About Us | Equitas Health

Quality, affirming care for all

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.


We offer:

  • Primary and specialized medical care
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Mental Health & Recovery Services
  • HIV/STI treatment and prevention
  • PrEP/PEP
  • Ryan White/HIV case management
  • Care navigation
  • Advocacy and other community health initiatives.

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.


Our Mission

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.


Our Values

Cultural Humility
We have the cultural awareness to provide competent care to the LGBTQ+ community and those seeking a welcoming healthcare home.

Comprehensive Care
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.

Relationship Oriented
We start by listening to nurture relationships based on trust. Using a patient-centered approach, we help each person build a care team to meet their unique healthcare goals.

Forward Thinking
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.


Our History

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.


Meet our Senior Leadership team and Board of Trustees.

The Equitas Health Institute

The Equitas Health Institute offers online and in-person training to companies and organizations looking to create more LGBTQ+ affirming environments.


Survivor Support


The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) provides resources, support, and community for LGBTQ+ survivors of hate violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. You are not alone. Visit the BRAVO website for more information and services in your area.

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AIDS Walk Ohio


AIDS Walk Ohio

When you join AIDS Walk Ohio, you raise critical funds for HIV services and awareness about the new era of HIV: treatment as simple as one pill a day now makes the virus untransmittable. Be and AWO ambassador!

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Pharmacy Gives Back

Our Pharmacy Gives Back

Equitas Health reinvests 100 % of our pharmacy profits back into our programs and services. Your prescription can help pay for someone else’s lifesaving care. Why not pay it forward?

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The Equitas Health Institute

Transforming Care Conference

Our signature annual event is the Transforming Care Conference. TCC brings together healthcare providers, activists, and community members who share a commitment to LGBTQ+ and HIV health equity. TCC inspires action-focused conversations about the issues that matter most to our communities. With both in-person and virtual attendance options, the conference unites a vibrant mix of attendees and presenters who elevate each other’s voices and lived experiences.

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