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Our Policy Program
Whitman-Walker’s policy team recognizes that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people, as well as people living with HIV, face unique challenges that affect their health. We are here to advocate for your rights to quality healthcare with dignity and respect.
 

At Whitman-Walker Health, we understand that your environment and situations may affect your health and wellness. People who identify as LGBTQ face high levels of discrimination and difficulties accessing needed health and social services. Whitman-Walker’s policy team works with our healthcare providers and researchers, and with local and national advocacy groups on a range of issues important to LGBTQ health, the continuing fight against HIV and healthcare reform.

Our primary policy focus includes:

  • Access by LGBTQ people to affordable, welcoming, and clinically and culturally competent healthcare
  • Transgender health and wellness
  • Fighting HIV, especially in Black and Brown communities
  • Collection of data on sexual orientation and gender identity in healthcare and government surveys
  • Law and policy reform for people engaging in sex work
  • Special challenges faced by LGBTQ elders and youth

Downloads

'The “Protective Health Effect” of Legal Services as an Integrated Care Intervention for Peopl...


May 31, 2018

Testimony to the DC Council on Bills Proposing to Amend Act 21-682, the Universal Paid Leave Amen...


October 24, 2017

'Protective Health Effect of Legal Intervention On People Living with HIV'

Presentation...


September 14, 2017

'Transgender Women Engaging in Sex Work in DC Criminal Laws & Healthcare Access Barriers' ...


September 14, 2017

'LGBT Cultural Competence Training: What Does It Really Accomplish?'

Presentation at G...


September 14, 2017

Testimony to the HHS Administration for Community Living, on the Importance of Collect...


May 12, 2017

Testimony to the FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee on the Need for Reform of Blood Donation P...


March 28, 2017

Testimony to HHS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Protesting Harmful Revisions to Affor...


March 07, 2017

'Legal Responses to LGBT Discrimination and Lack of Cultural Competency by Healthcare Provider...


September 15, 2016

Comments of Whitman-Walker Health in Response to the Department of Labor Rulemaking Ex...


March 25, 2016

Re: Comments on Proposed Department of Labor Rule on Paid Sick Leave Requirements for Federal Con...


March 17, 2016

Comments on Proposed Health Education Standards to the DC Office of the State Superintendent of E...


March 17, 2016

'Health Challenges for LGBT People: The Law’s Contribution to the Problem and to the Solution'...


December 07, 2015

United States of America before the Department of Health and Human Services


November 08, 2015

Comments on the NIH FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan to Advance Research on LGBT Health


November 02, 2015

Testimony to the DC Council Committee on Health and Human Services in Support of Bill 21-168, the...


October 28, 2015

'Tips for Navigating Workplace Issues When Living With HIV'

Presentation to the Nationa...


September 09, 2015

Testimony to the DC Council Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill 21-38, the ¨Death With...


July 23, 2015

Testimony to the DC Council Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill 21-171, “The Health Ca...


June 29, 2015

'HIV, Criminal Laws, Public Health Laws, and Privacy Rights'

Presentation to the Washin...


June 27, 2015

'Uses of the Criminal Law to Control HIV Transmission: The U.S. Experience'

Presentati...


June 24, 2015

Comments to HHS on Proposed Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Certifie...


May 29, 2015

'Anti-discrimination Laws and Religious Exemptions: Implications for LGBT People and Persons L...


May 01, 2015

Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges (Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage C...


March 06, 2015

'Medical Legal Partnerships: The Intersection of LGBT Health & Justice' 

Pres...


September 11, 2014

Comments to the Social Security Administration on Proposed Revised Medical Criteria for Evalua...


May 27, 2014

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