To Your Health: November 2019
Whitney Young Health's Dr. Zeltner Wins CDPHP's People's Choice Award for Top Primary Care Provider
We are proud to announce that Whitney Young Health's own Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Theodore Zeltner, MD, MBA, has been awarded the People's Choice Award in the Top Primary Care Provider category in CDPHP's Top Doctors Awards. 

Launched this year, the CDPHP Top Doctors Awards were created to honor local physicians who have proven they can provide better, more cost-effective care. The People's Choice Award honors medical professionals who were nominated by patients and peers in five categories. 

Many of Dr. Zeltner's patients have been with him for years or even decades, following him when he moved his practice to Whitney Young Health, so it's no surprise that he was nominated to the Top Primary Care Provider category by a longtime patient, Nancy Kelly, whose daughter began to see Dr. Zelter after a car accident left her permanently disabled.

Congratulations to Dr. Zeltner for receiving this honor which recognizes the depth of his caring, compassion and knowledge.
Kids Helping Kids
Dr. Rhonda Stein, a pediatrician at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center, has passed her love of helping others along to her own kids.

Last month, Dr. Stein's three sons said that they wanted to do something to help kids who are patients at Whitney Young Health (WYH). With their mother's approval, Peter, 10; Kevin, 8 and Robby, 6, planned a book drive to collect new and gently-used children's books to be distributed to young WYH patients.

The boys handed out flyers to let their neighbors know about their collection project, then on a rainy Thursday afternoon, they went door-to-door gathering donations. When they got home and unpacked their haul, they found that their neighbor's generosity resulted in the collection of over 500 books!

Kudos to Dr. Stein and her sons for their empathy and hard work, and for making books available to kids who might otherwise go without.

If you are interested in conducting a book drive for children and teens who are patients at Whitney Young Health, please contact Susan Lovelock at to learn more!
Capital Region Gives 2019
Help Whitney Young Health win $10,000 in Times Union advertising - It's as easy as a click of your mouse or a tap on your screen!

On Thursday, November 14, the Times Union published its annual special section on philanthropy, Capital Region Gives , which focuses on nonprofits and the businesses that support them.

We're happy to announce that Whitney Young Health is among the nonprofits that will compete for one of 10 spots to share $100,000 in granted advertising space in the Times Union!

Winners will be determined by the number of online votes they receive!

  • Go to
  • Click the banner at the top of the page
  • Scroll down to choose Whitney M. Young Health
  • VOTE!!!*
  • Share this link with your friends and families!

*One vote per day, per IP address. (That means if you vote from work and from home, you can vote twice in one day!)

Voting ends December 5th, with the winners announced soon after. Stay tuned for details!

Donate to Whitney Young Health's Book Wish List
Did you know the that over 45% of the patients served at Whitney Young Health are children 18 years and younger? Our goal is to promote literacy with our youngest patients and we need your help to stock our bookshelves with a diverse selection of books! 
Help encourage a child's love for reading by purchasing books on our  Amazon Wish List  that are written by authors of color. These books will be given to our Pediatric patients at their well-child appointments. You can access the list  here .

Please note; however, we are not told who the gift is from unless you choose to include a ‘gift note.’ Please include your name as well as an email address and/or mailing address. If you do, we can send you a thank you and donation receipt. We are VERY appreciative!

Whitney Young Health in the Community
Social Media Safety
Lauren Cagino, a School-Based Behavioral Health Clinician at Whitney Young Health, talked to News Channel 13's Jerry Gretzinger about the pitfalls and positives of social media and kids.
Whitney Young Health's mobile health unit, Whitney on Wheels (WOW ) , recently spent the day at the City School District of Albany's Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center.

Changes to NY State's student vaccination requirements brought WOW to numerous sites throughout October to ensure that all
students have the necessary vaccines to continue to attend school.

L-R: WOW staff Jenna, Kristi, and Jasmine.
Sue Johnson, PrEP Specialist at Whitney Young Health, presented a talk and Q&A session about sexual health to residents of Hospitality House, a substance use treatment center in Albany.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a daily medication that can prevent high-risk HIV-negative people from becoming infected.

Johnson promotes awareness of PrEP to at-risk populations and enrolls people in Whitney Young Health's Community Prevention and Treatment Services (CPTS) program.

Sue Johnson, front right, with Hospitality House staff members.
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