The Community Health Division is dedicated to early contact for members of the community in need of healthy interventions, such as HIV counseling and testing to previously-undiagnosed people, breast health services among underserved populations, and prevention efforts for HIV-positive people.
We can also provide condoms (male AND female!) and instruction on how to use them properly to protect against HIV and other STDs! Call 202.745.7000 and ask for Community Health!
You can also watch our video on using a condom correctly and we can answer any questions you may have!
Community outreach is provided through health and wellness fairs and HIV presentations at public schools, colleges and universities, local churches, homeless shelters, adolescent halfway houses and workplaces.
If you would like Whitman-Walker to participate in a community event or send a speaker to your organization, please complete our Community Event Request form . At this time, we cannot accept requests from Virginia or Maryland.
To see when and where our HIV mobile testing unit will be in the community and to see our other upcoming events, please visit the Community Health Calendar.
Meet our Community Health staff.
202.745.6179 or 202.745.6193
Whitman-Walker's Healthy Relationships program serves people living with HIV. In small (eight-10 people) groups separated by gender and sexual orientation, we discuss defining stress and re-enforcing coping skills across various life areas: whether or not to disclose to family members, friends and potential sexual partners, and building healthier and safer relationships. This program lasts for five weeks and meets for two hours each week. Groups are continually forming at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW and Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.
The Self-Help in Eliminating Life-threatening Diseases (SHIELD) program serves people living with HIV who are current or former drug users. In this small group (eight-10 people), participants train to be a Peer Educator. We discuss strategies to reduce HIV risk associated with drug use and sexual practices. In addition, Peer Educators are taught effective communication skills in order to talk with people in their social networks about HIV prevention information. This program lasts for six weeks and meets for 90 minutes to two hours each week. Groups are continually forming at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW and Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.
+1 Peer Mentor Program
+1 is a peer-to-peer support program that pairs experienced and successfully adherent HIV-positive patients with those who are newly diagnosed, new to antiretroviral treatment or re-engaging in care. Mentors must be open to providing an intensive level of support for patients, especially in the early days of a new or changed treatment plan. A once-per-week meeting in person during the first month of mentorship is ideal. After that, a meeting schedule that gradually decreases to bi-weekly is recommended. It is expected that mentorships will last approximately six months to a year. Peers meet off-site to discuss their experiences. Mentors and mentees are always welcome to join the program.
Breast Health Initiative
WW BHI brings Clinical Breast Exams (CBEs) and mammograms to our patients. BHI staff reminds women to get mammograms when eligible and further emphasize the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. BHI staff also help recruit women for first time mammograms and to seek care with our gynecologist and primary care providers at WW. WW works with Capital Breast Care Center and the George Washington Mobile Mammography Unit (GW MammoVan) to refer patients to them in order to receive CBEs and Mammograms. CBEs are also done on site at both MRC and ETMC. The GW MammoVan is scheduled to be at Max Robinson Center and Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center four-six times a year.
Positive Pathways is a partnership program between WWH, Washington AIDS Partnership, CommonHealth ACTION and other DC organizations to assist HIV-positive African-Americans living in Wards 5-8 in Washington, DC with their participation in HIV medical care. The program focuses primarily on women, but also supports men who are incarcerated or were recently released from prison / jail, who have a history of injection drug use, or who are partners of women participating in the program. The trained WWH Health Educator works to support program participants and encourage them to take full advantage of HIV medical care to improve their health and quality of life. The Heath Educator is housed out of Max Robinson Center.
PALS (People Advocating for LGBT Seniors)
To participate as a client, as a volunteer or to learn more about PALS services, call 202.332.5536 and ask for "PALS" or e-mail us.
PALS is a free program connecting compassionate, trained volunteer visitors with LGBT seniors, aged 55 and older, living at home or in assisted living and nursing facilities. PALS provides companionship and help, when needed, accessing community, health and government services. All volunteers are trained and supervised by professional staff at Whitman-Walker Health and Mautner Project.
•minimizes the social isolation experienced by many senior LGBT people.
•increases individuals' ability to age in their own homes and communities.
•helps elders become aware of and access culturally competent services, including health care.
•improves the overall health, safety and quality of life of LGBT seniors.