Equitas Health and CCAD establish historic partnership

Patients in waiting room of medical center

Equitas Health and Columbus College of Art & Design are proud to announce a new partnership. In a move that will be the first of its kind for the community-based healthcare system, Equitas Health will serve as CCAD’s preferred provider of primary care and health services for all students through the Equitas Health King-Lincoln Medical Center and Pharmacy.

Located a half mile from CCAD’s campus, the King-Lincoln Medical Center and Pharmacy will give students the ability to access care prior to an emergency and avoid costly emergency room services. The partnership will also ease the strain on local hospital emergency services, which students often utilize for minor medical conditions that are treatable in a primary care setting.

“Columbus College of Art & Design is committed to fostering a culture of healthy creativity, and we’re thrilled to partner with Equitas Health to further that goal,” said Dr. Melanie Corn, CCAD President.

As one of the largest providers of LGBTQ healthcare in the country, Equitas Health is particularly suited to offer culturally relevant healthcare to the CCAD student population. According to a recent student survey, more than 35 percent of students identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. The healthcare system’s comprehensive care model will ensure that all students — regardless of their gender and sexual orientation — can access primary care, specialized LGBTQ care, Trans health services, specialized HIV care, STI testing and treatment, dental, behavioral health, medical case management and pharmacy services in one location. Services are offered on a sliding-fee scale based on income.

“When we opened our doors in the King-Lincoln neighborhood we wanted to ensure that we were reaching area residents with our services. We are thrilled to be able to provide quality comprehensive healthcare care to CCAD students,” Bill Hardy, President and CEO of Equitas Health said.

CCAD has an undergraduate and graduate student population of 1,100 students. Equitas Health’s King-Lincoln location opened in May of 2017 and is located in the King-Lincoln Gateway building at 750 E. Long Street.

CCAD students can book appointments at my.ccad.edu/health.