Equitas Health, the healthcare system that is known for providing care to the LGBTQ community has expanded.
The on-site medical and pharmacy center now provides groceries in the King-Lincoln neighborhood. The grocery market will be a first of its kind for Equitas Health, bringing affordable food to the neighborhood.
On the third floor of the Gateway building on East Long Street tucked away in the corner, you will find the Equitas Health pharmacy.
It opened it’s doors back in 2017 in the King Lincoln District, a neighborhood lacking health care facilities. Nearly two years later, it has grown substantially.
“We went from 75 patients to 500 patients,” said Aaron Clark, chief pharmacy officer for Equitas Health.
Now Equitas has quadrupled its space and brought the No. 1 requested service to the community, a food market.
“This whole middle section we really are going to be focusing on over-the-counter medications as well as household items people might need. We are also going to have a dollar section,” said Clark.
Several community focus groups Equitas put together mentioned concerns that the neighborhood was in a food desert.
“They really weren’t on our radar prior to that focus group, but we really got the sense of that the community needed that and that is why we decided to add it to this model,” said Clark.
Clark helped lead this new added feature to the neighborhood for a year.
The market sells dairy products, produce, canned and boxed food items and includes a brand new spacious pharmacy.
The center also offers HIV and sexually transmitted disease treatment, plus primary, behavioral and dental care.
“We obviously focus on the LGBTQ community, but really we want to be a welcoming health care home and location for anyone to walk in,” he says.
The new market and pharmacy is located in the same building next door to the Lincoln Cafe.