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Mautner Joining with Whitman-Walker Health

Lesbian health organization announces WWH collaboration, executive director departure

Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization announced today that is has begun partnering with Whitman-Walker Health, the nonprofit community health center specializing in LGBT-sensitive health care and HIV/AIDS treatment, as part of a new collaboration aimed at expanding Mautner’s client base and providing it greater access funding.

”We are very excited that we’ll be working with Whitman-Walker Health,” Leslie Calman, the executive director of Mautner Project, said in a release announcing the partnership. ”It has a long, prestigious history of providing culturally sensitive health care services to Washington’s LGBT community. This collaboration will allow us to offer more critical services to a greater number of women who need those services throughout the region; it’s a natural fit.”

Under the collaboration, Mautner began some operations Monday out of the Whitman-Walker site on 14th Street NW with no interruption in services. Mautner’s health and wellness programs and other offerings – including smoking cessation, cancer screenings, gynecological care and legal support programs – will all be accessible through Whitman-Walker.

Announcing the move, Mautner cited the benefits of expanding its client base under the collaboration with Whitman-Walker, but also pointed to the diminishing number of grant opportunities available for direct-service activities.

”Grant dollars are more likely to flow to organizations that can provide research with a substantial base of clients and staff, and where overhead costs are held to a minimum,” reads Mautner’s announcement.

Calman also used the opportunity to announce that she has left Mautner to serve as the CEO of Engineering World Health, a global health organization. Taking over for Calman are Mautner’s current Director of Client Services Jacquetta Brooks, and Meghan Davies, Whitman-Walker’s director of community health.

”Mautner Project has been dedicated to the health and wellness of Washington’s lesbian community for over 20 years,” Whitman-Walker Health CEO Don Blanchon said in a statement regarding the new partnership. ”We’ve been looking for a way to expand our health care services to women and Mautner Project’s programs and reach within their community will help us fulfill that mission.”

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at