Equitas Health Institute | Equitas Health

The Equitas Health Institute is the education, research, and patient empowerment division of Equitas Health. Our innovative programs, tailored education solutions, and original research support and empower people living with HIV, the LGBTQ+ community, and BIPOC communities. We bring together public health experts, providers, patients, and community partners to advocate for our communities and better health for all.

 

Our Work

Education Programs

Transforming community, healthcare, and corporate settings to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion and health.

Research

Exploring, contextualizing, and finding solutions for health disparities in the communities we serve.

Conferences
& Events

Bringing together providers, researchers, patients, students, and community members around LGBTQ+ and HIV health.

What We Believe

  • Transformative learning and community-engaged research make a difference for communities, employees, and patients.
  • Inclusive workplaces and healthcare settings benefit everyone.
  • Community and patient voices belong at the center of health education and research.

Institute Resources

(Blog, Patient Empowerment Literature, Research Reports)

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Equitas Health Institute

Our Team

Associate Director of Research

Michele Battle-Fisher, MPH

Michele Battle-Fisher (she, her, hers) leads the Equitas Health Institute’s research efforts to better the health of LGBTQ+ people and those left out or kept out of traditional healthcare. She has degrees in public health and African American studies from The Ohio State University. She also completed doctoral work in public health and communication studies. She now studies systems science at the doctoral level. Michele is a researcher and instructor at Temple University.

Before joining Equitas Health, she was an assistant program director and instructor at Wright State University’s Master of Public Health Program. She is still on the faculty as an adjunct assistant professor in Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. Michele is the author of Application of Systems Thinking to Health Policy and Public Health Ethics – Public Health and Private Illness (Springer). Her book was recognized as a 2016 Doody’s Core Title and deemed vital to medical training. She belongs to the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science and is a Research Scholar for the Ronin Institute. Michele shared her expertise on systems science at the 2018 TEDxDartmouth. She has spent over 20 years in public service and teaching at the college level. She has worked for Ohio Medicaid, KidsOhio.org, Columbus AIDS Task Force, and Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine (HCOM). A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Michele lives in Central Ohio with her spouse and two children.

Associate Director of Education

Jan Huebenthal, PhD

Dr. Jan Huebenthal (he,him,his) is the Associate Director of Education at the Equitas Health Institute. Leveraging his expertise in teaching and learning, public health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, Jan leads instructional design initiatives and drives public thought leadership in LGBTQ+ and HIV health equity. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of the LGBT Center at Ohio University where he also taught in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Cutler Scholars programs. Jan holds a PhD in American Studies from William & Mary where he was a Michael R. Halleran Dissertation Fellow. His research focuses on the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and its attendant racial inequities. Jan’s writing has appeared in the Radical History Review (Duke University Press) and the European Journal of American Studies. A German-American dual citizen and proud graduate of the Universität Bremen, Jan lives in Athens, Ohio, with his husband and their beagle mix Lobo.

 

Instructional Design Program Manager

John Grove

John Grove (he, him, his) is the Instructional Design Program Manager at the Equitas Health Institute. He works to advance organizational goals through enhanced performance. His training and development initiatives aim to equip staff with crucial knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Before joining Equitas Health Institute, John was the Education Program Manager at Elevated. He supported the design, development, and delivery of learning experiences—like webinars and e-Learning modules—for a portfolio that generated $1m+ in annual revenue. Previously, John was the Dean of Culture and Response to Intervention Manager at Breakthrough Public Schools in Cleveland, Ohio. His responsibilities included coaching educators in culturally responsive teaching practices, implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) interventions, and creating professional development sessions to advance student agency. John graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Berea College. He lives in Southwest Ohio.

Research Associate

Rachel Hetrick

Rachel Hetrick (she, her, hers) is a Research Associate at the Equitas Health Institute responsible for internal and qualitative health disparities research. Rachel is completing her Master of Public Health, specializing in epidemiology, at the Ohio State University. She has a BS in psychology and a BA in public health education from Otterbein University. Her research experience and interests have focused on social and psychiatric epidemiology, with the intent to promote health equity. She also has implemented and led Public Health and Sexual Health community education fairs.

Lead Trainer

Ramona Peel, MA

As the Lead Trainer for The Equitas Health Institute, Ramona Peel (she, her, hers) collaborates on creating the Institute’s training programs and leads the delivery of training to internal and external audiences. Ramona is also a Political Science Lecturer at the Newark branch of The Ohio State University. In addition, her lived experience as a trans woman informs and enriches her work.

Ramona has 17 years of classroom teaching experience, and her work was recognized by the Ohio State University Political Science Department in 2004 when they awarded her the Henry R. Spencer Award for Distinguished Teaching. Her varied background also includes social science research, broadcasting, and journalism. In April 2017, she was a contributor and guest editor for that month’s issue of (614) Magazine. In February 2018 she was featured in an article that ran in Harper’s Magazine. Her writing has appeared in PRIZM Magazine and the Ohio Family Physician Magazine.

Ramona has a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1997. She lives in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus and has two wonderful, supportive children. She is a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan and Star Wars geek.

Education Administrative Coordinator

Lindsay Radomski

Lindsay Radomski (she, her, hers) serves as the Education Administrative Coordinator, where she assists the team in efforts to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ communities and medically underserved populations. Previously, she worked as the Administrative Specialist for Ohio University in the Department of Social and Public Health assisting with the Appalachia Rural Health Institute. Responsibilities included providing administrative support, conference planning, purchasing and daily operations, as well as teaching a learning community course for incoming undecided freshman in the College of Health Sciences to provide resources for success in college. While employed by Ohio University, she garnered recognition for her exemplary work as the 2018 December Classified Employee of the Month and the 2020 Women’s Center Hidden Gem Award. Lindsay earned a B.S. in Psychology from Ohio University with certificates in Diversity and Women & Gender Studies. She resides with her cat, Annabelle, in Columbus, Ohio.

Research Associate

Stella Sheke

Stella Sheke is currently a Research Associate at the Equitas Health Institute where she performs research on various health disparities, impacting the LGBTQ+ community. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Ohio University (OU), and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Stella’s research focuses on addressing the health and well-being of minority populations. She has worked on multiple public health projects, focusing on the planning, promotion, execution, and implementation of research that addresses health disparities in communities disadvantaged by systemic racism and institutional bias. In addition to research, Stella has experience in the curriculum design and development of a variety of public health courses.