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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. “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,” he said.

The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, Inc. opened on July 19, 1971 with clinical facilities at the corner of Ten Broeck Street and Livingston Avenue under the direction of Albany Medical College and the newly formed Northside Health Center Advisory Council.  “The neighborhood participation was astounding from the beginning,” said Doris Bedell, the Council’s first chairperson.  “People that normally did not attend community meetings came: young women with children, the elderly.  It was apparent from the beginning that the community felt the need for the center.” In 1974, the center moved to its current Albany site at 920 Lark Drive, and in 1978, control of the center was transferred to a consumer-dominated board of directors. 

Over the past four decades, the center has expanded its sites and services to offer residents in the Capital Region comprehensive, quality health care without regard to income.  Its patient population has grown from 2,700 in 1973 to nearly 20,000 in recent years. It continues to operate under the governance of a consumer-dominated board of directors and the leadership of a professional senior management team.


Sister Gail Warring
Antoine Harrison
Carol Hausamann
Marlowe Cochran

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