At Whitman-Walker we are rooted in community. Since 1973, we have aspired to be a welcoming space for those who need and want our services.
Our journey began as a space for gay men to receive STD care without discrimination and fear. In the 1980’s, we became the epicenter for those impacted by HIV/AIDS during the AIDS epidemic. First caring for gay men and later establishing programs to address the needs of women impacted by HIV. And today we continue our legacy of providing care and services with respect, dignity and grace to anyone who wants to be part of our community.
We recognize that we have not always lived up to the expectations that those in our care and in community have of us. We strive to learn from those past experiences, and we endeavor to be an inclusive space that centers the needs and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQIA+ people, and systemically underserved communities. This requires a collective commitment to promote equitable and inclusive care, research, policy, education and an infrastructure and culture that supports this commitment.
Rooted in the experiences of social justice movements, Whitman-Walker pledges to provide a space where each unique story is celebrated. And we welcome you to help us celebrate our story as we move through 2023 and beyond.
Thank you for being part of our community.
A little more about Whitman-Walker in 2023:
For over fifty years, Whitman-Walker has been part of the fabric of the DC and national community as first responder and care-provider for those living with HIV; a leader in LGBTQ care and advocacy; a research center working to discover breakthroughs in HIV treatment and prevention science; and one of the DC’s most trusted partners when health emergencies impact the city.
Whitman-Walker envisions a society where all people are seen for who they are, treated with dignity and respect, and afforded equal opportunity to health and wellbeing. Through care, advocacy, research, and education, the organization strives to ensure all persons can live healthily and love openly. At the core of the organization is a desire to create safe spaces where people are seen for who they are.
Our spectrum of services include:
For 50 years, we have been a sanctuary for the underserved communities of Greater DC.
Through multiple sites, our staff provides stigma-free, culturally competent and vital healthcare to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, as well to those living with or affected by HIV; and to individuals who cannot afford to pay or feel uncomfortable in other healthcare settings.
For 50 years, we have been a place where we see the person first; a place where patients are treated with the dignity, respect and love they deserve.
- 40th Anniversary of Whitman-Walker, 45th anniversary of original founding
- "Feb- Pioneers of Black Journalism: Honoring the Legacy of Max Robinson event
- Apr- Don Blanchon received the Gay and Lesbian Activisits Alluance 2018
- Distinguished Service Award
Oct- LGBTQ Cultural Competency Summit - WW Policy Team Hosts 1st
- Jan - Whitman-Walker announces the creation of Whitman-Walker Health System. Naseema Shafi becomes CEO of Whitman-Walker Health & Don Blanchon becomes CEO of Whitman-Walker Health System
- Nov - LIZ Building Dedication & Celebration
- Nov - Mayor Bowser announces Whitman-Walker will build a new Max Robinson Center at the Campus of Saint Elizabeths
- Naseema receives Washington Women of Excellence Award
- Mar-Whitman-Walker begins implementing COVID protocols
• COVID taskforce, telehealth • Partnership w/ PowerOn
- Summer-Whitman-Walker issues a Community Response
- Jan- Dr. Biden visits Whitman-Walker on her first day as First Lady
- Nov - Ryan Moran joins as CEO of Whitman-Walker Health System
- July - Groundbreaking for the New Max Robinson Center
- Oct - 35th Annual Walk & Run to End HIV (celebrated virtually)
- Aug-Mpox vaccine clinic
- Oct-Whitman-Walker hosts 36th Annual Walk to End HIV at Saint Elizabeths
- Secretary Becerra's visit