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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.

It was Whitney M. Young's lifelong commitment to racial justice, social equality and his work to level the playing field for disenfranchised African Americans that led the founders of Whitney Young Health to name the organization after this extraordinary man.

“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,”

-Whitney M. Young





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 and at Albany High School, 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.




Sister Gail Waring
Antoine Harrison
Carol Hausamann
Marlowe Cochran

Full Leadership Team