Public Statement 4/9/20
The Arkansas legislature’s decision to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill outlawing gender-affirming treatment for minors is a direct attack on trans lives. This sinister and violent law will force transgender children seeking gender-affirming care in Arkansas to experience irreversible changes to their bodies that will increase their gender dysphoria and chance of suicidal ideation. With trans adolescents already more likely to attempt suicide than their cisgender peers, the Arkansas state legislature will most definitely have blood on its hands.
Gender-affirming care for minors is not an experiment. It is not reckless. It is lifesaving—and we have the research to prove it. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society recommend the use of hormone therapy to delay puberty and encourage physical development that matches a child’s gender identity. Politicians informed solely by bigotry and hate have no right to debate a human being’s agency over any aspect of their identity or expression.
This is not Arkansas’s problem alone.
This year, state legislatures across the country, including Ohio’s, have introduced 82 anti-transgender bills – the highest in U.S. history. This shameful milestone is a reminder that the fight to protect trans lives is far from finished.
While the fight continues, Equitas Health remains dedicated to providing culturally humble and patient-centered gender-affirming care. Furthermore, Equitas Health is committed to any effort, which prevents legislation that threatens transgender lives from becoming law.
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.
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.