The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Whitney Young Health has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships at both its Albany and Troy sites.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.
The US Department of Health and Human Services awarded Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center a three-year $4.8 million annual operating grant under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. §254b).
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center welcomes four new members to its board of directors. Marlowe S. Cochran is the Information Security Administrator for Siena College. Denard O. Cummings is the Bureau Director for New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Supportive Housing and Partnership for Long-Term Care. In addition to operating her private practice, Glinnesa D. Gailliard, Esq. is Investigative Counsel for the New York State Office of the Inspector General. Nischinth Sadhak is a Senior Branch Manager and Vice President for M&T Bank.
Endometriosis and conditions alike can be devastating and discouraging for the women experiencing it, causing them to miss school, work, or the
opportunity to expand their family. Being informed about the symptoms and effects of endometriosis will help those with the health condition manage it better and it will help the people understand the impacts of the condition. Healthcare providers can provide helpful information, including ways to manage the pain and gain access to treatment, so if you wish to learn more about endometriosis, talk to your provider.
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. It has been found in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands and in a few returning travelers to the United States. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
If you've recently traveled out of the country, please let your provider know immediately.
Have a Healthy Heart and Become Aware in the Month of February!
Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. In addition, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States is heart disease. Heart disease is preventable by healthy lifestyle choices and management of other health conditions.
What can you do to prevent heart disease and reduce your risk?
Around 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed and around 4,100 women will die of cervical cancer in the next year. Furthermore, around 79 million Americans currently have human papillomavirus or HPV. With regular screening and a vaccine, both cervical cancer and HPV can be prevented.
Whitney Young Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Marietta Angelotti, BA, MD as Chief Medical Officer, effective January 11th.
Do You Have the Guts to be #IBDAware?
As the holiday season rolls in, it is important to remember digestive health!
Did you know that WYH is a non-proft organization and that we are able to enhance our patient programs through the help of donations? Contributions made in support of Whitney Young Health provide essential health care and life-changing services to people right here in our own community. Here are some examples of what Whitney Young Health could do with your help: $15 provides a simple oral swab test for HIV
1 in 9 Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease and the disease tends to affect women more than men...
What would you do? One day you go to visit a friend. Your friend has been acting very “different” lately. Your friend used to be very enthusiastic and engaged, but now, your friend seems distant, irritated, and sad, so your goal during this visit is to see if you could cheer up your friend. Unfortunately, when you arrive, you see that your friend’s eyes are very puffy and your friend has a hard time making eye contact with you. Your friend also appears a bit anxious and waves you off when you ask how they have been doing.
Each year, millions of newborns in the U.S. are routinely screened for more than 40 different disorders, including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Cystic fibrosis, Sickle Cell disease, congenital heart disease, and deafness. The no-cost Newborn Screening Program allows health care providers to identify and intervene early enough to prevent serious problems.
If you could have one superpower what would it be? Would you want to be able to fly? Or maybe the power of invisibility? Well, what about the power to be immune from preventable diseases such as the measles, rubella, tetanus, chicken pox, and the seasonal flu? Guess what? We already have this power!