Metro TeenAIDS Joins Whitman-Walker Health
D.C.-based Nonprofits to Collaborate on Providing Health and Wellness Programs and Services for Youth
February 2, 2015
Washington – Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) and Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) today announced that they have entered into a new strategic collaboration to provide HIV and other health and wellness programs and services to young people and their families in the nation’s capital. Effective today, MTA will become part of Whitman-Walker Health. MTA employees will join Whitman-Walker Health and bring their youth-focused expertise to the health center. MTA’s programs and services will continue to operate out of the existing MTA site in Southeast Washington.
“This is an exciting new chapter in Metro TeenAIDS’ 25-year history that builds on our already strong relationship with Whitman-Walker,” said MTA’s Executive Director Adam Tenner. “MTA has always been about more than just HIV. Over the last several years we have been developing a broader agenda to address the health and wellness needs for young people in our community. HIV continues to be a critical health issue for teens. But the epidemic has evolved and we believe that we need a more holistic approach. Joining forces with WWH will enable us to do more for the young people in our community; investing in a healthier future for everyone. Continued focus on young people’s health needs is critical.”
“Expanding health care services for metro D.C.’s young people is an important next step for Whitman-Walker,” said Don Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health. “Metro D.C. youth, especially LGBTQ youth and young adults living with HIV, face many challenges accessing high quality, culturally competent health care. This strategic collaboration brings together the best of both nonprofits to tackle these challenges. This includes expanded offerings for youth, such as medical, mental health and substance abuse services. Our new collaboration is a groundbreaking investment in the future of health care, both inside and outside of the doctor’s office.”
Comments from Other Health Leaders on the Strategic Collaboration:
Dr. Larry D’Angelo, Division Chief, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s National Health System (MTA Founder)
“We created Metro TeenAIDS because we knew that we needed a community-based response to this horrible epidemic. Metro TeenAIDS is now an international standard-bearer for high quality HIV services directed towards youth. But what is most remarkable about this this strategic alliance is the potential for what these two incredible organizations can do together. This is health leadership in the 21st Century should look like.”
Channing Wickham, Executive Director of Washington AIDS Partnership
“From our position as one of the region’s leading funders of HIV/AIDS services, the direction being set by MTA and WWH is a smart and proactive move that will benefit the entire community. We also believe that the Washington AIDS Partnership’s investment in MTA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth Health Innovation Lab will only be enhanced by the partnership with WWH, the city’s leader in LGBT health care.”
Greg Millet, Vice President and Director, Public Policy at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
“With the rates of HIV so high among young men and women of color, it’s imperative that we expand culturally competent services, like those provided by MTA and WWH. Moving forward, our efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic will require strong collaborations like the one being created by MTA and WWH. The alignment of these two organizations represents what we hope to be seeing across the country, the bridging of strong medical care and high quality community-based services.”
About Metro TeenAIDS
Metro TeenAIDS provides resources to help young people fight AIDS and support each other. Metro TeenAIDS is the only organization in the D.C. area focusing all of its efforts on the unique prevention, education, and treatment needs of young people. During our more than 20 years of service, Metro TeenAIDS has provided education programs and prevention resources to well over 300,000 young people, family members, and youth workers living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
About Whitman-Walker Health
Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit, community health center serving the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Through two sites in the District of Columbia, 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 case management. Whitman-Walker Health is committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.