Alex B. Hill

Urban Health
(313) 577-1901


Alex B. Hill holds a Masters in Medical Anthropology from Wayne State University and a Bachelors in International Relations and African Studies from Michigan State University. He is the founder and lead cartographer of DETROITography, a map blog about Detroit and regularly offers community workshops on data and mapping, called Maptime, in collaboration with community groups across the city. His notable research initiatives include the Detroit Food Map Initiative exploring perception and access to food in Detroit as well as Flint, Battle Creek, and Oakland County since 2011. Alex currently teaches on geography, public health, and urban issues for the Public Health Program and Department of Urban Studies and Planning.


He has served as the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Program Manager at the Detroit Health Department where he oversaw city-level strategy related to the food system, built environment, school wellness, and health care collaboration. Alex previously worked at the Pediatric Prevention Research Center at Wayne State University addressing issues of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and HIV among African-American adolescents. Alex’s projects and research focus on the need for greater community involvement at all levels and specifically highlight the intersections of power, privilege, and race.


Alex is focusing his efforts on geospatial work at the Center, supporting digital and web mapping efforts. His primary project will be supporting the PHOENIX (Population Health OutcomEs aNd Information eXchange) project which will be generating community-level risk scores based on electronic health record data in order to better target and address the social determinants of chronic diseases.