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.
Asthma services are available at the Albany Health Center.
CPTS: Community Prevention & Treatment Services (Hepatitis C and HIV 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. The Community Prevention and Treatment Services (CPTS) department program is funded by a New York State grant.
Walk-in testing hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm at the Albany Health Center.
Hepatitis C Services (Project IMPACT)
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
For more information about walk-in testing, please call 518-591-4507.
HIV Services (Project COOL- Control Over Our Lives)
Project COOL Offers:
- HIV and Hepatitis C testing and PrEP services
- Connections to Primary Care and Behavioral Health services
- Linkage to Licensed Behavioral Health Clinicians
- Peer support services
- Case Management
- At-risk Educational Resources to promote prevention
Project COOL is located at our Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center. For information, please call 518-591-4569.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) now available WYH!
- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill taken daily 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
For additional information, eligibility and requirements for PrEP, please contact our PrEP Specialist at 518-591-4553.
The Dental Department provides full mouth x-rays, prophylaxis (cleaning), fluoride treatment, dental health education, fillings, extractions, partial and full dentures 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.
Dental services are available at the *Albany Dental Practice and the Troy Health Center.
Dental services at our Watervliet Health Center are temporarily suspended during the pandemic.
*PLEASE NOTE: Our Albany Dental Practice is now located at 900 Lark Drive (next door to the Albany Health Center). To make an appointment, please call 518-465-6330.
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 American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management Education, as well as American Association of Diabetes Educators (ADDE) guidelines for the Practice of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training (DSME/T).
If you're interested in controlling your diabetes and want make healthy diet changes in life, diabetes education is available at the Albany, Troy and Watervliet Health Centers.
Whitney Young Health works with College Parkside Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Aureus Specialty Pharmacy to offer prescriptions at reduced costs for current Whitney Young Health patients.
For more information, please 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 books, please contact our Development Office by phone at (518) 591-4772 or by email at email@example.com.
Due to the pandemic, only donations of new books are being accepted at this time.
Family Alcohol and Chemical Treatment Services (FACTS)
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. Whitney Young Health's addictions programs are certified by The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
The FACTS program is located at our Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center at 10 Dewitt Street in Albany. To make an appointment, please call 518-463-3882.
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.
Also, 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 aspects of you - physical, mental, and emotional - are healthy.
Our mental health specialists include licensed master social workers and psychiatrists. We adhere to the strictest confidentiality standards to provide our patients with the peace of mind they desire.
Mental Health services are available at the Albany, Troy and Watervliet Health Centers. For additional information and to make an appointment, please call 518- 591-4892.
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.
Our Methadone Maintenance and Treatment Program (MMTP) is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Obstetrics is pregnancy health care
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 at the Albany Health Center.
An on-site laboratory for routine blood draws is available to current Whitney Young Health patients. The while some of this testing is done by LabCorp, 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
Monday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday through Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
The on-site laboratory is available at the Albany Health Center.
Podiatry (foot and ankle care) 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 services are available 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 Health Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm and Fridays 9:00-11:00am.
Appointments can also be scheduled for this service with our providers at our Albany, Troy and Watervliet Health Centers.
College Parkside Pharmacy at the Albany Health Center
This full-service pharmacy provides convenient, prompt, professional and courteous service, and is open to Whitney Young Health patients and the public.
The pharmacy can be reached at 518-694-8522.
Everyone - 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.
Primary Care services are offered at the Albany, Troy and Watervliet Health Centers as well as the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center.
School-Based Health Care
Whitney Young Health operates school-based health centers in the City School District of Albany at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, Schuyler Achievement Academy and Albany High School for students from Pre-K to 12th grade, and the Watervliet City School District for elementary, junior and high school students.
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 to over 52 schools, daycare centers, and camps throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties.
To help reduce the language barrier in our health care setting, Whitney Young Health provides on-site translation services for our Spanish speaking patients and family members.
To reach a Spanish-speaking translator, please call 518-465-4771 ext. 4488.
Whitney Young Health also uses the Language Line to assist with our other non-English speakers. The Language Line offers translation in more than 400 languages.
Whitney Young Health 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.
Please fill out Whitney Young Health's Travel Immunization Packet here and bring the completed form with you on the day of your appointment.
Travel Immunizations are available at the Albany Health Center. Please call 518-465-4771 to make an appointment.
Veggie Rx is just what it sounds like: a doctor-ordered vegetable prescription!
Since 2011, Whitney Young Health has collaborated with Capital Roots to help patients access fresh, nutritious food. Patients who have chronic health issues, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity are able to meet with Whitney Young Health nutritionists and be connected to the Veggie Rx program.
Patients receive coupons which they can redeem for fresh food on board the Veggie Mobile® and Veggie Mobile® Sprout. With nearly 35 stops across the Capital Region, there is a good chance there is a mobile market stop in a patient's neighborhood.
If you're interested in the Veggie Rx program, please speak to your provider.
Your eyesight is important
Whitney Young Health offers vision services spanning both ophthalmology and optometry for adults and children to help keep eyes of all ages healthy and seeing well.
Vision Services are available at the Albany Health Center.
Whitney on Wheels
Whitney on Wheels services are temporarily suspended as the mobile health unit is being used to administer COVID-19 tests and vaccinations.
Whitney on Wheels (WOW), our mobile health unit, is a medical facility on wheels. WOW offers comprehensive and coordinated primary and preventive health systems, including routine management of chronic illness.
Whitney on Wheels currently visits over a dozen schools and community organizations.
WIC offices are temporarily closed. WIC participants will still receive benefits, which will be issued remotely.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a health and nutrition program for pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to the age of five. WIC participants have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
To learn more about Whitney Young Healh WIC, please call 518-465-9387.