Smoking Cessation Meeting

From 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM