Fox Chase Cancer Center's Wallace Young Named Community Outreach Director
PHILADELPHIA (December 10, 2002) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center has appointed Wallace E. Young of Wyncote, Pa., director of materials management and purchasing, as director of Fox Chase's Community Outreach Program. As director, Young will carry out the program's objective -- to improve cancer care by increasing minority involvement in cancer clinical trials.
"We want to continue partnering with organizations in the community who are interested in collaborating with Fox Chase to provide cancer education to the minority community," explained Young. "We're looking for Community Partners, such as churches and fraternal organizations and health care providers who can help us connect with the community so that we can educate the community about cancer and about the importance of cancer clinical trials." Mt. Airy Church of God In Christ in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia was established as the first Community Partner with Fox Chase in 2001.
Young will help develop products and services for Community Partners to increase cancer awareness, to encourage participation in cancer screenings and clinical trials, and to increase access to the best cancer treatment. The type and nature of the cancer information offered is tailored to the specific needs of each partner.
Based on his personal commitments, Young has reached out to the African American community for many years to provide education about health concerns, particularly cancer. He is often asked to speak to church meetings and other gatherings about prostate cancer and about his participation in a prostate cancer prevention clinical trial.
Young earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from LaSalle University, with concentrations in operations management and personnel/labor relations. Before joining Fox Chase as director of materials management and purchasing in 1984, he was a buyer for Amchem Products Inc., purchasing capital equipment.
Young's career began as a member of the U.S. Army. He became chief warrant officer and served as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam conflict.
Young and his wife, Pat, have two grown sons. His community activities include serving on the board of directors of the Cheltenham Township Adult School. He belongs to the Society for Advancement of Management and the Purchasing Management Association of Philadelphia, an affiliate of NAPM and is a member of KAPPA ALPHA PSI Fraternity Inc.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase also was among the first institutions to receive the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has achieved Magnet status for excellence three consecutive times. Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research and oversees programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX-CHASE (1-888-369-2427).