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.
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 20,000 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 School District of Albany’s elementary schools as well as the Watervliet City School District. Our mobile health unit, Whitney on Wheels, provides medical care at schools, public housing and community centers in Albany and Rensselaer counties. Through a collaborative dental program with the Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI), Seal a Smile delivers preventative dental care at schools throughout our community and has recently added on-site restorative care to over 52 schools.
Whitney Young Health works to alleviate barriers accessing care and augment its primary care services by providing transportation, translation, patient education, nutrition and case management services as well as by employing culturally diverse clinical and support staff. More than 8% of the diverse patient population reports a language other than English best serves them. To assist these patients, WYH employs Spanish and Russian interpreters and utilizes AT&T’s Language Line.