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Currents - Nov./Dec. 2012 - In Memoriam Alma Young
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In Memoriam

Alma Young, EdD


 Dr. Young is a former practitioner, administrator and educator who retired in 1998 as Director of Education and Quality Assurance in the Department of Social Work Services at Mount Sinai, after 38 years of service to the Medical Center and the Department. Her work over the years included direct practice, supervisory roles and research with the obstetric, pediatric and adolescent populations. Until her death, Dr. Young maintained a faculty position as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Young has a long history of leadership roles on professional and non-profit boards and in organizations providing services to children, adolescents and family groups, as well as those involved in education, health and public service. Among these are the American Public Health Association (founding member of the Social Work Section), the Guttmacher Institute (board chair), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (board representative) and the national and local National Association of Social Workers (member of the NASW Pioneers).

She was also actively involved in many other organizations, including the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (founding member of the advisory board), the Helen Rehr Center for Social Work Practice (board member), and New Alternatives for Children (founder and board member), among others. Just two weeks ago, Dr. Young was honored at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center’s Annual Breakfast of Legends.

Dr. Young received her MSW from Atlanta University School of Social Work and her EdD from Columbia University Teachers College. Over the years she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the schools of social work at Columbia University, Hunter College and New York University.


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