Vice President for Health and Equity
Subject Matter Expert
Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion, and Grant Management
University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, Howard University
What was your first job?
My first job was through the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Campership Program. I was honored to be selected as a camp counselor, since I benefited as a camper for eight years. The Campership Program afforded access to mentorship opportunities and exposure to outdoor activities, and it cultivated an environment of self-discovery. The program provided a chance to leave my desolate neighborhood and explore the wilderness while learning the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
Inspired to continue to serve students in Southeastern Michigan, after high school graduation I volunteered to lead youth development programming and team building initiatives through America’s Promise Alliance in partnership with United Way. In time, I became an advocate for the campership program with screening agencies by sharing my experiences as a camper, counselor and self-confidence workshop coach.
Deirdre Young, DDS, is Vice President for Health and Equity for United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She was appointed to the newly-created role in August 2016.
Prior to joining United Way, Deirdre was director of multicultural affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. There, she focused on improving health care outcomes in underserved communities and provided leadership and oversight in the areas of diversity, inclusion and health advocacy.
Deirdre is Chair of the Minority Affairs Section of the American Dental Education Association and has previously served on the advisory board for the Michigan Area Health Education Center, Pipeline and Outreach Initiatives. She is a mentor with the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, which travels the nation to promote diversity among future physicians and dentists. She is also an active member of the National Dental Association.
The recipient of more than 100 proclamations recognizing her dedication to addressing the social determinants of health and loyalty to servicing children in Southeastern Michigan, Deirdre has been recognized by two former Detroit mayors, the Detroit City Council and several other governmental bodies.
Deirdre received her Doctorate of Dental Services from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is married with a son and a daughter and enjoys theatre, dance, traveling, volunteering and spending time with family.