Washington, D.C.-Based Whitman-Walker Clinic to Expand Medical, Social Service Programs
January 11, 2008
The Washington, D.C.-based Whitman-Walker Clinic on Thursday announced that it plans to expand its medical and social service programs for people living with HIV/AIDS while making efforts to become a comprehensive health care center, the Washington Post reports. The clinic will reform its social service programs in an effort to better meet its clients' health needs, as well as launch a public awareness campaign aimed at high-risk groups in the area. According to the Post, up to one-fourth of Whitman-Walker's 240-person staff will be reassigned or let go.
The changes to Whitman-Walker also are a reflection of the health issues -- including osteoporosis and heart disease -- that face long-term HIV/AIDS survivors, according to the Post. In addition, the changes are an attempt to respond to the HIV/AIDS situation in the district. Blanchon noted a recent report by the district's HIV/AIDS Administration that highlights the effect of the disease on the city's black community.
Whitman-Walker expects to provide care for more than 13,000 clients this year at its three locations in the district and Northern Virginia (Levine, Washington Post, 1/11).
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