Visiting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
5131 Public Health
Primary Phone: 967-179-8629
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Full bibliography: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/ashley.hill.1/bibliography/public/