Jacksonville, FL (March 29, 2017) – The Duval County Medical Society and DCMS Foundation are launching the inaugural Future of Healthcare Conference onMay 22-23, 2017. This conference will bring together medical professionals and community members to tackle the major healthcare issues impacting Duval County. The program is designed for conference participants to reach group consensus on areas of public policy change for healthcare issues.
“We’re all in this together,” said Bryan Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of the Duval County Medical Society and DCMS Foundation. “All of Duval County needs to come together and not duplicate efforts to fix the problem. We believe the Future of Healthcare Conference can bring all of the necessary stakeholders in Northeast Florida to the table.”
The Future of Healthcare Conference was initiated by the Duval County Medical Society Board of Directors after the 2016 county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed Duval County to be 48thhealthiest county in Florida. Since then, Duval County has fallen even further in those rankings, now ranking 55thof 67 Florida counties.
“This conference will focus on some of the region’s biggest areas of concern including healthcare disparities, food deserts, infant mortality, obesity, physical inactivity, poor mental wellness and how each of these affect our region’s health,” said Dr. Sunil Joshi, DCMS Foundation President. “We must stop complaining about our health outcomes and start making a positive impact. There is no better group to lead that effort than healthcare professionals and community members in Duval County.”
The Future of Healthcare Conference will take place at the University of North Florida’s University Center. Featured speakers include Lenny Curry, Jacksonville Mayor, Dr. Celeste Philip, Florida Surgeon General, Aaron Bean, Florida Senator, Lori Boyer, Jacksonville City Council President, Dr. David Barbe, American Medical Association President-Elect, Dr. David Becker, Florida Medical Association President, Dr. Kelli Wells, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, and more.
A variety of stakeholders are already registered to participate in the conference including representatives from Baptist Health, Mayo Clinic, UF Health, Visit Jacksonville, JEA, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, the Sulzbacher Center, Museum of Science and History, We Care Jacksonville, the Timucuan Parks Foundation, and others.
To learn more about the conference, visit dcmsonline.org/FutureofHealthcare.
Bryan Campbell, CEO of the Duval County Medical Society -(904) 626-2915
Sunil Joshi, President of the DCMS Foundation -(904) 708-2673