Mautner Project

Our services include providing direct client services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people with cancer, providing health education and workshops to the community, and educating health care professionals about the unique health needs of the LGBTQ community.

Cancer Navigation

Mautner Project FlyerOffering 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

PALS (People Advocating for LGBTQ Seniors)

PALS is a free program connecting compassionate, trained volunteer visitors with LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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. Check out our Healthy Weight Resource Guide linked below!

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, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health care needs. The ultimate goal is to improve individual practitioners’ skills and create systemic change so that LGBTQ individuals, can feel comfortable in a health care setting.

Removing the Barriers (RTB) encourages participants to explore personal privilege, the cultural interplay of individuals and the medical system, and the impact of institutional heterosexism on LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ populations.

Meet the Mautner Project Team

Jacquetta Brooks

Jacquetta Brooks

Manager of Mautner Project

Jacquetta Brooks serves as the Manager of Mautner Project overseeing education, prevention, and patient navigation programs focused on cancer and LGBT health disparities. Prior to the partnership between Mautner and... Read More

Riana Buford

Riana Buford

Health Educator, Mautner Project of Whitman Walker

Riana Buford is Health Educator for the Mautner Project. Buford launched her post-graduate career at Mautner, starting as an intern before transitioning into a full-time role as Health Outreach Coordinator,... Read More

Ramatoulaye Keita

Ramatoulaye Keita

Health Educator Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker

Ramatoulaye Keita is a Health Educator and is thrilled to have access to more resources in order to better serve the LGBT population. Drawing upon her previous experience and passion... Read More