Lawrence Young grew up with a passion for health and health equity. At an early age, he became passionate about improving the health of underserved communities which led to work experiences in the public health field. His career has centered on the intersection of public health and health equity with positions as a community health educator, HIV counselor, adjunct college professor, and HIV researcher.
Currently, Young is employed as Director for Community Health and Well-being at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. At the hospital, Lawrence is responsible for identifying resources and partnerships to support those who are poor and vulnerable, and address factors that impact their social determinants of health. This position provides oversight of community health programs and personnel, and acts as a liaison to community agencies in determining community needs. In addition, this position is accountable for hospital community health priority strategic aims, community benefit compliance, community benefit reporting, and progress toward achievement of system wide community health and wellbeing standard indicators.
Young graduated from Morehouse College in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Public Health. He continued his formal education at Emory University, where he earned a Master of Public Health degree. Young intends to focus the balance his career on creating and sustaining policies and programs that increase health equity, address the social determinants of health, and improve health care workforce diversity.