Support Services

We offer a variety of support services designed to maximize quality of life and support individual goals for long-term health.

Breast Health Initiative

The WWH Breast Health Initiative provides patient education for performing Breast Self-Exams (BSEs) and assistance with obtaining access to Clinical Breast Exams (CBEs), mammograms, and other women’s health care services at WWH. BHI staff emphasizes the importance of the early detection of breast cancer and reminds women to perform regular BSEs, get annual CBEs, and schedule mammograms as appropriate. WWH partners with the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates Mobile Mammography Program (GW MammoVan) to refer patients for mammograms. The GW MammoVan is scheduled to be at Max Robinson Center and Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center four-six times a year.

Healthy Relationships

Whitman-Walker’s Healthy Relationships program serves people living with HIV. In small (eight-10 people) groups separated by gender and sexual orientation, we discuss defining stress and re-enforcing coping skills across various life areas: whether or not to disclose to family members, friends and potential sexual partners, and building healthier and safer relationships. This program lasts for five weeks and meets for two hours each week. Groups are continually forming at Whitman-Walker 1525, 1525 14th St., NW and Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.

SHIELD

The Self-Help in Eliminating Life-threatening Diseases (SHIELD) program serves people living with HIV who are current or former drug users. In this small group (eight-10 people), participants train to be a Peer Educator. We discuss strategies to reduce HIV risk associated with drug use and sexual practices. In addition, Peer Educators are taught effective communication skills in order to talk with people in their social networks about HIV prevention information. This program lasts for six weeks and meets for 90 minutes to two hours each week. Groups are continually forming atWhitman-Walker 1525, 1525 14th St., NW and Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.

+1 Peer Mentor Program

+1 is a peer-to-peer support program that pairs experienced and successfully adherent HIV-positive patients with those who are newly diagnosed, new to antiretroviral treatment or re-engaging in care. Mentors must be open to providing an intensive level of support for patients, especially in the early days of a new or changed treatment plan. A once-per-week meeting in person during the first month of mentorship is ideal. After that, a meeting schedule that gradually decreases to bi-weekly is recommended. It is expected that mentorships will last approximately six months to a year. Peers meet off-site to discuss their experiences. Mentors and mentees are always welcome to join the program.

Positive Pathways

Positive Pathways is a partnership program between WWH, Washington AIDS Partnership, CommonHealth ACTION and other DC organizations to assist HIV-positive African-Americans living in Wards 5-8 in Washington, DC with their participation in HIV medical care. The program focuses primarily on women, but also supports men who are incarcerated or were recently released from prison / jail, who have a history of injection drug use, or who are partners of women participating in the program. The trained WWH Health Educator works to support program participants and encourage them to take full advantage of HIV medical care to improve their health and quality of life. The Heath Educator is housed out of Max Robinson Center. For more information, please call 202-797-3567.

For more information on any of the above programs, please call 202.745.6193.