Transforming the conditions where people are born, live, learn, work and age.

The Urban Health Alliance (UHA) is a comprehensive resource center and community health innovation hub that serves to organize a comprehensive alliance of organizations and individuals. We work purposely to improve the health for every resident in the Jacksonville community using community-initiated, self-sustained and solutions. Our mission is to improve the health of all people in Jacksonville through a multisector, social determinants focused, evidence-based approach to the health and well-being of people particularly the most vulnerable.


Ann-Marie A Knight, MHA, FACHE
Vice President, Community Engagement & Chief Diversity Officer, UF Health Jacksonville

Paula Bides, MPA
Director, Community Engagement

Lori Bilello, Ph.D., M.B.A, M.H.S
Co-Director, Center for Health Equity and Engagement Research


  • To improve local community health using community-initiated, self-sustainable strategies and solutions
  • To use non-traditional models and collaboration strategies to address problems unique to Jacksonville
  • To impact social determinants of health (SDOH) that affect health outcomes of Jacksonville residents across their life spans
  • To incorporate best practices in population health


Our vision is to help residents achieve their full potential for optimal health and well-being.

Areas of Focus


Provide education and training opportunities in our community for individuals of all ages.


Conduct and provide support for innovative research to improve health equity outcomes in our community.


Identify and implement programs to address social determinants of health (SDOH) and reduce health disparities.


Provide empirical evidence to inform, create and modify policies affecting population health.