Lawrence Young’s passion for the health of underserved communities stems from his work as a Community Health Educator, HIV counselor, adjunct college professor, and public health researcher. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Morehouse College where he majored in Psychology and Public Health, and he completed his Master of Public Health degree from Emory University with a concentration in behavioral science and health education.
Through his current work with the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity (CDRCHE) at Saint Francis Hospital, much of his work is focused on improving health outcomes for underserved members of the community. This position has allowed him to work directly with people who have limited access to adequate healthcare, and provide information to hospital leadership on what changes can be made that result in better health outcomes. He also leads the planning the CDRCHE annual town hall on health disparities, supervises all research initiatives in the Community Health & Wellbeing department, coordinates health outreach events with community organizations, and supports other hospital programs that seek to promote health equity.
Mr. Young’s experiences have led him to view health disparities from two different perspectives: government-funded academic research and community outreach organizations. This has shown him the importance of giving different key stakeholders equal voice in improving the health conditions that their communities encounter.