Equitas Health is a nonprofit community healthcare system founded in 1984. We are one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-serving organizations, serving tens of thousands of patients in Ohio, Texas, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Equitas Health is a federally-designated Community Health Center. The Equitas Health Institute and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) are divisions of Equitas Health.
Equitas Health’s mission is to be the gateway to good health for those at risk of or affected by HIV; for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community; and for those seeking a welcoming healthcare home.
We have the cultural awareness to provide competent care to the LGBTQ+ community and those seeking a welcoming healthcare home.
Through our network of facilities and expertise, we can address the full needs of patients, offering services in the fields of medical, social, and behavioral care.
The breadth and depth of our services is now greater, and we are able to serve anyone in the community-in addition to those at-risk or living with HIV/AIDS.
Acceptance & Respect
We offer an accepting and safe healthcare environment for all.
We allow our providers to spend more time with patients. This gives them the opportunity to listen to the patient’s concerns, build a relationship, and build competency in treating the patient with a person-centered approach.
We stay at the forefront of evolving medical approaches, technology, and treatment to meet the challenging needs of our community.
Nobility of Purpose
We are proud to be engaged in the noble purposes of defeating the HIV/AIDS epidemic and addressing LGBTQ healthcare disparities. We will continue to be pioneers and leaders in the pursuit of health, wellness, equality, and equity.
In 1984, a grave new threat knocked on humanity’s door. We answered the way humans have throughout history: United and ready to fight.
Relatively little was known about HIV/AIDS at the time. But we knew our loved ones in the LGBTQ community were getting sick and dying, and we knew the resources in our battle were lacking.
So we gathered in living rooms and around kitchen tables, caring for the sick in any way we could. Soon, this grassroots movement spread across the state and a collective formed. A flicker of hope was ignited.
Today, we have a new name, and our mission has grown in scope to providing healthcare for all.
We’re still united and even stronger in our collective power.
Our legacy is comprised of the following organizations: AIDS Foundation of Dayton, AIDS Foundation Miami Valley, AIDS Resource Center Ohio, BRAVO, Columbus AIDS Task Force, David’s House of Compassion, Dayton Area AIDS Task Force, Metropolitan Residential Services, and Ohio AIDS Coalition.