Rockstar Spotlight: Elliott Hinkle

We are excited to be highlighting the winners from this year’s RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition).

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Elliott Hinkle is the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity!

This award is given to an individual who distinguishes themselves in the following ways:

  • Nominee’s work shows alignment with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision for building a Culture of Health and achieving health equity.
  • Nominee’s work demonstrated success to change systems that impact health outcomes in one or more of the following areas: access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, and public safety.
  • Nominee’s work provided a solution to improve outcomes for groups most affected by health disparities.
  • Nominee’s successfully implemented a systems change approach to reduce health disparities within the past two years.

Now, let’s learn a little bit more about Rockstar, Elliott Hinkle!

Elliott Orrin Hinkle (they/them) is a skilled consultant, facilitator, trainer, and advisor focused on elevating lived experience and expertise in systems that serve children, youth, and families. Elliott has lived experience in the Wyoming Foster Care System as a young person but calls Oregon home. 

As Principal and Founder of Unicorn Solutions LLC, they are an advocate and professional that brings 10+ years’ experience on topics such as child welfare, youth mental health, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community through training, advising, and facilitating culture change efforts. They are a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Queer studies. Since 2014, Elliott has been a trainer and advisor of the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Youth Thrive initiative and is a certified trainer for Youth Thrive for Youth. They have served as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for Oregon Healthy Transitions grant funded via the Oregon Health Authority and SAMHSA.

Since August of 2019 they have been certified as a Traditional Health Worker, Youth Peer Support Specialist in the state of Oregon through the Oregon Health Authority. Most recently they served as a Lived Experience Advisory Board Member for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Equity Technical Assistance Center (ETAC). As a volunteer, Elliott serves as Board Secretary of Portland’s Bridging Voices LGBTQ+ youth chorus, the HOPE National Advisory Board and Family and Community Experts Council for HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences), and now, the Casper Pride Board of Directors! 

Their work also extends to supporting targeted requests for training, advising, and facilitation on issues ranging from LGBTQIA2S+ inclusion and competency, digital citizenship for youth, and considerations for providers supporting trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive youth in systems such as child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, the medical field and more.

To learn more and reach Elliott for support or to invite them to speak at future events, visit

Thank you, Elliott, for being a Rockstar!

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