Last week, LGW members gathered in the spirit of community service at Whitman-Walker Health to learn about the organization – its mission and scope of work – before giving back through a service project alongside WWH staff.
Members were welcomed by Whitman-Walker’s Abby Fenton (’12), Chief External Affairs Officer, and Josh Riley, Director of Community Commitment, for a discussion of WWH’s history in the region, and impressive operational and service delivery growth across 4 locations throughout Greater Washington.
Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) provides culturally competent, respectful and affirming health and wellness services to the greater Washington community, including primary care, behavioral and community health support, dental, legal services, addiction services and more.
With a commitment to serving Greater Washington’s diverse communities, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care, WWH provides care for anyone who walks through the doors at their four locations across DC.
After the presentation, we were introduced to the work done by Matt Rand, Health Educator and Self-Test Project Coordinator. With his guidance, LGW members assembled hundreds of self-test kits to help individuals in the community access confidential and routine sexually-transmitted infection testing.
STI self-testing is currently available at Whitman-Walker Health’s 1525 14th St. NW location, as well as the Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE. For the most updated information on STI testing hours, click here.
Community Service Days like this began as part of LGW’s ongoing commitment to engage in meaningful impact for the region and to offer LGW’s members more ways through which to connect with other members while engaging in the region’s civic landscape. All Community Service Days this fiscal year are generously sponsored by IBM.
Photos from our event are available on LGW's Facebook.