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Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center’s mission is to provide access to consistent quality healthcare without regard to income. Our vision is to be a community leader, committed to delivering dependable, compassionate, high quality health care that enhances the well-being of our diverse and changing communities. By partnering with our patients, drawing on our expertise and collaborating with other community resources, we will promote and support our patients’ efforts to achieve optimal health goals.


Our health center was named in honor of Whitney Moore Young, Jr., executive director of the National Urban League from 1961 until his untimely death in 1971. Using the Urban League as a platform, Mr. Young worked to put an end to segregation and discrimination. He persistently worked within the system to change attitudes, practices and to promote greater cultural sensitivity. His goal was for African Americans to gain access to good jobs, education, housing, health care, and social services.

“You are the one that suffers if this community becomes poorer. If people become tax eaters rather than tax producers, if people produce crime and welfare costs instead of producing goods and services, you pay the costs,”

The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center (WYH) was established in 1971 to provide access to consistent quality healthcare without regard to income. Today, WYH offers primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to over 19,000 men, women and children at sites throughout our region. We operate health centers in Albany, Troy and Watervliet. Our school-based health centers provide medical care in three of the City of Albany’s elementary schools.  Our mobile health unit provides medical care at schools, public housing and community centers in Albany and Rensselaer counties. Through a collaborative with the Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI), WYH delivers preventative dental care at schools throughout our community and has recently added on-site restorative care at a limited number of schools.


Sister Gail Warring
Antoine Harrison
Carol Hausamann
Marlowe Cochran

Full Leadership Team