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Equitas Health Statement on the Ohio Fairness Act

2/13/2018 – This legislative session marks the fifth consecutive session – spanning 10 years! – in which Sen. Antonio has introduced the Ohio Fairness Act. We look forward to working with her to ensure that this is the last time she will need to reintroduce this bill. All Ohioans deserve to live free from discrimination and the Ohio Fairness Act will help make that reality more achievable.

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: A Shift in Prevention Strategy

2/7/2019 – Today we have the tools to make this the last era of HIV, but only if we let go of assumptions developed in previous eras and open ourselves to radical shifts in strategy. Director of Prevention Dwayne Steward announces the planned closure of the Greater Columbus Empowerment Center and start of the HIV and Racial Equity Initiative – a prevention strategy shift that will harness the tools of the current era to build a future in which Black people can live without the fear of transmitting or contracting HIV.

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Statement on Governor DeWine’s Executive Order to Continue and Expand Non-Discrimination Protections for State Employees

1/14/2019 – Equitas Health applauds Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to issue executive orders extending existing non-discrimination legal protections to Ohio state employees for gender identity and expression and adding new protected classes. Sign on to our letter applauding the Governor for taking this important first step toward full equality for all Ohioans.

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The Columbus Dispatch: Amid political dysfunction, some institutions just work

1/5/2019 – The Columbus Dispatch Editorial Team highlights Columbus State Community College and Equitas Health as “central Ohio institutions that work well and make central Ohio lives better each and every day.” In particular, the Dispatch calls the expansion of the King-Lincoln Pharmacy to include groceries a boost for neighborhood residents.

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From Sidewalk Chat to Dedicated LGBTQ+ Facility: The Equitas Health Institute Is Making Healthcare More Accessible for LGBTQ+ Patients

12/27/2018 – The Equitas Health Institute exists to combat health disparities/inequities afflicting the LGBTQ+ community, create more welcoming and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ folks, and help institutions serve the unmet needs of this marginalized population. Our ongoing partnership with SUN Behavioral Columbus is a remarkable example of how we carry out our mission. Here’s the story of how a sidewalk conversation at Pride developed into Ohio’s first in-patient mental healthcare unit specifically for the LGBTQ+ population.  

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11th Hour Medicaid Freeze to Impact LGBTQ Ohioans

12/17/2018 – If the Ohio legislature returns next week, as they have scheduled to do, they may vote to override Governor Kasich’s veto of the Medicaid expansion freeze, which would be disastrous for Equitas Health and our patients. The Medicaid expansion program covers an estimated 700,000 Ohioans aged 19 through 64 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level and has been crucial to those living with HIV and LGBTQ people—particularly in communities of color. Please call your Ohio House Rep and State Senator today and tell them NOT to freeze the Medicaid expansion program.

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Lame Duck Session Update: Your Calls Are Working … Keep Them Coming!

12/7/2018 – Your calls are working! The Ohio Senate declined to vote on the Pastor “Protection” Act and the six-week abortion ban this week. If we keep up the pressure we can keep those votes at bay until the end of the Lame Duck session is over. Call your Senator again this weekend and let them know you are opposed to these dangerous bills.

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