Research | Equitas Health

We envision a world in which community-engaged research can promote health equity for LGBTQ+, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) folks and those living with HIV or affected by HIV.


Why does Equitas Health have a research department? How does research matter for LGBTQ+, HIV+, BIPOC communities?

  • Marginalized communities often receive less attention in traditional research.
  • Marginalized communities have historically experienced harm at the hands of research. We can build trust and community through engagement.
  • With a solid research foundation, we learn more about the patients and populations we serve – and how we can serve them better!
  • Research done will be put right back into supporting clinical care and prevention efforts.
  • Few research programs outside of traditional academia are in LGBTQ+/ HIV/ BIPOC population focused clinical organizations.


Current Research Areas

HIV/AIDS, Prep, Breast/Chest Health, Aging, Transgender Health, Tobacco Use in The LGBTQ+ Community, Systems Thinking and Systems Science in Public Health, Health Disparities, Bioethics, COVID-19


Some Current and Past Partnerships:

  • NEST Study with The Ohio State University College of Public Health (syphilis elimination study);
  • National Couples Health Assessment Test (NCHAT), University of Minnesota
  • Virtual Reality as an Education Tool for Elimination of Health Disparities in the Transgender Community, Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine
  • VARIAT Simulation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (SOGI Training for Ohio Medicaid Providers)
  • Project RESIST (Tobacco Cessation Study with Sexual Minority Women), Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania,
  • The PRIDE Study (Stanford University)
  • The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital/ College of Nursing, breast/chest cancer and support persons experiences
  • The Ohio State University College of Public Health, tobacco messaging and Ohio Quit Line knowledge


Original Research

Our original research shines a light on the health disparities in the populations we serve – and how to reduce them.

  • Lesbian Health Needs Assessment
  • LGBTQ+ Aging Report
  • Mixed methods study of Negative Experiences of Lesbians in Healthcare Settings
  • LGBTQ+ Bioethics
  • Systems Thinking/ Systems Science and BIPOC and LGBTQ+ health disparities
  • Breast/Chest care among sexual and gender minorities
  • PrEP usage among college students
Midwest SGM Health Research Consortium

The Midwest SGM (Sexual and Gender Minorities) Health Research Consortium is a collaboration between university researchers and community partners who share the common goal of mobilizing facilitating SGM health research with a community engaged focus. Current members represent states, universities, and medical centers across the Midwest. Established in 2019, the Consortium is managed by the Equitas Health Institute.

CRAB (LGBTQ+ Community Research Advisory Board)

CRAB provides an opportunity for the sexual and gender minority community to voice their insight and feedback on the Equitas Health Institute’s research aims and projects.



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Equitas Health Institute

The education, research, and patient empowerment division of Equitas Health, focused on reducing LGBTQ+, HIV, and BIPOC health disparities.

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