Roslyn Jefferson, Albany Medical Center’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) coordinator, was recognized for her community activism at the Albany Common Council’s African-American History Month recognition ceremony in February.
An employee since 2008, Jefferson is active in numerous community groups and anti-violence initiatives, including SNUG and the Albany Peace Project. Jefferson was nominated by Council member Leah Golby.
“Roslyn is not just a terrific neighbor — anyone on her block will tell you that,” Golby said. “She is a tremendous member of our community, actively engaged in promoting the civic vitality of our neighborhood and city.”
As EAP coordinator, Jefferson provides support and a caring ear for employees undergoing personal and professional challenges, as well as referrals to other agencies that can help.
“I enjoy helping the wide range of people at Albany Med,” she said. “You feel part of a community, and it’s meaningful to me to support the staff that then goes out and gives quality patient care.”
Jefferson’s 34-year varied career as a clinical social worker has included working as a medical social worker in the South Bronx; helping to find home placements for minority children through the Parsons Child and Family Center; serving as director of the Equinox Drug Counseling program; operating a successful private practice as a psychotherapist; teaching yoga and meditation; and serving as employee assistance coordinator at the University at Albany. In 2013, she became an Albany Democratic Committee member from the 10th Ward.
Jefferson is a second-generation Albanian whose parents were early members of the Albany NAACP, Urban League and the Albany Inter-Racial Council, and once hosted a visit by civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Jefferson’s father was one of the two African-American dentists in Albany during the 1950s-60s, and her mother was a school teacher. Jefferson lives in Albany with her 20-year-old son, Noah.