Whitman-Walker Named "Clinic of the Year" by Capital City Area Health Education Center
Award Part of AHEC’s 2011 Clinical Awards
Washington, DC - Whitman-Walker Clinic has been named “Clinic of the Year” by the Capital City Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The Clinic received the honor based on multiple roles in training future health care providers, including Whitman-Walker providers mentoring medical students and helping AHEC scholars develop a curriculum to make it easier for health care students to become certified HIV testers and counselors. Whitman-Walker was also recognized for its support of AHEC’s programs.
“We are very honored to receive this recognition from AHEC,” said Whitman-Walker Executive Director Don Blanchon. “Our work with them helps to better educate health care workers about community health and especially issues of HIV/AIDS and LGBT care. That helps to ensure that the communities we serve will have even greater access to high quality health care.”
AHEC’s mission is “To educate a diverse health care workforce through community-based partnerships, to improve health services to District of Columbia residents,” including:
- Develop and support the community-based, interdisciplinary training of health professional students, particularly in the District.
- Provide continuing education and other services that improve the quality of community-based health care.
- Recruit underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students into the health professions through a wide variety of programs targeting elementary through high school students.
- Facilitate and support practitioners, facilities, and community-based organizations in addressing critical local health issues in a timely and efficient manner.
Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit community health center located in Washington, DC. Our 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 LGBT and HIV care. Whitman-Walker Health offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence care management. We are especially committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.