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Statement on Governor DeWine’s Executive Order to Continue and Expand Non-Discrimination Protections for State Employees

1/14/2019 – Equitas Health applauds Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to issue executive orders extending existing non-discrimination legal protections to Ohio state employees for gender identity and expression and adding new protected classes. Sign on to our letter applauding the Governor for taking this important first step toward full equality for all Ohioans.

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The Columbus Dispatch: Amid political dysfunction, some institutions just work

1/5/2019 – The Columbus Dispatch Editorial Team highlights Columbus State Community College and Equitas Health as “central Ohio institutions that work well and make central Ohio lives better each and every day.” In particular, the Dispatch calls the expansion of the King-Lincoln Pharmacy to include groceries a boost for neighborhood residents.

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From Sidewalk Chat to Dedicated LGBTQ+ Facility: The Equitas Health Institute Is Making Healthcare More Accessible for LGBTQ+ Patients

12/27/2018 – The Equitas Health Institute exists to combat health disparities/inequities afflicting the LGBTQ+ community, create more welcoming and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ folks, and help institutions serve the unmet needs of this marginalized population. Our ongoing partnership with SUN Behavioral Columbus is a remarkable example of how we carry out our mission. Here’s the story of how a sidewalk conversation at Pride developed into Ohio’s first in-patient mental healthcare unit specifically for the LGBTQ+ population.  

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11th Hour Medicaid Freeze to Impact LGBTQ Ohioans

12/17/2018 – If the Ohio legislature returns next week, as they have scheduled to do, they may vote to override Governor Kasich’s veto of the Medicaid expansion freeze, which would be disastrous for Equitas Health and our patients. The Medicaid expansion program covers an estimated 700,000 Ohioans aged 19 through 64 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level and has been crucial to those living with HIV and LGBTQ people—particularly in communities of color. Please call your Ohio House Rep and State Senator today and tell them NOT to freeze the Medicaid expansion program.

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Lame Duck Session Update: Your Calls Are Working … Keep Them Coming!

12/7/2018 – Your calls are working! The Ohio Senate declined to vote on the Pastor “Protection” Act and the six-week abortion ban this week. If we keep up the pressure we can keep those votes at bay until the end of the Lame Duck session is over. Call your Senator again this weekend and let them know you are opposed to these dangerous bills.

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Equitas Health To Launch Statewide HIV Awareness Campaign On December 1

11/27/2018 – Equitas Health is commemorating the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day by launching the HIV awareness campaign Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U). Using this as an opportunity to both continue the fight against HIV while also supporting those living with HIV, Equitas Health is one of 780+ health organizations worldwide to sign a scientific consensus stating that there is no risk of sexual transmission of HIV from a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load.

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Lame Duck Session Update and Action Alert: Call Your Ohio Senators this Weekend!

11/30/2018 – Advocacy Manager Katy Shanahan has a quick update for you on the Ohio Senate’s Lame Duck session. Call your Senators today and ask them to vote NO on the Pastor “Protection” Act and the Six Week Abortion Ban and Stand Your Ground Bills. Ask them to vote YES on the Patient Drug Price Disclosure Bill. Radical bills become laws during Lame Duck sessions because legislators are counting on us voters not to pay attention. Help us prove them wrong—call your Senators today!

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World AIDS Day 2018: What It Will Take to End the HIV Epidemic

11/30/2018 – A message from President & CEO Bill Hardy: December 1, World AIDS Day, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. This World AIDS Day, I’m excited to make two announcements about Equitas Health’s commitment to the fight against HIV.

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Hearing for Pastor Protection Act Thursday, November 29: Call your state Senator today!

11/26/2018 – The Ohio Senate is moving quickly on the Pastor Protection Act and we need your help to stop it. As a reminder, HB 36 would allow ministers to refuse to preside over marriages that are contrary to their religious beliefs and would allow “religious societies” to refuse to host such marriages on their property. The bill would codify discrimination in Ohio law by allowing undefined “religious societies” to deny public accommodations to people, like LGBTQ Ohioans, under the guise of religious freedom.

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