To Your Health
January 2022
A New Year Brings "Open Access Scheduling"
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Whitney Young Health is excited to introduce a new system for scheduling our patients' primary care appointments. Open Access Scheduling offers patients the ability to receive an appointment with their primary care provider or primary care team within one to three days from the day they call.

To learn more about Open Access Scheduling, click HERE.
"Here for You" Campaign
If you've driven or taken public transportation in the Albany area over the past few months, you may have seen ads for Whitney Young Health (WYH). The ads, which appear on billboards, buses and bus shelters are part of the Here for You ad campaign, featuring WYH providers, staff and patients.

The campaign is designed to let the public know that we are here for everyone, providing a wide range of services and programs to anyone, at any income level.

The Here for You campaign, which also features radio ads, assures patients - and prospective patients - that WYH has been providing quality primary care, dental and behavioral health services for 50 years, and that we have continued to deliver our services safely and courteously throughout the pandemic.

If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appointment or become a new patient at Whitney Young Health, please call (518) 465-4771.
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2020 Annual Report
Take a look back at our financials and other numbers for 2020 by clicking on the Annual Report graphic on the right.
All Around Whitney
2021 in Review
Breaking Ground
On July 21, 2021, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the Swinburne Building, a new, mixed-use complex on Central Avenue in Albany.

The building, a joint venture between Regan Development and Equinox, Inc. features 74 apartments at affordable rates and market rates, plus 20 supportive-living units for families and individuals with special needs. The first floor will feature the new Whitney Young Health Primary Care site.

Click HERE to read more about the Swinburne Building.
Vaccinating Kids 5 and Up
When the COVID-19 vaccine became authorized for use in children ages 5 and up, Whitney Young Health's vaccine team set up clinics at the Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School for kids in that age range.

Parents and guardians, relieved to at last have the vaccine available to their younger children, brought kids from all over the school district for their first and second doses. Additionally, some of the parents/guardians received their booster shots at these clinics, completing vaccine protection for themselves and their children.
Seal a Smile
The Seal a Smile (SAS) program returned during the summer of 2021 after a long hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Seal a Smile, established as a joint program by Healthy Capital District (HCD) with the medical and administrative oversight of Whitney Young Health, provides preventive dental services such as screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants for children in over 52 schools, daycare centers, camps and other community organizations throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties.

Above: A little girl sits down for an SAS dental checkup and cleaning aboard the Whitney on Wheels mobile health unit at the Marillac Shelter in August 2021.
Coats for Kids
When cold weather returns each fall, many kids are left without warm winter coats.

Coats for Kids, a collaborative program by MVP Healthcare, WTEN ABC10, WXXA Fox23, and the National Cleaners Association aims to deliver as many coats as possible to kids in need throughout the Capital Region.

As in previous years, Whitney Young Health has partnered with Coats for Kids to make sure that our young patients receive brand-new, well-fitting coats, hats and mittens.

Above: Silvia of WYH's WIC program delivers coats to a family in December 2021.
2021 Legacy Event
After being held virtually in 2020, our Legacy Event returned as a hybrid event on October 6, 2021, hosted by Spectrum News 9 Anchorman Dan Bazile.

To celebrate Whitney Young Health's 50th Anniversary, the Albany Capital Center was selected as the venue, with the program being livestreamed for those who could not attend in person.

Maria College was honored with the Community Partner Award in recognition of their partnership with WYH, sending nursing students to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine at numerous community vaccination sites. The collaboration helped WYH meet the high demand for vaccines, while offering the students real-world clinic experience in their field.

The award was accepted by Latasha Powell, a WYH Nurse Practitioner as well as a Nursing School instructor at Maria College, who was instrumental in establishing the partnership.

To watch the Legacy Event livestream, click here.
Top right: Latasha Powell (center), with Maria College officials, holds the Community Partner Award.

Above: Event host Dan Bazile, left, stands with WYH President & CEO who is holding a NY State Assembly Citation, presented by Assemblymember John McDonald, right.
AOW Holiday Family program spreads joy
AOW Associates, Inc., a general construction company based in Albany, sponsored two WYH families during the holiday season, fulfilling the wish lists of all members of each of the two households.

Above: Angelica shows off the gifts delivered for herself, her husband and their three young boys.
WIC and BackPack Heroes
BackPack Heroes, a program sponsored by Fidelis Care and WRGB CBS 6, puts together backpacks full of healthy foods donated by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, and distributed to kids at local schools.

Above: Shamar and Matt, nutritionists with WYH's WIC program went to the Regional Food Bank to demonstrate recipes that can be made with ingredients in the backpacks.
We're hiring!
Be a part of the meaningful work we do at Whitney Young Health - Join our team!

It takes a village, and a variety of skills, to provide quality care to a growing community. Consider contributing your talents to our mission.

Learn more about our employment opportunities online at, or call our Talent Acquisition Specialist, Olivia Fagan at (518) 591-4565.
Providing Care
As 2022 begins, and we head into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world around us continues to bring new challenges and changes on a regular basis.

One thing that remains constant, however, is Whitney Young Health's commitment to providing our patients with access to quality healthcare regardless of income or insurance status.

The past two years have been among the most challenging of WYH's 50 years in existence, with our staff finding ways to continue to provide services under extraordinary and ever-changing circumstances.

Your donation to Whitney Young Health helps to ensure that our patients have continued access to the care they need. From annual physicals or routine dental cleanings, to maintenance of chronic conditions like diabetes or depression, to visits for illness or injuries, your support helps us take care of our patients medical, dental and behavioral health needs.

Thank you for supporting Whitney Young Health in our mission to provide quality healthcare to some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in our community.
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