To lead efforts addressing health disparities in biomedical research and its workforce, the National Institute on Aging is pleased to welcome Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H. Hill joins NIA as the new Director of the Office of Special Populations. In this position he will help facilitate studies focused on health disparities; facilitate the development of initiatives to enhance NIA’s research and training efforts targeting underrepresented groups, including minorities and women; and provide advice and guidance to senior staff on health research related to special populations.
“Dr. Hill’s experience and innovative ideas for addressing health disparities will enrich NIA’s existing initiatives, as well as generate new ideas and approaches,” said Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Director of NIA. “Reducing health disparities is a top priority for the Institute, even more so as the aging population becomes larger and more diverse.”
The demographics of aging are changing dramatically, according to the most recent federal report, “Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being.” In 2010, non-Hispanic whites accounted for 80 percent of the U.S. older population; projections for 2050 indicate that the composition of the older population will be 58 percent non-Hispanic whites, with increasing proportions of Hispanic, Black and Asian older Americans.
Hill comes to NIA from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where he was a Contract Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) with the National Children’s Study after serving as Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) for the Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) in the NICHD Division of Special Populations. Before NICHD, Hill was an HSA with the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (now the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities). He is the current chair of the trans-NIH Special Populations Research Forum and member of the NIH Diversity Council.
“The science of considering populations that are disproportionately affected by various health outcomes is critical for protecting public health. Research suggests that what we experience in early life and through adulthood can significantly influence our ability to thrive as seniors. With my previous experience at NIMHD and child health and now at the aging institute, I’m excited for the opportunity to address health disparities across the lifespan,” said Hill. “I especially look forward to working with the amazing community of scientists at NIA to continue this work.”
Hill was a member of the inaugural class of the Master of Public Health program at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He later joined the charter class of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS), where he worked on the CDC's 1997 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), helped to establish the Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University, and implemented a local version of the YRBS in Harris County, Texas. Upon completing the PHPS program, Hill was a research fellow at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and joined the W.K. Kellogg Doctoral Fellowship Program in Health Policy at Michigan. He completed his dissertation research on the influence of ethnicity, stress, and coping on black men's health at the Michigan’s Institute of Social Research Program for Research on Black Americans. Most recently, Hill has teamed with extramural investigators at Morgan State and Central Florida Universities to publish a public health and health disparities approach to crime and violence.
“Dr. Hill’s career demonstrates a long dedication to supporting the health needs of our most vulnerable populations. We are thrilled to have him be part of the NIA team and join us in helping to improve the health of all older Americans,” said NIA Deputy Director, Marie A. Bernard, M.D.