Lydia Hamilton is a research associate with the Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Hamilton is an applied health researcher and public health advocate. Her research is primarily qualitative and focuses on women’s reproductive health, human lactation and breast/breastfeeding, and health inequities. In addition to research, she has taught undergraduate courses on personal health, women’s health, stress management, and global health at Indiana University and DePauw University.
Lydia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College, and a Master of Public Health from Indiana University-Bloomington.
I am a passionate public health professional and applied health researcher with twenty years of experience that includes managerial, administrative, customer and client service, research, program assessment and evaluation, and implementation of public health programming. I have diverse research experience utilizing theory-driven, qualitative, online and telephone survey methodologies. Using qualitative research and mixed-methods, I have led, and participated in, various studies about health disparities (e.g., racial disparities in birth care and infant mortality) and women’s health (e.g., breastfeeding, African American midwives). I am also the board treasurer and volunteer for a local nonprofit organization that provides a drop-in breastfeeding support group, Milk Matters. My personal experience with an incomplete spinal cord injury prompted a desire to expand my research to include disabilities.
- Women’s health
- Health disparities
- Health equity
- Qualitative methodology
- Guerra-Reyes, L., & Hamilton, L. J. (2017). Racial disparities in birth care: Exploring the perceived role of African-American women providing midwifery care and birth support in the United States. Women and Birth, 30(1), e9-e16.
- Hamilton, L. J. (2017). We are saving babies: An integrated model of human milk banking in the Midwest United States. Journal of Human Lactation, 33(4), 790-814.
- Hamilton, L. J. (2018, April). An organizational self-assessment of “Milk matters: A drop in gathering for parents & babies” an infant feeding support group. Student poster session at the Indiana Public Health Association Public Health Month Conference, Bloomington, IN.
- Hamilton, L. J. (2017, March). We are saving babies: An integrated model of human milk banking in the Midwest US. Presenter discussion session at the 12th Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.