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.
WYH works to alleviate patients’ barriers to accessing care. We provide transportation, translation services, patient education, nutrition, and case management services. In addition, WYH employs culturally diverse clinical and support staff. More than 8% of our patient population reports speaking a language other than English. To assist these patients, WYH provides Spanish and Russian interpreters and utilizes AT&T’s Language Line.