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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.

Whitman-Walker’s policy team works with local and national 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
  • People engaging in sex work
  • Special challenges faced by LGBTQ elders and youth
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Testimony to the DC Council on Bills Proposing to Amend Act 21-682, the Universal Paid Leave Amen...


Christina Setlow

October 24, 2017

Protective Health Effect of Legal Intervention On People Living with HIV Presentation at GLMA An...


Erin Loubier, JD
Guillaume Bagal, MA, MHA

September 14, 2017

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


Jennifer Bouey
David A. Sternberg
Guillaume R. Bagal III

September 14, 2017

LGBT Cultural Competence Training: What Does It Really Accomplish? Presentation at GLMA Annual Co...


Liz Margolies LCSW,Daniel Bruner J.D.,M.P.P.

September 14, 2017

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


Daniel Bruner
Murray D. Scheel

May 12, 2017

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


Division Of Dockets Management

March 28, 2017

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


Patrick Conway

March 07, 2017

Legal Responses to LGBT Discrimination and Lack of Cultural Competency by Healthcare Providers P...


Daniel Bruner, JD, MPP
Jill R. Gaulding, JD

September 15, 2016

RE: Comments of Whitman-Walker Health in Response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Implement...


Naomi Barry Perez
Daniel Bruner

March 25, 2016

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


Donna Anthony

March 17, 2016

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


Robert Waterman

March 17, 2016

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


Daniel Bruner, JD, MPP

December 07, 2015

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NONDISCRIMINA...


Daniel Bruner
Murray Scheel
Krisztina Eva Szabo

November 08, 2015

Comments on the NIH FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan to advance research on LGBT Health


David Hardy
Jennafer Kwait
Daniel Bruner

November 02, 2015

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


Raymond C. Martins,MD

October 28, 2015

Tips for Navigating Workplace Issues When Living With HIV Presentation to the National Working P...


Daniel Bruner, JD, MPP

September 09, 2015

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


Yvette M. Alexander

July 23, 2015

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


Daniel Bruner, Senior Director Of Policy

June 29, 2015

HIV, Criminal Laws, Public Health Laws, and Privacy Rights Presentation to the Washington School...


Daniel Bruner, JD, MPP

June 27, 2015

Uses of the Criminal Law to Control HIV Transmission: The U.S. Experience Presentation to the O’...


Daniel Bruner J.D.,M.P.P.

June 24, 2015

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


Jennafer Kwait
Daniel Bruner

May 29, 2015

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


Daniel Bruner

May 01, 2015

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


SHEREE R. KANNER
KENNETH Y. CHOE
MARGIA K. CORNER
ELIZABETH C. LOCKWOOD
BORIS BERSHTEYN

March 06, 2015

Medical Legal Partnerships: The Intersection of LGBT Health & Justice Presentation at the GLMA A...


Tracey L. Gersh, Phd
Daniel Bruner JD,M.P.P
Aaron Merki, JD

September 11, 2014

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


Carolyn W Colvin

May 27, 2014

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