February 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Metro TeenAIDS merges with Whitman-Walker Health
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Whitman-Walker Health (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

In a statement released on Monday, officials with Metro TeenAIDS and Whitman-Walker Health announced that Metro TeenAIDS would merge with Whitman-Walker in a “new strategic collaboration” to expand health care services for young people in the D.C. metro area.

“Effective today, MTA will become part of Whitman-Walker Health,” the statement says. “MTA employees will join Whitman-Walker Health and bring their youth-focused expertise to the health center.”

Whitman-Walker spokesperson Shawn Jain said the MTA operation, which is now a division of Whitman-Walker Health, would retain its current name and remain in its offices located on Capitol Hill near the Eastern Market Metro station at 651 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., for the immediate future.

“This is an exciting new chapter in Metro TeenAIDS’s 25-year history that builds on our already strong relationship with Whitman-Walker,” said Adam Tenner, MTA’s executive director.

Metro TeenAIDS was founded in 1988 as the Washington Area Consortium on HIV Infection in Youth as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing HIV education and support services directed toward young people in the D.C. area, many of whom were becoming infected with HIV in growing numbers.

Records filed with the IRS show that the group remained incorporated under that name but soon adopted the trade name of Metro TeenAIDS.

Whitman-Walker Health, formerly known as the Whitman-Walker Clinic, is the D.C. area’s largest private agency providing HIV education, treatment, and prevention services with a special outreach to the LGBT community. In recent years it has expanded its services to become a primary health care provider for medical and dental services beyond just HIV.

The Mautner Project, a national lesbian health organization based in D.C., merged in 2013 with Whitman-Walker in an arrangement similar to that of the Metro TeenAIDS merger.

Records filed by Metro TeenAIDS with the IRS for its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, the most recent filing made public, show that the group’s income was $3.67 million and its expenses came to $3.45 million.

Whitman-Walker’s most recently available filing of its IRS 990 form, which covers the calendar year of 2013, shows its income to be $20.8 million and its expenses at $19.9 million.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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