Charis is a disabled chronic disease advocate, writer, speaker and model living with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She graduated in 2009 from Meredith College, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Sociology and minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She is also a self-titled Episcopal Geek and gives really good hugs. When able, she enjoys sewing, cooking (she’s mostly vegan), gardening, soccer, running, and her two very furry Maine-coon mixed cats, Dora and Juno.
Charis’ story has been featured in dozens of publications and media outlets including Arthritis Today Magazine, Mother Jones, CNBC, the Associated Press, and in an upcoming documentary, Becoming Incurable (June 14, 2019 premiere). She is a Sacramento Women’s March and TEDx speaker and has spoken on healthcare panels, with pharmaceutical organizations and in legislative hearings. Charis has also been instrumental in creating disease treatment guidelines; has helped design and conduct patient-centered rheumatological research; has helped form international criteria for disease treatment outcomes; and is consistently involved in multiple nationwide/worldwide advocacy, awareness, and legislative campaigns to improve spondylitis education, funding, and access to treatment.
In 2014 Charis was awarded the Progress in Policy Award by the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region for her efforts in statewide and national legislative advocacy efforts. She co-leads the Sacramento area Spondylitis Association of America Support Group and is a volunteer member of the Spondylitis Association of America advocacy committee. Charis was a Deputy to the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.
Charis is available for speaking engagements, awareness campaigns, press inquiries, and more.
Reach by email: Charis.Anna.Hill[at]gmail.com
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