Founded in 1996, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative is the only non-profit organization in the Southeast that is exclusively committed to lesbians, their partners and families. Originally called the Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative, the agency has expanded its focus. It now features support groups for issues like cancer, domestic violence and acting as a caregiver for a sick or elderly loved one; Weight Watchers; an online health assessment; a directory of LGBT supportive physicians; the Lesbian Health Fund; and more.
“The Health Initiative has broadened our focus through the years in response to our community’s shifting needs,” says ALHI Executive Director Linda Ellis. “One important addition has been our Health Fund, through which we can now help cover basic screenings and healthcare for uninsured members of Atlanta’s LGBT community.”
The Weight Watchers support group meets every Saturday.
Health & Fitness: Health Initiative focuses on women’s needs
Liz Hill lost 35 pounds through ALHI’s Weight Watchers program.
“Attending the meetings regularly really helped me stay focused,” she says. “I feel better physically, can move more easily. I am eating to live rather than living to eat. I look younger, less frumpy.”