Public Statement 6/17/21
6/17/2021 – Yesterday evening, the United States House of Representatives passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act (S. 475), officially recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. The legislation, which passed unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon, will now head to President Biden’s desk for his signature.
Recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is a necessary and long overdue acknowledgment of our country’s true history. It does not, however, absolve our nation of our injustices. It reminds us, rather, of the work yet to be done to ensure equity, establish justice, and accomplish true liberation.
For those seeking to honor and recognize the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act with direct action, please consider contacting members of Congress and the Ohio General Assembly. We must push for meaningful and comprehensive legislation to dismantle white supremacy by ending police brutality and state violence against Black lives and stopping attempts to restrict access to the ballot for BIPOC voters, and we must invest in BIPOC communities.
Action items for your consideration:
Jasmine Marks, EdD
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
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Public Policy & Civic Engagement Manager
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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.
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.