Alcoholism and chemical dependency are diseases that can be treated. If you need to learn more about the disease of addiction and want to know how to spot the signs of a problem in yourself and others, we can help. Whitney Young Health's addictions programs are certified by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. Our Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program is accredited by The Joint Commission.
There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed. We will work with you to develop an asthma action plan, learn your asthma triggers and symptoms, and help you stay as active and healthy as possible. Working with your health care team will help you learn how to best manage your asthma. Whitney Young Health is the lead agency for the Asthma Coalition of the Capital Region (ACCR), a multi-partner effort to decrease asthma morbidity and mortality in neighborhoods throughout the Capital Region.
Community Prevention & Treatment Services
We have credentialed and trained staff ready to serve the needs of patients with infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. We offer testing, medical management, and counseling. Community Prevention & Treatment Services is located at our Albany Health Center.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) now available WYH
- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill taken every day for 30 days that can help prevent HIV infection in people who DO NOT have HIV
- When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, PreP can help stop the virus from establishing a permanent infection.
- When used consistently, PrEP has been shown reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by more than 90%
- It provides you greater protection if used alongside condoms and other preventive methods compared to taking it alone.
- PrEP is covered by most insurance programs, but if you do not have insurance, the PrEP Specialist will navigate the PrEP Medication Assistance Program (MAP) and NY State PrEP-AP Program if you meet the eligibility criteria.
- PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.
Contact Sue Johnson, PrEP Specialist at 465-4771 ext. 4648 for additional information, eligibility and requirements for PrEP.
The Dental Department provides full mouth x-rays, prophylaxis (cleaning), fluoride treatment, dental health education, fillings, extractions, partial and full dentures, limited root canal treatment, and emergency treatment. We can show you the best ways to brush and floss; share information about the best foods to eat and those to avoid for good tooth health; and how to take good care of your teeth, gums and mouth.
Diabetes self-management education and training aims to help people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify their behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Diabetes education at Whitney Young Health is culturally appropriate and seeks to empower our patients to achieve optimal health status, attain a better quality of life, and reduce the need for costly health care.
We follow the guidelines of the ADA’s (American Diabetes Association) National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management Education, as well as AADE’s (American Association of Diabetes Educators) Guidelines for the Practice of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training (DSME/T).
Whitney Young Health works with Price Chopper's HouseCalls Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Aureus Specialty Pharmacy to offer prescriptions at reduced costs for current Whitney Young Health patients. For more information, speak to your provider.
Early Literacy Program
To help children grow up with books and a love of reading, Whitney Young Health provides age appropriate books to children at well-child visits and educates parents about how to read to their children. To donate new or gently used books, contact our Development Office at 518-591-4471.
At Whitney Young Health's Family Alcoholism and Chemical Treatment Services (FACTS) Program, you'll get the support and guidance you need to take control of your life again or get lifesaving information for someone you care about.
Effective July 31, FACTS has relocated from 900 Lark Drive to our Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center at 10 Dewitt Street in Albany.
Whitney Young Health offers integrated HIV testing as part of an individual's preventive care. Walk-in HIV testing hours are Monday through Friday 8am – 2:30pm at our Albany Health Center
For information about walk-in testing, please call (518) 591-4569.
Immigration & Refugee Health
Whitney Young Health would like to help you complete the Immigration or Refugee physical process as easily as possible. Your physical and follow-up consist of three visits, generally over a three week period. These visits are necessary to complete your health assessment and physical, to read the tuberculosis test and to follow-up on laboratory tests and immunizations.
Services are currently only available at the Albany Health Center. Immigration Health, which requires a Civil Surgeon, is available only for children. Refugee Health is available for children and adults.
Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care
Whitney Young Health's patient-centered model addresses all of a patient's needs – medical, dental and behavioral. To better serve clients with substance abuse and mental health issues, Whitney Young Health offers primary care services specifically for clients of MMTP & FACTS and Equinox, Inc. Reversely, our primary care providers ensure that patients identified to have substance or mental health issues are connected to treatment.
Mental Health Services
Your mental and emotional health really do go hand in hand with your physical health; and at Whitney Young Health, we want to make sure all of your parts - physical, mental, and emotional - are healthy. Our mental health specialists include licensed master social workers and psychiatrists. We adhere to the strictest confidentiality to provide our patients with the peace of mind they desire.
Methadone Maintenance Program (MMTP)
Methadone maintenance is a long-term therapeutic intervention for addiction to heroin and other opiates. Methadone is a synthetic narcotic medication that blocks heroin effects and reduces the craving for other narcotics. For a confidential discussion about whether MMTP may be right for you, please call us at 518-463-3882.
MMTP is located at our Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center at 10 Dewitt Street in Albany.
Mobile Dental Program
Our Mobile Dental Program is a supplement to Seal a Smile, providing restorative dental care to the children who need it most. Watch for letters coming home with Seal a Smile participants in participating schools.
Mobile Health Unit
Whitney on Wheels, our mobile health unit, offers comprehensive and coordinated primary and preventive health systems, including routine management of chronic illness.
The mobile health unit also offers:
- Health and nutrition education
- Lab tests to detect illness or infection (i.e. step throat)
- Referrals to services not provided on the unit
Our caring doctors, nurses, and midwives will care for you throughout your pregnancy, teach you about pregnancy care, and talk with you about family planning. Obtaining care early in your pregnancy is important to you and your baby. Call us as soon as you suspect you are pregnant. Obstetrical care is available to our primary care patients.
Obstetrics is available only at the Albany Health Center.
An on-site laboratory for routine blood draws is available to current Whitney Young Health patients. While some testing is done by Whitney Young Health, many specimens are sent out to a full-service laboratory. Please be advised that these lab bills are billed separately, not by Whitney Young Health. You are responsible for payment to the off-site lab providing that service
The on-site laboratory is available at the Albany and Troy Health Centers.
Price Chopper HouseCalls Pharmacy has teamed up with Whitney Young Health to ensure that you receive the convenient, prompt, professional and courteous service you expect from your pharmacy. This is a full-service pharmacy open to Whitney Young Health patients and the public. The pharmacy can be reached at 518-427-0102.
Price Chopper HouseCalls Pharmacy is located in the Albany Health Center.
Podiatry strives to improve the overall health and well-being of patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle. We recognize the impact that certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity may have on your feet and ankles, and we are here to help.
Podiatry is available only at the Albany Health Center.
There are many benefits of early pregnancy care. We encourage women to come in for a pregnancy test as soon as they miss a period. Walk-in pregnancy tests are available at our Albany site on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm and Fridays 9:00-11:00am.
Appointments can also be scheduled with our providers in Albany, Troy and Watervliet.
Men, women and children all benefit from regular, preventative well-care visits with their primary care physicians. From annual check-ups to disease management, Whitney Young Health's team of providers and staff will work with you to help you get healthy and stay healthy. Everyone in your family can choose a provider they feel comfortable with at Whitney Young Health.
We support people with Hepatitis C
Project Impact Offers:
- Connections to primary and specialty medical care
- Ongoing case management
- Mental health and substance abuse care connection
- Understanding treatment options and getting insurance coverage
- Transportation assistance to medical appointments
- Educational resources
- Staying healthy and setting wellness goals
A Community Prevention and Treatment Services (CPTS) department program funded by a New York State grant. For more info, please call (518) 591-4507
School-Based Health Care
Whitney Young Health operates school-based health centers in Albany's Giffen Memorial, Sheridan Prep, and Schuyler Achievement Academy for students from Pre-K to 6th grade.
We offer comprehensive physical exams, immunizations, counseling, and more to help keep your child healthy and motivated to learn.
Seal a Smile
Seal a Smile provides dental hygienist services including dental screenings, fluoride treatments, cleanings, and more. Services are offered at schools, daycare centers, and camps throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties.
To help reduce the language barrier in our health care setting, Whitney Young Health employs on-site translation services for our Spanish-speaking patients and family members (518-465-4771 extension 4488). In addition, Whitney Young uses a Language Line to assist with our other non-English speakers. The Language Line offers translation in more than 400 languages.
Whitney Young is one of the largest providers of travel immunizations in the Capital Region. If you are planning a trip abroad for vacation, work or school, we are here to help. You should schedule your travel immunizations at least 4-6 weeks before your trip, especially if you will need a series of injections. Be aware that it takes about two full weeks for full immunity (protection from disease) to develop.
Travel Immunizations are available only at the Albany Health Center.
Whitney Young Health offers vision services spanning both ophthalmology and optometry for adults and children.
Vision Services are available only at the Albany Health Center.