Ashley V. Hill, DrPH, MPH

Visiting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Contact

5131 Public Health
R-znvy: NIU61@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8629
Fax: 967-179-2842

Assistant(s): 
Ellen Mooney, ryz664@cvgg.rqh, 967-179-6808

Personal Statement

My research aims to reduce disparities in sexually transmitted infections (STI) and reproductive sequela for young people. Specifically, I examine social determinants of adverse sexual and reproductive outcomes with the long-term goal of developing strategies to reduce reproductive morbidity. This research will ultimately dismantle systems that prohibit reproductive health equity. I have taken a novel approach to this serious public health issue by applying a syndemic framework to examine multiple contributors that increase risk of STIs in young adults. As a reproductive epidemiologist, my research agenda is grounded in syndemics, Critical Race and Public Health Critical Race theoretical frameworks that integrates epidemiologic study design, intervention development and community partnered research. My research findings to date highlight the need for multilevel approaches to addressing systemic inequities that heavily influence women’s environments, behaviors, and experiences. My research goals are to (1) develop measures of structural inequity, (2) understand the influence of discrimination on minority women’s sexual health, and (3) develop and assess feasibility and efficacy of multilevel interventions addressing structural inequity, interpersonal and individual level risk for adverse reproductive health. 


Education

2012 | Spelman College, Atlanta, GA | Bachelor of Science 

2014 | Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA | Master of Public Health 

2019 | Texas A&M University | Doctor of Public Health


Grants

  1. Seed Special Cycle Minigrant,  (Co-PI: Hill, Stokes)                        01/10/20-12/31/21

University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost

Exploring Black Undergraduate College Women’s Experiences with Sexual Misconduct: Knowledge of Resources, Barriers to Access, and Strategies to Improve Engagement and Outcomes.

 

  1. NIH Loan Repayment Program (Health Disparities), Hill (PI)         08/13/20-7/25/22

Syndemic Indicators of Adverse Reproductive Outcomes in Black Young Women

This program provides loan repayment for scholars conducting research in the areas of health disparities. Hill’s projects for this grant relate to understand the influence syndemic co-occurring social and structural determinants of sexual and reproductive health (e.g. racism, discrimination) on disparities in pregnancy and birth outcomes.

 

  1. NIMHD Diversity Supplement, Hill (PI)                                           4/1/2021 – 3/31/2023

Exploring Indicators of Inequity and Influences on Girls Reproductive Health.

Disparities in sexually transmitted infections (STI) are stark and disproportionately impact Black girls and women. This proposed project will examine the impacts of structural inequity on sexual health. Results are expected to inform violence and STI prevention research by providing a foundation for integrating fundamental social determinants of health and intersectional frameworks into intervention design.


Professional Memberships

Member, Community Health Working Group,  Black Equity Coalition 

Member, Health and Wellness Working Group, Black Girls Equity Alliance 

Member, American Public Health Association 

Member, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologists 

Member, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine


Selected Publications

  1. Gilreath, T.D., Dangerfield, D.T., Montiel Ishino, F.A., Hill AV., & Johnson RM. Polytobacco use among a nationally-representative sample of black high school students. BMC Public Health 21, 206 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10228-7.
  2. Johnson RM, Hill AV, Jones V, Powell T, Dean L, Gilreath T. Racial/ethnic inequities in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and selected health-related behaviors and problems among Maryland adolescents. Health Promotion Practice. Accepted Feb 28, 2021. NIHMSID: 1678729; PMCID: In Press.
  3. Coulter RW, Paglisotti T, Montano G, Bodnar K, Bersamin M, Russell ST, Hill AV, Mair C, Miller E. Intersectional differences in protective school assets by sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Journal of School Health. 2021 Apr;91(4):318-30.
  4. Hill AV., Perez-Patron M, Tekwe CD, Menon R, Hairrell D, & Taylor BD. Chlamydia trachomatis is associated with medically indicated preterm birth and preeclampsia in young pregnant women. Sex Transm Dis. 2020;47(4):246‐252. doi:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001134. PubMed PMID: 32004256.
  5. Hill AV, Menon R, Perez-Patron M, Carrillo G, Xu X, Taylor BD. High-mobility group box 1 at the time of parturition in women with gestational diabetes mellitus.  Am J Reprod Immunol. 2019;82(5):e13175. doi:10.1111/aji.13175. PubMed PMID: 31353785.
  6. Hill AV, Nehme E, Elerian N, Puga ED, Taylor BD, Lakey D, Patel DA. Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Programs in Texas Hospitals Following Changes to Medicaid Reimbursement Policy.  Matern Child Health J. 2019 Jul 30;. 23(12):1595-603. doi: 10.1007/s10995-019-02763-y. PubMed PMID: 31363887.
  7. Hill AV, De Genna NM, Perez-Patron MJ, Gilreath TD, Tekwe C, Taylor BD. Identifying Syndemics for Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Young Adults in the United States: A Latent Class Analysis. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Mar;64(3):319-326. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.09.006. Epub 2018 Nov 14. PubMed PMID: 30447953.
  8. Duncan DT, Hansen AR, Woo Baidal J, Lyn R, Hill A, Zhang J. Perceived not actual overweight is associated with excessive school absenteeism among U.S. adolescents. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2017 Jul - Aug;11(4):398-405. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2016.10.286. Epub 2016 Nov 7. PubMed PMID: 27839673.
  9. Hansen AR, Duncan DT, Woo Baidal JA, Hill A, Turner SC, Zhang J. An increasing trend in health-care professionals notifying children of unhealthy weight status: NHANES 1999-2014. Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 Oct;40(10):1480-1485. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2016.85. Epub 2016 May 4. PubMed PMID: 27143033

Full bibliography:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/ashley.hill.1/bibliography/public/

Ashley V. Hill