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3/29/17 – Equitas Health Named Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality for Second Year in a Row by Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Equitas Health has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization for the second year in a row. The designation was reported in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), reflecting on a decade of progress in LGBTQ healthcare.

Equitas Health is one of a select group of 302 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.  For the first time ever, HEI participants are given scores in four criteria that represent how many policies and best practices from each section they have implemented: foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement. Participants that receive the maximum score in each section for a total score of 100 points earn the coveted status of “2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”

“With the recent expansion of our mission to now include specialized LGBTQ medical care in our scope of services, this recognition means even more to us this year. Our commitment to addressing LGBTQ health equity goes beyond our clinical settings; through our newly established Equitas Health Institute we are able to deliver LGBTQ cultural competency education and training opportunities to medical providers and other organizations throughout the Midwest. We are grateful to community partners like the Human Rights Campaign who recognize our efforts to offer a welcoming, inclusive healthcare home for all,” states Peggy Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, Equitas Health.

“The 2017 HEI reminds us again that though we have made tremendous gains over the past decade, there is still much more work left for us to do. With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The 590 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community. For the past decade, the HEI has been the roadmap to closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families, and we urge every healthcare facility to join us in this continuing effort to provide inclusive care to all.”

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2017, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei

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CONTACT: Alyssa Chenault, (614) 526-4161

ABOUT EQUITAS HEALTH

Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questions (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 15 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.

The Equitas Health Pharmacy operates as a social enterprise for Equitas Health and is one of the pillars of the healthcare organization’s patient-centered care model. 100% of  pharmacy profits are reinvesting back into the organization’s programs and services, providing and earned income revenue line for the organization while provide a critical service for the community.

For more information, visit equitashealth.com for find them on Facebook or Twitter.