Gateway Newsletter – September, 2019


Derrick Lehman head shotNurse Practitioner Derrick Lehman is the newest provider on the Dayton Medical Center team. Lehman says he owes a debt of gratitude to the community that supported him when he came out, and hopes he will be able to offer that kind of welcome to LGBTQ+ patients. Learn more about what brought Lehman to Equitas Health and find out: what kind of music he writes; his mom’s best advice; and how many large animals share his home.

What drew you to work at Equitas Health?

I learned about Equitas Health during my first semester studying to be a family nurse practitioner. A friend of mine receives care at the Dayton Medical Center. Identifying as an openly gay man, I have always wanted to give back to the community that accepted me when I felt no one else would. I have directly experienced the many health care disparities that LGBTQ+ individuals face every day, and I want to be a provider who actively helps to combat stigma, promote acceptance, and encourage diversity. I hope to make each patient I encounter feel proud of what makes them unique. Like my mom always says, treat everyone you meet as if they were your own family.

What can you tell us about your previous work and/or life experience that prepares you for serving LGBTQ+ patients, people living with HIV, and other under-served communities?

As far as life experience goes, I came out at 18 years old. Like most in my community, my coming out was met with anger, frustration, denial, and rejection by many in my family including my parents. I remember vividly the challenges I faced emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually as I began to accept myself for who I truly was and reveal my authentic identity to my peers. I quickly learned the meaning of “chosen family,” as I met some of the most genuine people who still hold a dear place in my heart within the Dayton LGBTQ+ scene. I learned the concepts of community and true acceptance, and with this as my guide, I strive to deliver compassionate/culturally congruent care to all my patients.

I overcame many obstacles in life, coming from a lower-class family, I became a first-generation college student and pursued a degree in nursing. I began working as a bedside nurse in 2013, graduating from Wright State University with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. From then I worked until recently as a critical care nurse in various intensive care settings including: cardiac, neuroscience, medical, and surgical intensive care. I recently completed my Masters of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Wright State University, and spent a majority of my practicum at Equitas Health Dayton Medical Center. I have had the privilege of serving patients enduring a vast array of chronic diagnoses including HIV/AIDS.  As I mentioned earlier, I feel that being a member of the LGBTQ+ community has given me direct insight to the many challenges that LGBTQ+ individuals face in all aspects of life, and I plan to build on this experience in order to serve my community to the fullest. We as a community have come so far but have far to go still. I am excited to serve as an integral member of the Equitas Health team, and by doing so, help to further our human rights.

What interests you about patient-centered care?

I believe the most rewarding thing that I could accomplish as a healthcare provider would be assisting and observing patients living their lives authentically, in a way that fulfills them in all aspects of their lives. I want to see each person I encounter take control of their health, realize that they ultimately hold the key to health and happiness, and help them along their journey to ensure that equitable, quality care is delivered to all on a non-biased, inclusive basis. There is still a daunting amount of stigma and discrimination in healthcare towards the LGBTQ+ population and creating a safe space for all is the goal at hand.

Can you tell us three things about you that we might not be able to guess?

  1. I am proud to say that as of June 22nd of this year, I am happily married to my amazing husband.
  2. I am a self-taught musician, currently finishing my first pop album. I play drums, guitar and piano. I love to sing. I write my own music and lyrics and perform all vocals in my songs. Music is life in my opinion, and there is a song to help you through any emotion you could ever feel.
  3. I live on a horse farm with my husband. We have four of our own horses and nine boarded horses. We also have 2 dogs and three hairless cats. One might say we have our own little zoo 😊.


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH | Life after Trauma

By Ria Megnin, LSW, MSW, MA
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers / They, Them, Theirs

Ria Megnin head shot

In the aftermath of Dayton’s Memorial Day tornadoes, the mass shooting in the Oregon District, and many other crises, Equitas Health teams are working with many people experiencing trauma. The experiences of the past few months challenged everyone’s sense of safety and peace – especially those already dealing with the ongoing traumas of racism, homophobia and transphobia, community disinvestment and more.

While we can’t change what’s happened, learning about the trauma recovery process gives us tools to help each other mourn our losses and begin to heal.

What Is Trauma? 

Trauma is anything that harms our sense that we are safe, able to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and that the world is generally a safe place. Many in Dayton have shared that they no longer feel safe. I don’t want to go out. I can’t be in a crowd. I used to love storms, but now I just want to hide. No place feels safe for someone like me. Other common reactions have included:

  • feeling tearful, hopeless, irritable
  • difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating
  • changes in routines, moods, relationships
  • withdrawal, isolation, depression
  • intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares
  • panic attacks (sweating, shaking, racing pulse)

For some, trauma responses didn’t appear until long after the event. For others, they’ve come and gone in waves. These are all normal reactions to a highly abnormal series of events.

What Can You Do to Take Care of Yourself?

The Dayton community has done many things well to support trauma recovery, including providing pop-up tornado recovery supply and counseling sites, connecting people with counseling resources after the shooting, and local celebrity Dave Chappelle’s benefit concert to reclaim the Oregon District as our space. As the dust clears, however, we all need help adjusting to a new normal.

  1. Remember, You Are Worthy & You Are Safe: You can’t pour from an empty cup. Remind yourself that you are worthy of care. Give yourself permission to focus on recovery: the chances of awful things happening again are actually no greater now than they were before.
  2. Self-Care: Turn off the news and limit time on social media. Keep life simple for a while. Focus on the basics by making or keeping routines for sleep, meals, exercise, quiet time, creativity, loved ones, and play.
  3. Be with Your Feelings: When our brains get stuck in high alert, it can help to thank our fear for protecting us, then release the emotions through activities like journaling, art, music, cooking, snuggling, poetry, dance, yoga, bodywork, and/or time outdoors.
  4. Monitor Your Behavior: After a trauma, most people need to numb out for a time. We may watch TV, listen to music, or sleep all day, or dive into food, video games, work, exercise, alcohol, or spending sprees. These can be helpful in moderation, but if they start to take over, it’s time to get help.
  5. Use Tech for Good: Hundreds of free smartphone apps exist to help navigate stressful moments. They use guided journaling, breathing and movement exercises, coping skill suggestions, connections to friends, etc.
  6. Tell Your Story: When you are ready, come together with others to tell the story of what the traumatic experience was like for you. Choose people who won’t try to fix things or make your feelings go away. Having your experience heard and honored is key to the healing journey.
  7. Take Action: Some people find that taking action to prevent future traumatic events reduces their sense of hopelessness. Action can be as simple as chanting “Do Something!” at a rally, emailing leaders, or helping a community organization.

Warning Signs for Yourself and Others

If someone’s symptoms linger more than a couple of weeks, their coping methods start taking over, they can’t meet their responsibilities, and/or they’re thinking of harming themselves or others – it’s time to reach out for help.

  • The Montgomery County Crisis Care Line: Call 937-224-4646 day or night to get help for yourself or others. That could mean ideas for coping skills, strategies for accessing local resources, or connection with crisis services.
  • The Ohio Department of Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741 741 for immediate chat support and connections with local resources.
  • Support Services: The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s 24-hour hotline has information on services from child care to medical care, food pantries to support groups in nine counties. Dial 211.
  • Counseling: A good therapist can help you track changes and improve your coping skills in supportive ways. Many providers accept insurance or, like Equitas Health, offer counseling services on a sliding fee scale.

On The Journey Together

Dayton will never be the same again. But that’s not entirely a bad thing. As we come together to heal and recover, we can emerge stronger, healthier – and safer – than we were before, and work to protect against future traumas in the years to come.

Ria Megnin is a behavioral health therapist at Equitas Health Dayton Medical Center.



INSTITUTE | Transforming Care Conference to Amplify LGBTQ+ Patient Voices

I tried to get on PrEP, but my provider said ... "Elevate your Voice Oct 17Want to hear the rest of the story? Join us at Elevate Your Voice, a new forum at the 2019 Transforming Care Conference.

Elevate Your Voice will highlight a series of multi-modal personal presentations featuring firsthand accounts from Shae William, Jack Alferio, Joseph  Easley, Sarah A. Green, and Melachi Carroll—LGBTQ+ people experiencing, navigating, and/or avoiding healthcare and social services.

The forum will happen twice over the course of the two-day conference which will be held at the Fawcett Center in Columbus on October 17 and 18. The presenters will first address conference participants at 1:30PM on the 17th and then the public that evening at 6:30PM.

“This year’s conference is about creating medical and behavioral health settings that are radically inclusive of those most in need of services,” said Equitas Health Institute Director, Julia Applegate, explaining the theme for TCC 2019: Discover Differences. Break Barriers. Reduce Disparities. “That means the people most in need of services are also the people with the most expertise. Understanding their experiences is the key to transforming care.”

Elevate Your Voice is not the only change to the TCC schedule this year. Instead of the usual conference tracks organized around fields or professions, 2019 TCC participants will find tracks addressing the various identities, experiences, and oppressions that combine to impact the care experience. And a virtual reality showcase will offer an innovative opportunity for participants to learn about implicit bias.

Last year’s conference was again at capacity, with 500 individuals registered from 23 states.  To learn more about the conference or to register, visit For updates about the Elevate Your Voice presenters, follow @EquitasHealth and @EquitasHealthInstitute on Facebook.


PREVENTION | Syringe Exchange Programs Lead to Recovery

In addition to offering life-saving HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention, Safe Point, and other syringe exchange programs, are a step on the way to recovery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed that those engaging in syringe exchange programs are 3-5 times more likely to begin substance use treatment. For those that get into treatment and in syringe exchange programs, they are 2-3 times more likely to go into long term recovery.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has been highlighting the importance of syringe exchange programs in counties and states across the country where new HIV infections are concentrated, noting that syringe exchange is a critical part of the President’s pledge to end HIV by 2030. Redfield has also said repeatedly that one of the key components of stopping HIV is ending the stigma associated with both the virus and addiction.

“Stigma has no place in public health,” Redfield said during a recent visit to Arkansas, where syringe exchange programs are still illegal and new HIV infections are on the rise in rural areas.

Rick Barclay, manager of Equitas Health’s Safe Point explains that syringe exchange programs, by definition, are a way for people living with addiction to enter care without fear of stigma.  “Harm reduction programs are effective at getting people into treatment by way of the relationships that are built while the person is not interested in treatment,” Barclay said. “If or when the time comes that a person is ready to pursue treatment, they know a trustworthy and reliable resource for finding help.”

But Barclay, like Redfield, is quick to make clear that while the evidence connects syringe exchange programs to recovery, it should not overshadow the underlying work and purpose of syringe exchanges.

“Often, we see harm reduction being justified because it can result in recovery, and not for the vital public health intervention it primarily serves.”

In 2018, of the 2,357 people who accessed Safe Point’s syringe exchange program, 44% had a positive diagnosis for hepatitis C (HCV), and 9% for HIV (this compares with .13% and .39% within the general population in Franklin County respectively). Access to new syringes through Safe Point helps stop both viruses from spreading further among people living with opiate addiction and offers participants the opportunity to link to HIV and HCV care. Additionally, people who participate in Safe Point have access to live-saving services like: Naloxone (overdose intervention medication), fentanyl test strips, HIV/HCV/STI testing, Hepatitis A vaccination, and housing advocacy.

The CDC recently announced it will provide $3.9 million annually in Franklin county for the purpose of gathering timelier and more comprehensive data about opiate overdoses. Safe Point, which documented 374 overdoses prevented in 2018, will be among the programs participating in this critical research.



MEDICAL | Nurse Practitioner Mimi Rivard Moves to Expanded King-Lincoln Location

Mimi Rivard head shotAs of September 2, 2019, Lead Nurse Practitioner Mimi Rivard began seeing patients at the King-Lincoln Medical Center, rather than at our Short North Medical Center. Rivard has been a medical provider at Equitas Health since 2013, offering leadership in both trans health and HIV care at the Short North Medical Center, and is excited about the transition to the King-Lincoln location, which opened in 2017.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to move to King-Lincoln,” Rivard said, noting that in her early days with the agency she partnered with Greater Columbus Empowerment Center and other King-Lincoln community members to increase awareness of and access to pre exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP. “I feel at home in this community,” Rivard said. “My Columbus roots are here, and for many reasons, the connections are personal.”

Recent renovations at the King-Lincoln Medical Center have more than doubled the number of exam rooms and created space for providers, clinical staff, and care team to work collaboratively, aligning with Equitas Health’s organizational goals of providing team-based care.  The move was also motivated by the increasingly challenging parking in the Short North.

“Jessica Sherman is a top notch practitioner,” Rivard said of King-Lincoln’s most senior provider. “She offers compassionate and insightful care to each patient and has brought incredible leadership to the King-Lincoln medical team from the beginning. I am looking forward to working with Jess to build our staff and bring on new providers in the expanded facility,” Rivard said.

Equitas Health encourages Rivard’s patients to follow her to King-Lincoln. “This change will expand access to all of the services my current patients receive, in a community that needs more access to care.” Rivard continues to take new patients as well.

The King-Lincoln location—750 East Long St., Columbus—is located in the heart of a predominantly African American neighborhood where community members are working to maintain the neighborhood’s historic connection to the arts while growing local businesses and developing needed resources and services. The King-Lincoln Medical Center serves those in the immediate community and—being on a bus line and with ample parking—is also accessible to those from other neighborhoods.

The King-Lincoln Medical Center expansion follows the Pharmacy expansion in March of this year, which brought the Pharmacy to the ground floor of the building and added a retail component, including groceries. Additionally, the Local Matters Veggie Van now visits the King-Lincoln Pharmacy year round every Friday from 3PM to 6PM, selling fresh fruits and vegetables, giving free fruit to children, and offering a half-off deal for SNAP users.

“King-Lincoln is such a vibrant community,” Rivard said. “I’m thrilled that Equitas Health is expanding what we can offer in this neighborhood, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

People who wish to become a patient at King-Lincoln Medical Center can call (614) 340-6700 or visit to request and introductory appointment.



BRAVO | Gun Violence and the Lives of Black Trans Women

By Aaron Eckhardt, MSW
Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs

Aaron Eckhardt head shotLike too many cities and towns in the United States, last month Dayton lived through a massacre that no community should ever have to endure: in less than 30 seconds, one person with a gun took the lives of nine others. These horrific events grab our attention—as well they should—because they bring to bear the conditions at the heart of the gun violence epidemic: the accessibility and availability of weapons that inflict swift and irreversible harm.

Though mass-shootings feel like an almost constant phenomenon of our time, gun violence is even more pervasive and complicated than those high-profile events. In the United States, we die from gun violence (12 deaths per 100,000 people) as often as we do from car crashes. The gun violence mortality rate in Ohio (13.7 deaths per 100,000 people) is higher than the national average and amounts to more than 1,500 lives lost each year.

We in the LGBTQ+ communities—and even more so, LGBTQ+ people of color—are disproportionately affected by the prevalence and availability of guns as we are frequent targets of hate violence. So far in 2019, 67% of known homicides of LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. have been the result of gun violence. In Ohio that rate is 100%. Of the LGBTQ+ victims killed by guns in the U.S., 89% were people of color and 63% were Black trans women.

We know that homicide and gun violence are only the tip of the hate and bias violence iceberg. We live in a culture of dehumanization, where slurs, bigoted humor, and identity policing are commonplace. That culture makes room for anti-LGBTQ+ physical and sexual assault. Removing or limiting access to guns will not change the culture or eliminate assaults on LGBTQ+ people, but it would drastically reduce the ability for those assaults to result in human deaths.

Our communities are also disproportionately affected by gun violence because stigma and isolation put us at greater risk of suicide. Though mass shootings have caught the attention of the nation, it is suicide—not homicide—that accounts for two-thirds of gun related deaths. LGB adults are four times as likely as the general population to have attempted suicide at least once in their life, while transgender adults are ten times as likely.

Again, reducing access to guns does not address the root cause of LGBTQ+ suicide ideation or attempts, but it does reduce the ability of those attempts to result in death. States that have reduced the prevalence and availability of guns have seen dramatic drops in suicide rates, simply because the available methods of suicide are not as immediately irreversible.

There are two actions you can take right now to reduce gun violence in Ohio and the U.S.:

  1. Pressure Your State Legislators to Support Governor DeWine’s 17-point plan.

Following the devastating mass shooting in Dayton, Governor DeWine introduced a 17-point plan to reduce gun violence in Ohio, including a version of the “red flag” law, expanded background checks, and other gun control proposals.

Contact your legislators today and ask them to support Governor DeWine’s common sense steps to reduce gun violence in Ohio.

  1. Tell Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act!

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) prohibits those convicted of—or under a restraining order for—abusing their spouses from possessing guns. The revised version of VAWA already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives extends that protection by preventing abusive dating partners and stalkers—in addition to spouses—from possessing guns. The addition of “dating partners” to this restriction is critical to reducing intimate partner gun violence within the LGBTQ+ community.

Contact Senators Portman and Brown today and urge them to support a Senate Version of the Violence Against Women Act.

We know from previous attempts to reduce access to fire arms, our legislators routinely turn their backs on these life-saving measures once the focus shifts away from the latest massacre.

We must, therefore, be as persistent as this epidemic is deadly. We must keep the pressure on Ohio’s lawmakers and insist they do their job to protect us from one of the most devastating public health issues of our time. LGBTQ+ lives depend on it.

Aaron Eckhardt is the director of BRAVO.



We are Walnut Hills muralMEDICAL & PHARMACY | Cincinnati Medical Center and Pharmacy to Open Winter 2019/2020

Coming soon to Walnut Hills! Construction is soon to begin at 2805 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati—the future site of our next medical center and pharmacy. Once open, our Cincinnati Medical Center will be the only primary care office in the North Walnut Hills neighborhood, and Equitas Health Pharmacy will be only the second pharmacy in the area. And we are bringing jobs to the region! We are currently recruiting medical assistants, medical receptionists, nurse practitioners (primary care and psychiatric), behavioral health therapists, a pharmacy manager, and pharmacy techs. For more information, visit, or contact Human Resources Manager Rachel Batista. Sign up for our Cincinnati updates here.

Pushe Play Masquerage 2019DEVELOPMENT | Masquerage Pushes Play

Don’t miss Dayton’s annual “Party of Parties for a Cause”! This year’s Masquerage theme, Push Play, invites guests to come costumed in your favorite gaming gear. From Candyland to cosplay, bid whist to Breath of the Wild, we can’t wait to see what you come up with! And of course, your ticket purchase will help us provide respectful and affirming HIV treatment, prevention, counseling, and advocacy services and culturally competent primary care for the LGBTQ+ community of greater Dayton.  Masquerage 2019 will be October 19 at 804 East Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio.


Art for Life logoSPECIAL EVENTS | Art for Life Celebrates 30 Years with Gratitude

For 30 years, Art for Life, a biennial art auction, has raised awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS medical care, prevention, education, testing, and advocacy services. Since the early days of the AIDS crisis when associating with the movement was laden with stigma, the art community—collectors, museums, galleries, art lovers, and the artists themselves—has been fearless in aligning with those most in need and those who would offer them care. This year—during the Art for Life “off” year—we are celebrating that legacy of creativity and hope. During the next month, our social media feeds will feature Art for Life memorabilia and the art that has fueled this legacy. We will also remember the work of the movement and the lives lived and lost to HIV/AIDS. If you have Art for Life memories or pictures to share, please join our gratitude trail by posting and tagging @equitashealth. And thank you for 30 years of critical support!

Equitsa Health staff at a Pride festivalCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT | Equitas Health Staff Celebrated Pride Across Ohio

What a season! And what a whole lot of Pride! This summer Equitas Health staff gave health information and safer sex supplies, provided testing, and probably did a little dancing at two dozen Pride festivals across Ohio and into northern Kentucky and West Virginia. It’s our favorite season of the year because we get to meet so many people and hear your stories of accessing care. We are better for knowing you. So until next summer, Happy Pride!

Prism Health North Texas Pharmacy storefrontPHARMACY | Prism Health Pharmacy to Open in Dallas

Equitas Health has formed a partnership with Prism Health North Texas (PHNTX), an integrated HIV care provider with health centers in Dallas. We are set to open a pharmacy next to one of PHNTX’s health centers in early October. The new pharmacy—our fourth pharmacy and first location in Texas—will operate under the name Prism Health North Texas Pharmacy and will serve PHNTX patients and provide pharmacy service to a community that experiences some of the highest rates of chronic health conditions in the U.S.


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Loud & Proud rainbow covering piece of art workSEPT 27 | Loud & Proud Season 2 Kick-off Party, Columbus Museum of Art

Equitas Health and Prizm Magazine are proud to sponsor Loud & Proud, the Columbus Museum of Art’s LGBTQ and Allied membership, set to launch its second season. Please join us at the Loud & Proud Season Kick-Off Party for light refreshments, a cash bar, surprise performances by LGBTQ artists, and the uniquely mixed music of DJ Moxy. This event is 21+, free, and open to the community. More info.

SEPT 27-29 | A Night of Broadway | To Benefit BRAVO

Join us for the 5th annual A Night of Broadway, founded by Shane Trace & Cassandra Taylor as a way to raise money for the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO). This year the tradition continues in a new and exciting way as we perform a semi-staged version of The Secret Garden featuring a star studded cast of Central Ohio talent! Four shows at the Garden Theater in Columbus’ Short North. Don’t miss out! Purchase your tickets today.

OCT 9 | Cincinnati Name and Gender Change Clinic

Equitas Health and TransOhio invite you to attend our FREE legal clinic. Trained volunteers will provide one-on-one counseling to help navigate the process of updating your identity documents with an attorney on site. Register today for this clinic at the University of Cincinnati.


Mozaic 1 Year AnniversaryOCT 11 | Mozaic Open House

Join us for a day of food, fun, music, and community dialogue as we celebrate 1 year of Mozaic’s drop in and HIV testing space. Interfaith Blessing begins at 8AM. Live music, spoke word, and interactive activities 11AM-7:30PM. More info at


Transforming Care Conference on LGBTQ+ and HIV Health EquityOCT 17-18 | Transforming Care Conference

Over 500 activists, academics, community members, and health & social service professionals come together to learn, not only from research and best practices, but from each other’s life experiences. Learn more and register at


Health provider listening to patient's heart beatOCT 17 | TCC Wellness Fair

The Transforming Care Wellness Fair is open to the public. Visit the Fawcett Center, 11AM-1PM on October 17 for HIV/STI Testing, Dental Screenings, Blood Pressure Screenings, Heart Screenings, Suicide Prevention Services, and more. More info at

I tried to get on PrEP, but my provider said ... "Elevate your Voice Oct 17OCT 17 | Elevate Your Voice!

Listen between the lines to a series of multi-modal personal presentations featuring firsthand accounts from LGBTQ+ people experiencing, navigating, and/or avoiding healthcare and social services. This repeat performance from the Transforming Care Conference will be open to the public, 6:30-7:30PM, at the Fawcett Center. More info at

Radiology technician helps trans man position his breast on the mammography machine.OCT 18 | LBTQ+ Affirming Mammograms (FREE to those who qualify)

LBTQ+ Affirming Mammograms at the Transforming Care Conference! The Center for Cancer Health Equity and OSUCCC James Cancer Mobile Mammography Unit will be on site at the Fawcett Center to offer mammograms on Friday, October 18, 10:30AM-1:30PM. FREE for those without insurance who meet income guidelines. Public and private insurance accepted. Call ahead or drop in! (614) 688-6071. Find LBTQ+ mammogram recommendations at

Pushe Play Masquerage 2019OCT 19 | Masquerage

Don’t miss Dayton’s annual “Party of Parties for a Cause,” Masquerage! Since its inception in 2002, Masquerage has raised awareness and more than $1,250,000 to support HIV treatment, prevention, and support services and LGBTQ+ care. Buy your tickets today, so you’ll have plenty of time to procure your disguise!

OCT 23 | Bowling Green Name and Gender Change Clinic

Equitas Health and TransOhio invite you to attend our FREE legal clinic. Trained volunteers will provide one-on-one counseling to help navigate the process of updating your identity documents with an attorney on site.  Register today for this free legal clinic at Bowling Green State University.

Go Topless Once A YearOCT 31 | LGBTQ+ Cancer Prevention Fair

Why do LGBTQ+ people have poorer cancer outcomes? Previous bad experiences with healthcare keep us from routine screenings and early detection. Only YOU have the power to break that cycle. The Columbus Caner Clinic and the Equitas Health Institute invite you for a morning of LGBTQ+ affirming cancer screenings including: cancer risk assessments, mammograms, and skin, breast, colon, prostate, and pelvic exams/screenings. Schedule an appointment or learn about sliding fee scales at Columbus Cancer Clinic, 614-263-5006.

NOV 10 | Cleveland Name and Gender Change Clinic

Equitas Health and TransOhio invite you to attend our FREE legal clinic. Trained volunteers will provide one-on-one counseling to help navigate the process of updating your identity documents with an attorney on site. Register today for this free legal clinic at the ACLU Ohio, Cleveland office.







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7/27/2019 | Columbus Dispatch | Veggie Van Brings Fresh, Healthy Produce to Underserved Areas of Columbus

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7/10/2019 | DCEO Healthcare | Prism Health Partners with Equitas to Provide Life-Saving Drugs in South Dallas

7/5/2019 | Dallas Business Journal | New Pharmacy Aims for Equitable Care in Dallas

6/25/2019 | | Equitas Health Holds “Go Topless Once a Year” in Cincinnati

6/19/2019 | Dayton Daily News | Equitas Health Expanding Dayton Medical Office