Public Statement 8/1/20
2020 is an election year and a Census year. Our ballots—as always—are pulsing with critical issues: affordable healthcare, racial justice, LGBTQ+ equity, reproductive rights, education, and access to clean air and water. Meanwhile we are conducting the Census—our once-in-ten-years opportunity to lay the foundation for equitable distribution of essential services and readjust our representation in Congress and the Electoral College.
Abortion is health care. Health care is a right. Today, that right came under attack at the Supreme Court.
Public Statement 11/9/21
Equitas Health is pleased to announce that Dwayne Steward was recently appointed Interim Chief People and Culture Officer, effective November 5, 2021.
Public Statement 10/21/21
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Robert S. Copeland (he/him/his) as the Interim CEO of Equitas Health.
Public Statement 10/16/21
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m writing to announce that we have accepted William Hardy’s resignation from the role of President and CEO, effective immediately.
Public Statement 10/7/21
This week, the Columbus Dispatch published an article reflecting experiences of former and current staff of Equitas Health. Those of us who work here know that our growth and evolution has been challenging. We cannot – and will not – ignore the historical and current impact that our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) stakeholders are feeling.
Public Statement 4/13/21
We are grieving with Minneapolis and the world today as our system of government has taken the life of yet another Black man, Daunte Wright, age 20.
But 2020 is like no other election or Census year in living memory.
We are enduring a global pandemic that, in less than 8 months, has taken the lives of more than 180,000 Americans and disrupted our daily lives – including field operations for the 2020 Census. As the Census Bureau amended timelines and operations, the President issued a memo in late July that threatened to manipulate Census data after its collection for the purposes of Congressional redistricting and reapportionment.
This memo – and the rhetoric that surrounds it – creates unnecessary fear and threatens to undermine an already complicated count of all people who reside in the United States. We stand against fear and intimidation in all forms and firm in our commitment to ensuring an accurate and complete count in the Census.
Despite the President’s memo, the Census is prohibited under federal law from using the data against individuals or communities. Our partners at the Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition and Children’s Defense Fund Ohio implore us to remember these important facts:
Voting and participation in the Census are indeed powerful tools granted to all Americans by the Constitution, to demand accountability and shape public policy. The more we participate—in both the election and the Census— the more capacity we will have to create policies and systems that promote racial, economic, and health equity.
We recognize that fears of the misuse of Census information and attempts to create confusion around the safety and security of our elections will affect us differently based on our race, ethnicity, class, citizenship status, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and health. It is because of this that we must dispel misinformation, connect our respective communities with the resources to access the ballot, and participate in the Census.
Together, we must take action in the following ways:
We want to make it clear – our commitment to justice and equity extend beyond November 3 (Election Day). We will continue to fight for equitable public policy outcomes that extend from the Census questionnaire, to the ballot box, and to the doctor’s office.
In late January 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes to their guidance on who can give blood. Historically, their rules have discriminated against members of the LGBTQ+ community. As promised, Equitas Health gave feedback to the FDA in a public comment.