Dr Thomas Young is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky and Medical Director of two health centers in Lexington, KY. His rich community pediatrics experience is filled with his involvement in local, state, and national activities of the AAP. "I have enjoyed the many different projects and committees I work with through the AAP. Comprehensive and integrated children's health is important to me and it feels good to be in a position where I can enjoy what I do and see that it makes a difference," said Dr Young.
In 1994, Dr Young was awarded a Community Access To Child Health (CATCH) planning grant for a community and school health assessment. The activities of the CATCH grant led to the receipt of funding from Healthy Schools/Healthy Communities for a school-based clinic in an inner city school and local funding for three additional clinics in high-risk elementary schools with an annual budget of $1M.
Dr Young's CATCH experience at the local level led him to involvement in school health activities at the national level and becoming an active member of the AAP Council on School Health then the AAP Committee on School Health (COSH) in 1999. He lead-authored policy statements such as "School-based Mental Health Services (2004)", and "School Health Centers and Other Integrated School Health Services (2001)". In addition to mental health and school-based health care, Dr. Young is also heavily involved in the subjects of obesity, asthma, ADHD, and Native American care. Dr. Young and his Kentucky Child 2000 program were presented the Martin Ushkow Community Service Award in 2000.
Dr Young became the Medical Director of the Family Care Center (FCC) in 1995 and was the project director for the Home Network Project grant received through the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) by FCC in 1997. The Home Network Project was designed to add an intensive home visiting component to existing clinic services in order to prevent adverse outcomes of the adolescent mother, her child, and her family. This new component helped to complete and integrate the existing comprehensive service model at the FCC. The Home Network Project model has now expanded across the state as the HANDS project and has shown a 60% reduction in child abuse and fewer premature births. "Many families were helped as a result of this project. We were able to serve over 200 families in the five year grant period," said Dr Young.
The Family Center for Healthy Futures, a new addition to FCC from HTPCP funding received in 2005, will provide resource support for families that include housing, education, food, clothing, employment, parenting skills, bilingual services, family health care, transportation, childcare, and financial assistance. "The FCC staff and I decided to add this program because healthy families and families with adequate resources have healthier children." Additional grants now provide comprehensive mental health services for our children and families. "We are striving to practice the concept of Family Pediatrics."
"I am proud of the work at the Family Care Center. We are able to serve many families who need support services outside of the traditional medical setting. Pediatricians need to be the community's child health leaders and begin developing alternative health care delivery models that address the complex needs of children and families."
Dr Young is highly involved with the Kentucky Chapter of the AAP. He served as the Chairman of the Section on School Health, Chapter CATCH facilitator, Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the Kentucky Chapter from 1997 to 1999. During this time, the Dr Young is most proud of the Kentucky Chapter's work with leading the state's SCHIP initiative and helping to in
itiate Kentucky Child Now! a state organization for child health and youth development.
Dr Young has been leading medical teams to Ecuador with pediatric residents and students for 4 years and is planning to begin a mothers and children's health center in a shantytown in Ecuador. He is also a member of the AAP section on International Child Health.