YVONNE S. YOUNG, R.N.
Yvonne S. Young is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1981. She worked at Piedmont Hospital for 32 years, two years in the Diabetes Resource Center. She worked at the Grady Diabetes Clinic for four and a half years. Since retirement from Grady, she continues to work with Partners for Preventive Health, Inc. She served as the President of the National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses, Inc. Atlanta Chapter from 2013 - 2015, and serves on the Board of Advisors of VEH Enterprises, Inc.
March 1998 she founded Partners for Preventive Health, Inc., a health ministry as a way to give back to the community. PPH has been successful in obtaining a CLIA waiver and a 501c tax exempt status. Volunteers, which included Registered Nurses, Dietitians, Medical Assistants, Patient Care Technicians and anyone wanting to be trained, were recruited. They started performing diabetes and high blood pressure screenings, diabetes presentations and became a voice in the community for disseminating information regarding diabetes. Yvonne speaks from experience, she has Type 2 diabetes.
In 1998 she co-founded a community based program at Bethel Family Church called Health Watch. This health support group became known as Victory over Diabetes and Victory over the Battle of the Bulge. The goal was to help address the problem of being overweight, a risk factor for diabetes. Health Watch had a dedicated staff consisting of a Registered Nurse, Diabetes Educator, Registered Licensed Dietitian, a Medical Assistant and an Aerobic Instructor. Together they helped to educate, support and counsel regarding diabetes and the prevention of this disease. Praise aerobics was done to gospel music. Prayer was an integral part of this group.
In 1998 PPH teamed up with the American Diabetes Association and others to bring diabetes information to the at-risk African American community on a larger scale. They adopted the Victory over Diabetes name and hosted the first Atlanta conference in 1999. For many years PPH provided blood glucose and blood pressure checks for this event as well as diabetes related presentations including at the Diabetes Expo, Diabetes 101 in Gainesville, Georgia and Defeat Diabetes
In June 2012 she developed a diabetes program “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” for the Center for Black Women Wellness that launched June 23, 2012. This program consisted of six sessions that was held every other weekend. This program was repeated again March, 2013 and July, 2013.
This organization has been supported mainly from donations and people volunteering their services. PPH was also successful in obtaining grants from the Dekalb County Status of Health program. All donations are tax deductible.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Recipient of the Life Changers Club International 2011 Women of Influence Award
- Recipient of Georgia Nurses Association, Staff Nurse of the Year Award, October 2000
- Voted one of four finalist of the Atlanta Business Chronicle Heroes in Health Care Award Allied Professional Health Category, July 1998
- Awarded Georgia Society to Prevent Blindness Volunteer of the Year 1991
- Awarded the first Nicolas Davies Community Service Award, Piedmont Hospital 1990
- Numerous certificates of recognition
- The Atlanta Voice Newspaper
- The Atlanta Business Chronicles
- Piedmont Profile
- Traditions, the newsletter of the American Diabetes Association
- The Atlanta Metro Magazine
- Champion Newspaper
- Pulse Newspaper
- The Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Prevention Magazine
- The Faces of Diabetes
- Diabetes Forecast
- Women of Influence, The Magazine of Excellence
- WSB 2 TV
- Trinity Broadcast Network WHSCG-TV 63
- FOX 5 TV August 2011
- FOX 5 TV January 2012
- CW 69
- WALR Kiss 104.7, Atlanta Ga.
- WJZZ 107.5 107.5, Atlanta GA.
- WYZE 1480, Atlanta Ga.
- WAOK 1380, Atlanta Ga.
- WVEE V-103, Atlanta Ga.
- WAMJ 104.1, Atlanta GA.
- WCLK 91.9, Atlanta Ga.
- WRNG630 AM, Atlanta Ga.
- WFOX JAMZ 97.1, Atlanta Ga.
In spite of her numerous awards for community services, Yvonne maintains that she is powerless without God. "Promoting preventive health for better health" is Yvonne’s motto for life.