Charis is an award-winning queer disabled chronic disease advocate, writer, speaker and model living with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She/they graduated in 2009 from Meredith College, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Sociology and minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies.
Charis has spoken about disability and chronic disease at numerous events including the Sacramento Women’s March and the Sacramento Changemakers TEDx series; and has additionally spoken on healthcare panels, press conferences, legislative hearings, and with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Charis has been instrumental in creating spondyloarthritis disease treatment guidelines; designing and conducting patient-centered rheumatological research; forming 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 efforts in statewide and national legislative advocacy efforts. She/they co-lead the Spondylitis Association of America patient educational support group in Sacramento, CA 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.
When able, she/they enjoy sewing, cooking, gardening, attending Burning Man, and loving two very furry Maine-coon mixed cats, Dora and Juno.
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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