Twenty-nine years ago, the Whitman-Walker Clinic held its first community forum on AIDS.
Since then, the clinic has achieved milestones in helping community members access quality medical assistance for primary care, dental care, mental health and addiction issues. Additionally, the center also offers counseling, HIV education, and health testing and screenings, etc.
To celebrate its accomplishments and establish its goals for future years, Whitman-Walker Health is hosting a community HIV/AIDS forum on Tuesday, July 24. The event coincides with the International AIDS Conference, scheduled for July 22 through 27 in DC.
Guest speakers for the forum include, DC Councilmember Jim Graham, Jeanne White-Ginder (mother of Ryan White), Tom Sherwood from NBC4 and several academic and professional experts in the field of HIV/AIDS.
The panel and discussion will take place at 7 pm at the Lisner Auditorium (730 21st Street NW); doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Chip Lewis at clewis[AT]@whitman-walker.org.
A reminder that DC AIDS Walk 2009 is coming up on Saturday morning… with the pre-Walk program at 8:30 a.m. at Freedom Plaza. The annual walk benefits the Whitman-Walker Clinic and proceeds help people living with HIV-AIDS in the metro area. (Remember that WWC is our neighbor here in Borderstan.)
Here is the statistic you need to know: 1 in 20 adults in DC has HIV-AIDS, an extremely high rate in the United States. Your support is needed.
If you are walking on Saturday and want to solicit donations for yourself and/or your team, post a link in the comments section right here on this posting. On Thursday, I will do a posting with the listings that are in the comments. For example, I am on the Luis Gomez Photos Team. So, include your name and/or your team name and link.