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AIDS Resource Center Now Equitas Health

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Jerry Kenney
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AIDS Resource Center Ohio has announced a name change for the organization and a shift in their mission focus. At a news conference on Monday, the organization announced their new name, Equitas Health—equitas is a Latin word meaning justice, fairness, and equity.

 

President and CEO, Bill Hardy says the HIV/AIDS treatment services the organization has provided since 1984 will continue but their expansion as an overall health care provider is one that similar organizations around the country are experiencing.

 

“Based on a number of changes, including an emerging population, which is the LGBTQ population, we have decided that we will focus our prevention and care and health and wellness services to meet the needs of the LGBT Community and others needing a welcoming healthcare environment as well," he said.

 

ARC Ohio added pharmacy services in just the last couple of years and now Equitas Health will also provide behavioral health, dentistry, medical care and health and wellness education as part of their services.

 

The current operating budget for the non-profit organization is $44 million dollars. They serve close to 45,000 Ohioans annually, including more than 5000 who are HIV positive and some 2000 clients at their clinics in Dayton and Columbus.

 

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.