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Whitman Walker Clinic

Whitman-Walker was founded in November 1973 as the Gay Mens VD Clinic, part of the Washington Free Clinic. The VD Clinic operated in the basement of the Georgetown Lutheran Church with an all-volunteer staff. In 1976, after receiving complaints from the church, the VD Clinic split off as an independent organization and hired its first full-time staff. Whitman-Walker Health (WWH), formerly Whitman-Walker Clinic, is a non-profit community health center in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with a special expertise in HIV/AIDS healthcare and LGBT healthcare. Founded as an affirming health center for the gay and lesbian community in 1978, Whitman-Walker was one of the first responders to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in D.C. and became a leader in HIV/AIDS education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. In recent years, Whitman-Walker has expanded its services to include primary healthcare services, a stronger focus on queer womens care and youth services. Whitman-Walker mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV care. Whitman-Walker Health operates a mobile HIV testing van that goes into at-risk communities and provides HIV testing and prevention education. Whitman-Walker Health offers many types of trainings for organizations aimed at educating people on modern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) healthcare needs, appropriate language, current research findings and more. Currently, Whitman-Walker is only accepting new dental patients who are already medical patients. Whitman-Walker provides high quality, culturally competent, comprehensive health care including preventative exams and management of chronic and urgent health conditions. Whitman-Walker pharmacists are knowledgeable about diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma and much more. Whitman-Walker research is about finding the best way for patients to receive medical care. It is involved in research since the first HIV treatments were being tested. Research studies look at new ways to prevent and treat diseases in our community. The Behavioral Health programs of Whitman-Walker promote the integrated health and psychological wellness of our patients and their loved ones through a wide variety of both professional and peer based services. At Whitman-Walker Health we recognize the importance of providing affirming care and are proud of our diverse staff of culturally competent clinicians who have specialized knowledge and training in issues affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community and people living with HIV. Whitman-Walker Health offers many types of trainings for organizations aimed at educating people on modern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) healthcare needs, appropriate language, current research findings and more. Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker works to reduce the gap in health disparities among LGBTQ people with a health expertise in lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women’s needs. This training is available as a continuing education unit for social workers, doctors and nurses.