COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Equitas Health applauds Governor Mike DeWine's decision to issue executive orders extending non-discrimination legal protections to Ohio state employees for gender identity and expression, among other new protected classes. The executive orders were signed shortly after Ohio's newest Governor took office.
"We hope it's the first step in what we hope will be a series of steps towards full equality for all Ohioans. We believe that all people, no matter where they work or live, deserve these same legal protections," said Bill Hardy, President & CEO of Equitas Health, Ohio's LGBTQ community-based healthcare system.
Equitas Health also hopes the Governor will take a science-based approach to addressing healthcare issues that affect all Ohioans, including the modernization of HIV criminalization laws. "We look forward to working with this administration to ensure that the voices of LGBTQ Ohioans are at the table as we move towards a more just and fair Ohio," said Hardy.
ABOUT EQUITAS HEALTH:
Established in 1984, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation's largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 17 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, community pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives. In 2019, the Buckeye Regional Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) became a part of Equitas Health.
The Equitas Health Pharmacy & Prizm magazine operate as social enterprises for Equitas Health; 100% of profits are reinvested back into the organization's programs and services.
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SOURCE Equitas Health