Ci3 Intern Receives Two-Year Fellowship for Work With LGBTQ Youth

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Ci3 intern Kara Ingelhart, a third-year student at The University of Chicago Law School, has been awarded a Skadden Fellowship. The prestigious two-year fellowship will support Ingelhart’s work with LGBTQ youth with juvenile or criminal records by addressing the many barriers they face in housing, employment and educational opportunities. The Skadden Fellowship Program was established in 1988 to commemorate the law firm’s 40th anniversary, and has been described as a “legal Peace Corps.”

At Ci3, Ingelhart works with Executive Director Dr. Brandon Hill on the Transgender Military Mental Health project. Her internship is supported by the Quern Endowment, a fellowship through the Graduate Program in Health and Administration Policy that supports projects aimed at developing students’ leadership skills in the fields of health policy and management.

Congratulations, Kara!

Section/Ci3 Study Featured in IUD Community Newsletter

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A research study co-authored by Section staff, Ci3 Founder and Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam and Ci3 Executive Director Dr. Brandon Hill was recently featured in the IUD Community Newsletter. “Impact of a theory-based video on initiation of long-action reversible contraception after abortion” was published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Fellowship of Family Planning in April 2014. Read the abstract here.

Ci3 Welcomes New Executive Director, Dr. Brandon Hill

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Ci3 (the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health at The University of Chicago) is pleased to introduce its new Executive Director, Brandon Hill, PhD.

Dr. Hill joined Ci3 in July 2013. Previously, he worked at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. In the past year, Dr. Hill has concentrated on interdisciplinary research, with a special focus on STI/HIV prevention interventions, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health, and health disparities. His current projects include studies examining mental and physical health disparities among racial and sexual minorities—particularly young transgender women of color and young men who have sex with men.

Recently, Dr. Hill coauthored the article “Digital Media and Sexually Transmitted Infections” in this month’s Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and commented on transgender service member mental health in JAMA Psychiatry.

“Over the past year and a half, Ci3 has demonstrated the importance of linking programs, research, and policy,” said Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Ci3 Founder and Director. She added, “Dr. Hill brings research expertise and experience in interdisciplinary research with diverse populations. We now have a terrific opportunity to build on the foundation that Angela Heimburger [departing Executive Director] has established as Ci3 continues to develop as a hub for innovative research focused on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing, linking our intervention lab, the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, with research and policy.”

“I am thrilled to oversee such a dynamic academic center [Ci3], and look forward to its continued growth both nationally and globally as we roll out our future research initiatives,” Hill stated. Dr. Hill will begin his position September 1st.

For more information please contact Lauren Whalen, Ci3 Communications Manager, at or 773-834-8351.