Lolita Hill Biography
Lolita Hill received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Edward Waters College. On her way to becoming a tireless and dedicated community service advocate she hailed from humble beginnings. Her mother was single, and drug addicted, and she was raised by her great-grandmother who lived for over 120 years. Lolita began work with River Region Human Services, Inc., one of the first organizations in Florida instrumental in the development of comprehensive strategies to combat substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and mental health. Ms. Hill spearheaded their renowned HIV/AIDS Outreach Department for more than 28 years. Also, she began the first program in Florida working in coordination with the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) to provide drug recognition expert (DRE) field training.
With a pioneering spirit and a relentless drive for excellence, Ms. Hill fine-tuned her experiences as an Outreach Worker, Health Services Representative, Project Coordinator and Senior Director of Outreach Services, and became adept at identifying the needs, gathering the resources for, and bringing services directly to those consumers who benefit the most, a strategy now used nationally.
As a result of her dedication and hard work, Ms. Hill has successfully managed a variety of outreach initiatives and over 40 grants, funded by the City of Jacksonville (COJ), Florida; Centers for Disease Control (CDC); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
Ms. Hill is well-respected, extremely informative, and a much sought-after speaker. She has presented at the National Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Conference; the Florida Multi-Cultural Conference on HIV/AIDS; the AIDS Summit; the Northeast Florida Women’s Awareness Conference (NEFWAC); and the CDC HIV Prevention Leadership Summit, and many others.
Ms. Hill has been recognized by her peers and contemporaries and she has been the recipient of the Northwest Behavioral Health Services Points of Excellence Award; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award for DRE field training; the World AIDS Day Trailblazer Award; the Bank of America Local Hero and Neighborhood Excellence Award; the Jacksonville Legend Award; the Florida HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Excellence Award; and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Professional of the Year Award. Her extraordinary contributions have also been recognized by Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, the American Red Cross, and numerous other organizations. Most recently in 2022, she was awarded the John Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of 33 years of service to Episcopal School of Jacksonville for girls’ basketball coaching and mentoring. She will also be honored in October 2022 by her old employer, River Region Human Services, a substance abuse/mental/HIV agency, for her significant contributions to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education at their 50 year anniversary celebration.
After more than 30 years, Ms. Hill continues her progressive, groundbreaking experience in community outreach, in substance use education, prevention, and early intervention with counseling testing, and mentoring. Her commitment to the community through Consultation as the Founder of L. Hill & Associates LLC (LH&A) continues these efforts. LH&A provides consultation, education, outreach, field training, and referral services to local organizations, law enforcement, and community groups on substance use, HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and hepatitis C.