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.