Heike Thiel De Bocanegra, MPH, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Department||Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences|
|Address||1615 Capitol Ave, Ste 73.430|
MS8400, PO Box 997413
Sacramento CA 95899
|New York University||PhD International Community Health Education ||Steinhardt School of Education||1997|
|University of California, Chapel Hill||MPH; Health Behavior Health Education||School of Public Health ||1991|
|University of Bielefeld||MA, Psychology||Department of Psychology ||1982|
Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor at the Bixby Center for Global Health, Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco. From 2005 to 2014, she was director of the UCSF evaluation of California’s Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) program, she was responsible for studies and ad-hoc analyses that included estimating the program’s impact on increasing access to publicly funded family planning services, decreasing teen birth rates, and ensuring appropriate birth spacing. Heike is part of the research team of the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative, where she explores women’s preference and availability of postpartum contraception. She is also principal investigator of a medical chart review of the quality of family planning services among managed care providers and co-investigator at a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to increase adherence to cervical cancer screening guidelines.
Prior to moving to California in in 2005, Heike conducted applied health service research projects and program evaluation with a focus on immigrants, refugees and victims of crime, trauma, and violence in New York. Internationally, she oversaw program implementation, evaluation and policy work in Peru, where she also lived for seven years, Kosovo, Vietnam, South Africa, and Mexico.
Heike obtained her MA in psychology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her doctoral degree in International Community Health Education from New York University. Her doctoral dissertation explored predictors of breastfeeding among immigrant women in New York City.
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