The RED Bookshelf celebrates Albany Med for their dedication to making a difference!

Albany Med recognizes the inherent dignity that book ownership conveys on children and families.

Albany Med has agreed to sponsor a portion of our very successful bookshelf at Albany Medical Center Pediatric Group in 2019!

As part of its commitment to community leadership, Albany Med has partnered with scores of organizations in the last decade to improve the quality of life in the Capital Region, especially in the city of Albany.

“I believe that we can never take our eye off the community,” said James J. Barba, Albany Med president and CEO, “We have to be sensitive to its needs; we realize we can’t do everything so we have to be very discerning about the projects we pursue to make sure that they have the greatest impact, the most importance, the deepest effect on members of our community.”

Albany Med especially supports community organizations that focus on the under-served, K-12 education and youth.


Albany Med committed to funding a portion of The RED Bookshelf that sits in the Albany Medical Center Pediatric Group office waiting room. It is very popular!

About Albany Med Charitable Giving

In addition to their generous support of The RED Bookshelf, some of Albany Med’s significant partnerships are :

The Baby Institute: For the fourth year, Albany Med has partnered with this grassroots organization to increase child literacy in the underserved neighborhoods of Arbor Hill, West Hill and the South End. The Baby Institute empowers parents to be their child’s first teacher and advocate and focuses on improving children’s language skills through workshops for parents and their children as well as programs to engage parents, teach better nutrition and exercise, and prepare children to return to school after summer ready for learning.

Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region: Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region offers after-school and summer programming to underserved girls in grades K-12 primarily living in Albany Arbor Hill and West Hill and Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill and Vale neighborhoods. For the ninth year, Albany Med partnered with Girls Inc. and hosted the girls for visits, which include meeting medical professionals to inspire their interest in health care and science, and to provide exposure to the vast number of career opportunities at Albany Med.

Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS): For the first year, Albany Med is partnering with HATAS to provide funding for its “Feed and Read” program, the largest school food distribution program in the City of Albany, serving 640 children and families. Every Friday during the school year, participants receive a pack filled with food to share with their family and a book to keep.

Palace Theatre’s Summer in the City: For the fourth year, Albany Med partnered with the Palace to support a series of eight free family-friendly movies, giveaways and educational health care activities for children and families provided by experts from Albany Med. The program offers access to the arts for children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to encounter them.

Park Playhouse: For the ninth year, Albany Med is a proud supporter of a great neighbor and community partner, Park Playhouse, to help bring free summer theater to Albany’s Washington Park and educational programs to young, aspiring performers.

South End Children's Café: For the first year, Albany Med partnered with the South End Children’s Café, an after-school program focused on food insecurity, enhancing academic success and positively influencing the physical and mental health of children in Albany’s South End. Each summer, the Café expands its services to include six weeks of lunch, midday snacks, dinner and 13 field trips for children to learn what lies beyond the boundaries of the South End. Albany Med’s partnership supported the summer program, including the cost of entry fees to various sites for children and staff, transportation costs for the bus and t-shirts worn by children and staff daily as well as other services.