Public Statement 4/21/21
Today the Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota found Derek Chauvin—the former police officer who killed George Floyd last May—guilty of second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter.
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.
Although the jury’s decision brings with it a measure of relief that a police officer can be held accountable for the murder of a Black man in the United States, the verdict does not restore the lives of George Floyd and countless Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color whom the police continue to murder. Nor does it curtail the constant surveillance and abuse that BIPOC Americans endure at the hands of our government. Holding individual officers like Derek Chauvin accountable for their heinous actions is critical to the work of achieving racial justice in this country. Additionally, demanding that our government dismantle its white supremacist system of policing and intentionally invest social services and community resources in BIPOC communities is foundational to that work. Equitas Health is committed to both.
While justice was served in this case, there is much more work to be done by those of us served and protected by the police at the expense of Black lives. We must reject this and every other system of white supremacy in this country. These systems will not be torn down as easily as a statue or a brick-and-mortar building, but they must be torn down.
And white Americans must shoulder this burden.
Until then, “liberty and justice for all” remains a promise unfulfilled.
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.