The Work We Do: Whitman-Walker Health

December 16, 2019

Washington, D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health is a community health provider specializing in LGBTQ+ and HIV care. The organization was founded in 1973 as The Gay Men’s VD Clinic and operated out of the basement of the Georgetown Lutheran Church. When the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s escalated, Whitman-Walker became a leader in education, testing, counseling, advocacy, and the provision of direct services to people with AIDS. The organization opened the country’s first gay, community-based medical unit devoted to the evaluation and diagnosis of AIDS symptoms.

Over the years, the organization has expanded its footprint and its mission. Today’s Whitman-Walker provides inclusive, stigma-free care through broad-ranging medical treatments, a pharmacy, legal services, behavioral health, insurance navigation, youth and family support, and more. 1199SEIU members play an essential part in Whitman- Walker’s mission, and help care for more than 30,000 patients a year. From clerical work to education to hands-on medicine, 1199 caregivers at four locations throughout the greater D.C. area ensure that their patients are treated with dignity, respect, and love.