The Equitas Health Institute works to improve the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning community members. We do this by spearheading innovative research, developing exceptional education and training curricula, and supporting comprehensive community education initiatives/programming. The Equitas Health Institute is dedicated to research that illuminates the need to combat LGBTQ+ health disparities and health of other marginalized groups disadvantaged in healthcare. In collaboration with universities and public stakeholders, Equitas Health Institute has at its core the mission of bettering the lives of the LGBTQ+ population.

Why is it important for Equitas Health to become involved in research?

First of all, there is a huge gap in research targeting the LGBTQ+ community in general. Second, Equitas Health is well respected for its commitment to improving health for those at risk of or affected by HIV, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community, and for those seeking a welcoming healthcare home. There is the opportunity to explore and affect the state of health of the population we serve. The variety of Equitas Health Institute research activities pursued reflect the diversity of the Institute’s research priority areas and the clinical needs of the organization.

We also believe that the intersectionality experienced by the queer community is also informed by social constructs outside of gender identity and sexual orientation. Equitas Health Institute will continue to support and conduct research that explores the totality of the person, including social, ethical, and systems research in social determinants in which “people are born, grow, live and age” (Kaiser Family Foundation). Research should be done with the LGBTQ+ community not merely in it, so the Institute is dedicated to engaging the communities we serve in research that affects them.

Research Program Aims


  • Foster opportunities for community engagement in research
  • Produce community-engaged and community-placed research that matters
  • Work with communities, groups, organizations and stakeholders to understand and identify community priorities that can be explored with research
  • Increase awareness for the role that research can play in solving community needs
  • Conduct original research with external research partners and internally at Equitas Health
  • Secure external funding to support research studies that support the values and mission of Equitas Health
  • Serve as a research clearinghouse for LGBTQ+ and to a less extent, broader health disparities research, including disseminating Equitas Health associated research in academic outlets and public media

What’s Hot in Equitas Health Institute Research?

Community Research Advisory Board

The Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) is Equitas Health’s initiative to give a voice to the LGBTQ+ community in research that affects them.

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Virtual Reality Curriculum Development

Equitas Health Institute received a grant in 2020 with Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Diabetes Institute, Dr. Elizabeth Beverly (Principal Investigator). The Institute will support Ohio University in the development of a Virtual Reality Curriculum introducing medical students and healthcare providers to LGBTQ+ and Trans-centered culturally competent care.

Tobacco Messaging and Queer Women

Equitas Health Institute is serving on the study team for a five year NIH funded study, Project RESIST, which is determining the effects of tobacco messaging and marketing on young adult sexual minority women. The Institute’s director, Julia Applegate, serves on the expert advisory committee for the study.





Virtual Presentations

Research Manager Michele Battle-Fisher, with Dr. Nic Flores of OSU and Kenyon College, virtually presented a workshop titled, “Centering Difference in Health Equity Research” on April 4, 2020 at the SDS@OSU Conference “Centering Difference in Health Equity Research”