The problem with healthcare services in the Pasadena area is not one of availability, but of affordability and accessibility. One of the greatest obstacles to good health is poverty. In the Pasadena community, about one-third of the children are in need of the kind of care Young & Healthy provides. The majority of children under age 18 and enrolled in Pasadena Unified Schools live in areas of town that claim the lowest per capita income and the greatest concentration of poverty.
Young & Healthy, a Pasadena-based 501(c)(3), is an organization whose foundation was built upon the dedication and commitment of its volunteers. We began in 1990 as a small group of 19 physicians who agreed to donate their time and services to Pasadena area children who lacked access to medical and dental care. Young & Healthy is now sustained by the generosity of a volunteer workforce of more than 350 healthcare professionals, over 460 community volunteers and an extensive network of community partners.
Young & Healthy’s mission is to provide access to high-quality healthcare for uninsured and underserved children and families and to improve the quality of life for all children in the greater Pasadena area through prevention, education, and enhanced healthcare services.
- We believe it is the right of every child to have access to quality healthcare.
- We believe that if enough people volunteer their expertise and services, the community can make a substantial difference in the lives of its children.
- We believe that our mission can best be accomplished through collaboration with other community institutions.
- We believe that it is our responsibility to advocate for children’s healthcare needs.
Poverty and hence, healthcare, are a constant challenge for 60% of the children in our local public schools. Young & Healthy facilitates the delivery of donated medical, dental, mental health and other healthcare services, free-of-charge, to underserved low-income children, ranging in age from infancy to 18 years, throughout the greater Pasadena area. Young & Healthy also assists adults with insurance enrollment, healthcare system navigation and education. If a person does not qualify for one of our own programs, we will research the situation and refer to a community partner who can help.