Black History Month Profile - Janine Hill

In honor of Black History Month, EverThrive Illinois is featuring profiles of black leaders in maternal and child health. The final profile for this month is on exiting EverThrive IL Executive Director, Janine Hill. 


JLewis1 2Janine Hill, MPH, PhD(c)

Janine Hill is from Evanston, a suburb just north of Chicago. Originally a pre-medical student at Georgetown, Janine obtained her B.S. in Biology, with a Spanish minor. Unsure about being a physician, but confident in her love for health, Janine pursued research at the University of Chicago following graduation. Between time at the bench and guidance from her best friend, Janine found her niche in the realm of public health. She obtained her MPH from Boston University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs, methods, and policies at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. With 17 years in the MCH field, Janine leaves a mark everywhere she goes. From being an Associate Director of Program Services at March of Dimes, to President of Lewis Health Solutions, and as Executive Director at EverThrive Illinois, Janine’s leadership, vision, and hard work has benefited countless women, children, and families. Janine is leaving EverThrive Illinois to pursue executive coaching to help non-profit leaders maximize their leadership potential, while teaching, and completing her dissertation.
Janine is most passionate about making sure all moms and children have opportunities. She believes that everyone has the right to be what they want to be, to live in safe neighborhoods, to get an education, and to be in good health. Janine is driven by impacting people, and loves how working with others on policy, advocacy, and programming efforts affects peoples’ lives. She believes that the MCH field is filled with fabulous, smart, passionate, and engaged individuals who want to do the right thing, and that's what keeps her engaged and motivated in her work. One of Janine’s fondest memories in the field was the time she spent at Cook County Jail for monthly educational sessions, early in her tenure at EverThrive IL. She saw the need in the prison system and had a good time with the women, ultimately learning more from them than they from her. 
Janine is an accomplished champion for maternal and child health. She is a lecturer in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. She has also given numerous presentations over the years, and has participated in several conferences as a panel speaker. Some of her awards include the President’s Award from Family Focus Our Place, the AMCHP Region V 2015 Young MCH Professional Award, and the 2015 MCH Section Young Professional Award from the American Public Health Association. In addition to all of her accomplishments, Janine is also a singer in her church choir. For Janine, Black History Month means two things – 1) It is a call to action for all people to think about how we value and treat African-Americans, and 2) It is a celebration of African American trials, tribulations, accomplishments, achievements, and an enduring spirit as a people.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017