About Us

“Connecting Patients to Compassionate Care”

Mission & Vision

MISSION:

To improve healthcare access by developing and coordinating a community-wide network of medical volunteers and donated healthcare services to compassionately care for the uninsured and underserved.

VISION:

To increase the number of patients served through the health care safety net network by increasing the number of volunteer specialists providing donated services; to support the local free and charitable clinics and federally qualified health care center in expanding access to care; and to become a leader in community health safety net innovation by delivering high impact programs with measurable outcomes.

WHY IS WECAREJAX NEEDED?

More than 16% of Duval County residents between the ages of 19 and 64 do not have health insurance. They work hard in one or more low-paying jobs with no health benefits. Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the need for better access to health care services remains. Many simply can’t afford insurance and still afford other basic items such as food, clothing, and housing.  Without Medicaid expansion in Florida these individuals often face life-threatening health issues with nowhere to turn. WeCare remains committed to matching patients in need with caring volunteer providers and to developing innovative programs that improve health care access in our community.

WHAT DOES WECAREJAX DO?

  • Develops and maintains physician, hospital, and other provider networks
  • Determines and monitors client eligibility 
  • Provides care coordination services throughout the referral and treatment process
  • Tracks and reports “Charity Claims” submitted by partners
  • Directs patients to community-based resources that can help them address chronic health conditions

Our Story

In 1993, We Care Jacksonville, Inc. was organized as a collaborative effort by George S. Trotter, MD, the Duval County Medical Society, Duval County Health Department, local churches, hospitals, and community organizations with the goal of providing donated health care to low-income, uninsured persons at or below 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines. As a result, a community partnership of health care professionals, community volunteers, and health systems was established. This partnership and creation of a strong primary care network resulted in donated time, skills and services to those in need of proper medical attention.

With increased access to primary care came a need for specialty services as well. Noticing this gap in services, WeCareJax honed in and built a network of specialty care to include services such as diagnostics, consultations, and treatments.

Today, with a network of over 500 primary and specialty volunteer providers, partnerships with the six major health systems in Duval County, collaboration with a network of 12  local clinics, and of course community support, WeCareJax continues to thrive. With 25 years behind us and many more to go, we look forward to strengthening our legacy and continuing  to “Connect Patients to Compassionate Care.”

Patient Demographics

Gender

  • Male %
  • Female %

Age

  • 19-29 %
  • 30-64 %
  • 65+ %

Ethnicity

  • African American %
  • Asian Pacific %
  • Caucasian %
  • Hispanic %
  • Native American %
  • Other