Equitas Health and CCAD establish historic partnership

Jun 15, 2018
Equitas Health Partners with CCAD

COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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.

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu

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.

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. http://equitashealth.com/

Media contacts

Jeannie Nuss
Senior Media Relations Specialist 
Columbus College of Art & Design

Laura Mesones
Director of Marketing and Communications
Equitas Health