Callen-Lorde Community Health Center has announced a $2.5 million grant from the Keith Haring Foundation to establish an endowment in support of healthcare innovations for the LGBTQ community nationwide.
The Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health, the first such fellowship in the nation, is focused on addressing the lack of training for clinicians who work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer patients. The largest grant ever awarded by the Haring Foundation will respond to the need for entry-to-practice training for advanced practice nurses in New York and provide for LGBTQ+ healthcare training nationally in partnership with the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Medical Association. The fellowship will be hosted in Callen-Lorde's downtown Brooklyn location, a 25,000 square-foot facility slated to open in 2020.
"Keith Haring was a visionary in the fight against HIV/AIDS, raising awareness, challenging stigma, and engaging hearts and souls through his art as a person living with HIV," said Callen-Lorde Community Health Center executive director Wendy Stark. "The Keith Haring Foundation continues his legacy, and this landmark grant to Callen-Lorde will significantly impact culturally competent healthcare access for LGBTQ people for years to come."