Mautner Project

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The official Mautner Project logo.

Mautner Project is a national organization in the United States dedicated to improving the health of lesbians and other women who partner with women (WPW). It was founded in 1990 and is based in Washington, D.C. It provides direct services, engages in community outreach and health education campaigns, trains health care professionals to deliver culturally competent care, and raises awareness of lesbian and WPW health issues.

Mission statement and vision[edit]

Mission: “Mautner Project is committed to improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through direct and support services, education and advocacy.”[1]

Vision: "Mautner Project envisions a health care system that is respectful of and accessible to all without regard for their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Our vision is a society in which all individuals are empowered with the knowledge to utilize these resources and to make appropriate choices for themselves."[2]

Programs and services[edit]

Mautner Project headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Client Services program coordinates resources for lesbians and WPW facing illness. Mautner Project assists clients with finding culturally competent health care, accessing care, and identifying support resources. Mautner Project also provides direct services to clients such as transportation to doctors appointments, and facilitates support groups for WPW facing illness, the death of a loved one, or caregiving.[3]

The Removing the Barriers (RTB) Program is a training program designed to educate and bring awareness to health care providers about the health care needs of WPW.[4]

S.H.E. Circle is the first national health education program focused on African American WPW. The local S.H.E. Circles are information networks where African American lesbian and bisexual women learn about health issues, ask questions, share information, connect with resources, and provide support to each other.[5]

Mautner Project also provides health information to consumers and raises awareness of lesbian and WPW health issues via its website, information requests, and participation in community events.[citation needed]


Mautner Project was founded in 1990 following the death of Mary-Helen Mautner in 1989 of breast cancer. Shortly before her death, Mary-Helen asked her partner, Susan Hester, to start an organization that could help other lesbians facing the overwhelming challenges of life-threatening illnesses.[6]

Mautner Project has engaged in the following collaborations:

  • National Lesbian-Feminist Health Coalition projects (founded and facilitated)
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition (co-founded, serves on board)
  • Trainings for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on culturally competent care for lesbians, bisexual and transgender women[citation needed]
  • HEALING WORKS!: The National Conference on Lesbians and Cancer (founded and organized)
  • Coming Out Of Cancer: Voices From The Lesbian Cancer Epidemic (Partnered with more than one hundred health organizations across the country to raise awareness of LGBT concerns related to cancer
  • National Policy Roundtable
  • Lesbian Kisses (partnered with Mazzoni Center and The SafeGuards Project) [7]
  • LGBTQ-NS Campaign (leading collaboration within the DC TabaccoFreeFamilies Campaign)--smoking cessation campaign designed to engage LGBTQ community members.[8]

In September 2009, Mautner Project was asked by the White House to send a client to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Barack Obama's September 9 address to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform. )[9][10]

Community partnerships[edit]

Mautner Project has formed multiple community partnerships to fulfill their mission. These partnerships include (but are not limited to):


  1. ^ [1] Mautner Project - Mission & History, Nov. 20, 2009
  2. ^ [2] Mautner Project - Mission & History, Nov. 20, 2009
  3. ^ [3] Mautner Project - Programs & Services - Information & Referral
  4. ^ [4] Mautner Project - Programs & Services - Removing the Barriers
  5. ^ [5] SHEcircle
  6. ^ Mautner Project - Mission & History, Nov. 20, 2009
  7. ^ [6]"Lesbian Kisses: SafeGuards partners with Mautner Project" March 23, 2007
  8. ^ [7] DC TabaccoFreeFamilies-- LGBTQ
  9. ^ [8] O'Bryan, William. "Congressional Calling: Easter Spencer answers White House call for Mautner client at health care speech." MetroWeekly. Sept. 17,2009
  10. ^ [9] Price, Deb. "Obama Invites Gay Americans in." 2009
  11. ^ [10] DC Vote's Coalition Partner - Mautner Project - the National Lesbian Health Organization
  12. ^ [11]"The Mautner Project, Capital Pride 2007: Community Partners" MetroWeekly. June 4, 2007. Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ [12]"American Cancer Society reaches out to lesbian survivors and their partners" Gmax Health June 18, 2004

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