Ashley V Hill


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

Selected Publications
  1. 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.
  2. 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.&nbsp Am J Reprod Immunol. 2019;82(5):e13175. doi:10.1111/aji.13175. PubMed PMID: 31353785.
  3. 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.&nbsp Matern Child Health J. 2019 Jul 30;. 23(12):1595-603. doi: 10.1007/s10995-019-02763-y. PubMed PMID: 31363887.
  4. 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.
  5. Hill AV, Geffel KM, Lavage DR, Davis A, Dwarakanath N, Ettinger AK, Ragavan M. Parent-reported intention to vaccinate children against COVID-19: Influences of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza vaccination.Clinical Pediatrics. 2021.

  6. Hill AV, Mendez DD, Haggerty CL, Miller E, De Genna NM. Syndemics of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Pregnant Young Women.Maternal and Child Health. 2022. 10.1007/s10995-021-03335-9

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