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Meet Our Fellow 2021-22

Jordan Howard-Young, MD, MA (he/they)

Dr. Howard-Young was born in Southern California and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. Coming from a working class family, he was unable to afford college directly after graduating high school and spent several years working in food service and graphic design before becoming a community organizer in 2007 for former-President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. He then worked as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and as a policy analyst on the legislation that subsequently became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2009-10.

He went on to attend the University of Denver for undergraduate studies, majoring in both international development and health and integrated biological sciences, with a minor in religious studies. He earned a master’s degree in international development with graduate certificates in global health affairs and humanitarian assistance from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, spending 6 months in the Middle East studying health access, agency, and political perspectives among Palestinian refugees, government officials, and international organizations in the kingdom of Jordan.

He subsequently graduated with his doctorate of medicine from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where he participated in the population health and urban underserved tracks, served as president of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, and worked as a patient advocate for people experiencing homelessness. He joined the FHCW and UMass families in 2018 as a resident in the Worcester Family Medicine Residency, serving as chief resident in his final year. While there, he also spent two years as co-chair of the Diversity in Recruitment Task Force, was a founding member of the Structural Oppression and Anti-Racism Committee, and completed longitudinal experiences in refugee health, gender affirmation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychopharmacology.

As of August 2021, he serves as our first primary care psychiatry fellow and a faculty physician at FHCW. He brings a passion for community psychiatry, public health and advocacy, anti-racism and anti-oppression work, substance use care, refugee and asylee care, gender affirmation, and the care of underserved and marginalized populations. He was instrumental in leveraging these passions into a proposal for this innovative fellowship.