To Your Health
September 2020
Troy Health Center Reopens and Routine Dental Services Resume After Hiatus
Whitney Young Health is pleased to announce that our Troy Health Center has reopened for routine medical and dental appointments.

The Troy Health Center, located at 849 2nd Avenue, Troy, NY in the Riverside Plaza, had been closed temporarily in order to conserve and consolidate resources during the pandemic.
We are also happy to announce that routine dental services such as checkups and cleanings, have resumed at our Albany Dental Center at 900 Lark Drive.

We look forward to seeing our patients!!
Albany Dental 900 Lark Dr.
The 900 Lark Drive Dental Services building is now open for routine and emergency dental care.

To schedule a medical appointment, please call (518) 465-4771.

For a dental appointment, please call (518) 465-6330
Dentist Dr. Drzymalski demonstrates the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by all WYH dentists and hygienists.
Whitney Young Health's Dr. Wonu Abiona: Panelist at National Conference
We are proud to announce that Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist Dr. Olawonuola (Wonu) Abiona was a panelist at the virtual Community Health Institute (CHI) held by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) on August 31.

Dr. Abiona discussed Whitney Young Health and College Parkside Pharmacy's collaboration on an innovative hypertension control program at the CHI session, "Innovations and New Care Models to Support Chronic Disease Patients".

The program, which ran for several months last year, was funded through a grant from Million Hearts.* Hypertension patients in the program attended monthly blood pressure clinics where they learned how to manage their condition effectively, had their blood pressures checked and were loaned a blood pressure cuff to continue their monitoring at home. 

Patients were monitored closely by the collaborative team, including Dr. Abiona as clinical pharmacist, as well as pharmacy interns and technicians. Patients were followed every two weeks after their initial visit by the clinical pharmacist and nurses, who worked alongside the patient's providers to ensure that their blood pressures were improving and make medication changes as needed. 

The grant program has now ended and blood pressure clinics are no longer held at the pharmacy at this time. However, the model of care with close, collaborative follow-up and monitoring of hypertensive patients was so successful that it has now become permanent, and WYH and the College Parkside Pharmacy are working on expanding the program to diabetic patients and incorporating necessary modifications for COVID-19 safety.

*A national initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes within 5 years. 
Whitney Young Health Community COVID-19 Testing
Did you know that Whitney Young Health offers Community COVID-19 testing? (Offered by appointment only.)

To schedule a test, please call 518-465-4771 for a pre-screening, (including medical history), appointment, and to receive a PIN number to bring to your appointment. 

To learn more about who should be tested, and to see the testing times and locations, please click HERE.

  • Please have your insurance information available when you call.
  • Tests are by appointment only, no walk-ins.
  • You do not need to be a Whitney Young Health patient to get tested.
Save the Date!
Our annual Legacy Event is going virtual! 
Join us online at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14th.

The Legacy Event recognizes and honors community partners and friends who are making a difference in your community by advancing Whitney Young Health's mission of providing quality medical, dental and behavioral health care to the medically under-served in the Capital Region, regardless of income.

Although we will not be hosting an in-person gathering this year, our Virtual Legacy Event promises to be a fun and entertaining evening with awards, a silent auction, a virtual wine pull, and even the option to order food for pickup on the night of the event!

All funds raised benefit the individuals and families in need who rely on Whitney Young Health for their healthcare needs – now more than ever in this time of uncertainty.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Legacy Event!

For more information on the Legacy Event, including purchasing tickets, donating items for our silent auction or wine pull, or becoming an event sponsor, please call
(518) 591-4472 or email
Whitney Young Health in the Community
WYH at North Albany Food Distribution Event
On August 27, Catholic Charities Mobile Outreach Vehicle Extension, (CC MOVE), in partnership with a number of local organizations including Whitney Young Health, The Regional Food Bank, and North Albany Homes Concerned Tenants among others, held the "Our Beloved Community Mass Food Distribution" event in North Albany at 833 Broadway.

The event, designed to focus attention and resources on the highest-impacted healthcare disparity zones and census tracts in the Capital Region, offered food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to anyone who needed it.

Staff from WYH's WIC and Community Prevention and Treatment Program (CPTS) helped to unload, package and distribute the items to those attending, and also placed flyers about our services in each of the packages.

Silvia (WIC) talked with people who arrived in cars to determine how much food each person or family would need.
Sue (CPTS) helped with packaging up items into boxes and bags that were distributed.
Dan, also of the CPTS program, places vegetables into food packages.
National Health Center Week
National Health Center Week (NHCW), which was held from August 9th – 15th this year, is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness of the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

As part of WYH's outreach during NHCW, School Based Health Center staff held a vaccine clinic aboard Whitney on Wheels for students in the City of Albany School District.

The clinic, held at the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center in Albany, was part of an effort to get students caught up on the routine vaccinations needed to attend school.

Many students have missed necessary vaccines because of appointments that were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of National Health Center Week, Friday, August 14 was Health Center Staff Appreciation Day.

To recognize the efforts of our staff through the stressful and ever-changing days of the pandemic, the Mr. Ding-a-Ling ice cream truck visited each WYH location to give everyone the chance to take a break and enjoy a sweet frozen treat on us!

Top: Whitney on Wheels staff take a break at the flu shot clinic.
Left: A staff member grabs an ice cream at the Albany Health Center.
Right: Employees in Watervliet take a break to enjoy frozen treats.
Face Masks Donated by APAPA
In July, an intern at the Albany chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) reached out to Whitney Young Health to donate 1,000 face masks as part of a public service project.

On August 7, the masks were delivered to our Albany Health Center at 920 Lark Drive, where they were gratefully received by WYH staff.

APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization founded in 2001 with the primary mission of empowering Asian Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development.

A big THANK YOU goes out to APAPA for their generous donation!
Admin/IT professional Shirley (left) and WYH CEO and President David Shippee (right) stand with APAPA members who delivered several baskets full of face masks to be used by our staff.
Now more than ever...
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused so many changes and disruptions to daily life for everyone, but for people served by Whitney Young Health, these changes can cause an already precarious situation to become a crisis.

Stay-at-home orders, children out of school, and temporary or permanent job loss have created crises in child care, food insecurity, loss of insurance coverage, and constant levels of stress which often worsen both physical and mental health issues as well as substance use issues.

At Whitney Young Health, the people we serve come to us for consistent quality medical, dental and behavioral health care, provided regardless of income. In order to continue to provide our services during this time of heightened need, we need your help.

All funds raised directly benefit our patients and their families, ensuring that children receive necessary check-ups and vaccinations, that individuals with substance use can continue their maintenance and recovery process, and that people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure - disorders that disproportionately affect people of color - can receive the regular care needed to stay healthy.
COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 has caused temporary changes to our services and procedures.

To learn more, please click the button to the right.
Updates will be posted regularly on the COVID-19 page on our website, so please check in frequently.
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