Kineka Hull is a public health researcher with expertise in studying risk behaviors among adolescents and youth, sexuality and contraceptive use among African American Women, and working with diverse, underserved, vulnerable, and rural populations. She has led studies focusing on comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy prevention, healthy communication, and COVID-19. Dr. Hull conducts her work through classroom-based and virtual interventions, focus groups, curricula development, program design and evaluation, and secondary data analysis.
Since joining RTI in 2021, Dr. Hull has been a part of a team to evaluate healthcare disparities and health service deliveries among adolescents and young adults. She also provides training and offers technical expertise for projects supporting adolescent pregnancy prevention programs. In addition, Dr. Hull is part of a team that develops and implements a youth-centered social media campaign that promotes goal setting, healthy relationships, and healthy decision-making and develops and provides educational activities and resources for youth-serving professionals. Dr. Hull also moderates focus groups on determining African American women's contraceptive preferences.
Before joining RTI, Dr. Hull served as principal investigator for a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative funded project that organized 13 youth-serving stakeholders and provided county-wide sexual health education to sixth to ninth graders. This project reduced the county's teen pregnancy rate from third to 10th in the State over a four-year time frame. She was awarded the 2018 Lisa Clarke Bridge Builder Award for her work based on impact, establishing communication between multiple health-serving agencies, health disparity reduction, moving best practices from theory to action, and increasing advocacy for women, children, and families. Dr. Hull also led a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) community-based intervention to increase the diversity of COVID-19 contact tracers. Her project trained and employed 32 diverse, culturally competent, and responsive contact tracers and health coaches to assist with the North Carolina COVID-19 response.
Dr. Hull has over 20 years of experience teaching in higher education and still serves as an adjunct faculty member at Winston-Salem State University and Walden University. She is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the American Evaluation Association, the American Public Health Association, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the Society for College and University Planning.