Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Lynda Young honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Ingersoll Bowditch Award for public health

Dr. Lynda Young honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Ingersoll Bowditch Award for public health

Dr. Lynda YoungWALTHAM – Dr. Lynda Young, a Worcester resident, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2019 Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health. 

One of the medical society’s most prestigious awards, the Ingersoll Bowditch is awarded annually to a Massachusetts physician who demonstrates creativity, commendable citizenship, initiative, innovation and leadership in the public health and advocacy fields.

Young has received numerous recognitions for her civic activities from several groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pernet Family Health Service, the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, the Montachusett Girl Scout Council, the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, and the City of Worcester’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

“Lynda is a passionate and effective advocate, especially on behalf of the most vulnerable, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves,” colleague Dr. James Broadhurst said. “In particular, her efforts to protect equitable health care coverage for children, reduce health disparities by shaping policies that acknowledge the social determinants of health, and prevent young people from becoming addicted to tobacco have had resounding impact.  Lynda also works hard to encourage her fellow clinicians and students to be engaged with their communities and to be active participants in public policy formation.” 

Young is a past member of the Worcester Board of Health and past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Young established Chandler Pediatrics and was chair of the Division of Community Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.  She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a fellow of the American academy of Pediatrics.

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting 25,000 members. We are dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians of Massachusetts and patients locally and nationally. A leadership voice in health care, the MMS contributes physician and patient perspectives to influence health-related legislation at the state and federal levels, works in support of public health, provides expert advice on physician practice management, and addresses issues of physician well-being. Under the auspices of the NEJM Group, the MMS extends our mission globally by advancing medical knowledge from research to patient care through the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, and the NEJM Journal Watch family of specialty publications, and through our education products for health care professionals: NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Resident 360, and our accredited and comprehensive continuing medical education programs.

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