Keith Haring Foundation Funds First Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health

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Keith Haring Foundation Funds First Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health

With a $2.5-million donation, the Keith Haring Foundation has funded the Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health, a joint project of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and the Keith Haring Foundation in New York City.

This $2.5-million gift is the largest donation the Keith Haring Foundation has ever made in its thirty years, as well as the largest private gift ever made to Callen-Lorde. The gift will establish The Keith Haring LGBTQ+ Health Equity Endowment, which will fund the Fellowship.

Callen-Lorde’s Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health, the first in the nation, will address a lack of LGBTQ+ training for clinical providers at the national, state and local levels. The program will produce culturally competent nurse providers who will then take that body of knowledge gained through their time in the program wherever they choose to practical. The goal is to effect a large-scale impact on LGBTQ+ patients.

The Fellowship will be housed in Callen-Lorde’s new facility in Brooklyn, opening in 2020. The $2.5-million donation will allow Callen-Lorde to nearly double its capacity with an additional 25,000 square feet of space to provide critically needed healthcare services to LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the uninsured.

The Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship directly responds to the need for entry-to-practice training for advanced practice nurses statewide, as well as calls from the Institute of Medicine, National Institute of Health, American Medical Association and others for LGBTQ+ healthcare training.

Visit the Callen-Lorde website for additional information and to access the Fellowship application: callen-lorde.org/haringfellowship.

—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.