Health & Wellness
Our services include providing direct client services to LGBT people with cancer, providing health education and workshops to the community, and educating health care professionals about the unique health needs of the LGBT community.
Offering direct practical and support services to patients and their families who have been affected by cancer.
Our caring volunteers and staff help support our clients in the Washington, DC metro area with a wide variety of services including, but not limited to:
• Cancer prevention & education
• Assistance navigating cancer care
• Transportation to cancer treatment & other medical appointments
• Peer support
• Referrals to local resources
We encourage those in need of such support to utilize our services. To initiate services, please contact us at (202) 797-3570 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PALS (People Advocating for LGBT Seniors)
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 provide companionship and help, when needed, accessing community, health and government services. PALS aims to:
• Minimize the social isolation experienced by many senior LGBT people.
• Increase individuals’ ability to age in their own homes and communities.
• Help elders become aware of and access culturally competent services, including health care.
• Improve the overall health, safety and quality of life of LGBT seniors.
To participate as a client, as a volunteer or to learn more about PALS services, call 202.797.4409
Making Our Vitality Evident! (MOVE) was created by sexual minority women for sexual minority women with the goal to reduce obesity rates within our community. MOVE is a weight loss/risk reduction program encouraging women to make healthier choices around nutrition, participate in purposeful movement and openly discuss issues related to weight in a safe space.
Cultural Competency Training
Removing the Barriers (RTB) and Removing the Barriers: Silver are training programs designed to educate and bring awareness to health care providers about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care needs. The ultimate goal is to improve individual practitioners’ skills and create systemic change so that LGBT individuals, can feel comfortable in a health care setting.
Removing the Barriers encourages participants to explore personal privilege, the cultural interplay of individuals and the medical system, and the impact of institutional heterosexism on LGBT people. RTB focuses on how these issues might impact access to preventive health screenings, and explores risk factors that may be significant for this specific population. RTB also educates practitioners on the use of culturally appropriate language, family recognition and legal issues, and clinical concerns specific to LGBT populations.