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Rusti Miller-Hill

Russelle Miller-Hill, affectionately known in the community as Rusti, is a longtime advocate and HIV survivor. Her philosophy is simple: "I found that in order to help myself, I need to help other women." She's been doing so since she learned she was HIV positive in 1991. A strong advocate for formerly incarcerated women, Rusti has dedicated the past 10 years to putting a face on women's issues ranging from childbirth and housing to correctional health. Rusti is employed at Cicatelli Associates, Inc., as a trainer with the People With AIDS Leadership Training Institute. Among other positions, Rusti serves as co-chair of The Positive Women's Network, New York City Chapter, and is a member of WORTH (Woman on the Rise Telling Her Story). She continues to garner her strength from her husband and two children, grandchildren, family and the women she serves.

Latest by Rusti Miller-Hill

The Golden Girls (and Boys): What It's _Really_ Like to Grow Older With HIV/AIDS, Part 1 Img
Personal Stories

The Golden Girls (and Boys): What It's Really Like to Grow Older With HIV/AIDS, Part 1

We invited four people over 50 who are living with HIV to sit down and talk to each other about their lives, the challenges they face and the successes they have achieved over the years.

Pregnant While Positive: My Husband, Me and Baby Made Three Img
Personal Stories

Pregnant While Positive: My Husband, Me and Baby Made Three

"The hardest part of my pregnancy wasn't carrying my baby or watching my body swell to accommodate this precious life growing inside of me. The hardest part of the pregnancy was the stigma and discrimination we felt."

A Present to Myself, on My 50th Birthday: A Blog Entry by Rusti Miller-Hill Img
Viewpoints

A Present to Myself, on My 50th Birthday: A Blog Entry by Rusti Miller-Hill

"I learned it’s not about the destination, but the journey that counts the most. My journey has been a crooked and ever-winding path; I would not change my course for anything, including my living with AIDS." On her 50th birthday, Rusti Miller-Hill r...

Where Was I When AIDS First Came on the Scene? A Blog Entry by Rusti Miller-Hill Img

Where Was I When AIDS First Came on the Scene? A Blog Entry by Rusti Miller-Hill

"I never thought that this would have an impact on my life other than hearing about it on the news. Magic Johnson and I found out around the same time!" our blogger Rusti Miller-Hill writes. She talks about the deep denial she was in when she was dia...

News

So Long to New York's HIV Care Networks: A Blog Entry by Rusti Miller-Hill

"How will the New York HIV community survive without the HIV Care Networks? By using the skills its members have built by being part of the Networks to care for itself," blogger and advocate Rusti Miller-Hill hopes. She explains the vital role that H...

Incarcerated People

Fighting for Prison Health Care Above the Norm: A Blog Entry by Rusti Miller-Hill

On June 10, 1993, I was released from Albion State Correctional Facility for Women. "91G1505," as I had been called for the last three years of my life, was no longer property of the State of New York. The road, while hard and painful, was getting re...