Join us for our upcoming Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture featuring Dr. Ricky Hill!
This lecture will be on Thursday, December 20 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400. Lunch will be served and this event will be available to stream via BlueJeans. ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series is generously cosponsored by Northwestern Medicine.
Partnering with the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, researcher Ricky Hill used a community-based participatory approach to create a Photovoice project defining health and wellness related needs as identified by the transgender and gender non-conforming community. The purpose of the study is to utilize visual communication and community-based methods to identify and understand ways transgender and gender non-conforming people living in Albuquerque, New Mexico communicate about and understand their health and wellness needs, and the health and wellness needs of their community. Emergent themes recognized by the participants highlight various challenges and strengths to health and wellness for transgender and gender non-conforming people. This talk will discuss the themes revealed, as well as ethical matters and other issues to consider when engaging in community-based participatory research.
Ricky Hill, Ph.D., (they/them) is a research associate at ISGMH directing the 2GETHER Project. Prior to coming to ISGMH, Ricky worked at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination at the University of Chicago, helping develop and launch a youth drop-in space on the South Side and working on various network-based HIV-prevention and testing initiatives. Before Chicago, they called New Mexico home, developing and implementing various HIV and LGBTQ+ behavioral health interventions across the state and southwest region. They served as a volunteer and youth group facilitator at the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico while completing their doctoral work in Health Communication through the University of New Mexico. Their dissertation project, Trans/formations: A Photovoice Assessment of Transgender People’s Wellness, utilizes Photovoice, a community-centered photography methodology, with transgender and gender nonconforming people in Albuquerque, NM, creating a visual, community-driven health and wellness assessment. Ricky also holds an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas-Austin, and a B.A. in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe. Outside of the office, they love college (Jayhawks) and professional (Thunder) basketball, all forms of urban gardening, and spoiling their orange tabby cat, Kimchi Lox Fenton Messinger-Hill.