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Heike Thiel De Bocanegra, MPH, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentOb/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone916-384-7797
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    New York UniversityPhD International Community Health Education 1997Steinhardt School of Education
    University of California, Chapel HillMPH; Health Behavior Health Education1991School of Public Health
    University of BielefeldMA, Psychology1982Department of Psychology

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    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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    1. Schwarz EB, Braughton MY, Riedel JC, Cohen S, Logan J, Howell M, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Postpartum care and contraception provided to women with gestational and preconception diabetes in California's Medicaid program. Contraception. 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28844877.
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    2. Parker EC, Kong K, Watts LA, Schwarz EB, Darney PD, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Visits to Registered Nurses: An Opportunity to Increase Contraceptive Access in California. Nurs Res. 2017 Jul/Aug; 66(4):286-294. PMID: 28604507.
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    3. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Carter-Pokras O, Ingleby JD, Pottie K, Tchangalova N, Allen SI, Smith-Gagen J, Hidalgo B. Addressing refugee health through evidence-based policies: a case study. Ann Epidemiol. 2017 May 12. PMID: 28554498.
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    4. Isquick S, Chang R, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Chabot M, Brindis CD, et al. Postpartum Contraception and Interpregnancy Intervals Among Adolescent Mothers Accessing Public Services in California. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Apr; 21(4):752-759. PMID: 27475821.
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    5. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Bradsberry M, Lewis C, Maguire F. Do Bedsider Family Planning Mobile Text Message and E-mail Reminders Increase Kept Appointments and Contraceptive Coverage? Womens Health Issues. 2017 Jul - Aug; 27(4):420-425. PMID: 28284586.
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    6. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Braughton M, Bradsberry M, Howell M, Logan J, Schwarz EB. Racial and ethnic disparities in postpartum care and contraception in California's Medicaid program. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jul; 217(1):47.e1-47.e7. PMID: 28263752.
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    7. Rodriguez MI, Chang R, Thiel de Bocanegra H. The impact of postpartum contraception on reducing preterm birth: findings from California. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov; 213(5):703.e1-6. PMID: 26220110.
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    8. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Cross Riedel J, Menz M, Darney PD, Brindis CD. Onsite provision of specialized contraceptive services: does Title X funding enhance access? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 May; 23(5):428-33. PMID: 24405313; PMCID: PMC4011460.
    9. Chabot MJ, Navarro S, Swann D, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Association of access to publicly funded family planning services with adolescent birthrates in California counties. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104 Suppl 1:e1-6. PMID: 24354841; PMCID: PMC4011102.
    10. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Chang R, Howell M, Darney P. Interpregnancy intervals: impact of postpartum contraceptive effectiveness and coverage. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Apr; 210(4):311.e1-311.e8. PMID: 24334205.
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    11. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Chang R, Menz M, Howell M, Darney P. Postpartum contraception in publicly-funded programs and interpregnancy intervals. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Aug; 122(2 Pt 1):296-303. PMID: 23969798.
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    12. Lewis C, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Intrauterine contraception: impact of provider training on participant knowledge and provision. Contraception. 2013 Aug; 88(2):226-31. PMID: 23845208.
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    13. de Bocanegra HT, Maguire F, Hulett D, Horsley K, Puffer M, Brindis CD. Enhancing service delivery through title x funding: findings from California. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2012 Dec; 44(4):262-9. PMID: 23231334.
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    14. Chow JM, de Bocanegra HT, Hulett D, Park HY, Darney P. Comparison of adherence to chlamydia screening guidelines among Title X providers and non-Title X providers in the California Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Aug; 21(8):837-42. PMID: 22694761; PMCID: PMC3411333.
    15. Park HY, Rodriguez MI, Hulett D, Darney PD, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Long-acting reversible contraception method use among Title X providers and non-Title X providers in California. Contraception. 2012 Nov; 86(5):557-61. PMID: 22633245.
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    16. Watts LA, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Darney PD, Hulett D, Howell M, Mikanda J, Zerne R, Policar MS. In a California program, quality and utilization reports on reproductive health services spurred providers to change. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Apr; 31(4):852-62. PMID: 22459923.
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    17. de Bocanegra HT, Rostovtseva D, Cetinkaya M, Rundel C, Lewis C. Quality of reproductive health services to limited English proficient (LEP) patients. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1167-78. PMID: 22080701.
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    18. Dehlendorf C, Foster DG, de Bocanegra HT, Brindis C, Bradsberry M, Darney P. Race, ethnicity and differences in contraception among low-income women: methods received by Family PACT Clients, California, 2001-2007. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2011 Sep; 43(3):181-7. PMID: 21884386; PMCID: PMC3412526.
    19. Foster DG, Biggs MA, Rostovtseva D, de Bocanegra HT, Darney PD, Brindis CD. Estimating the fertility effect of expansions of publicly funded family planning services in California. Womens Health Issues. 2011 Nov-Dec; 21(6):418-24. PMID: 21802962.
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    20. Chabot MJ, Lewis C, de Bocanegra HT, Darney P. Correlates of receiving reproductive health care services among U.S. men aged 15 to 44 years. Am J Mens Health. 2011 Jul; 5(4):358-66. PMID: 21700668.
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    21. Implementation of CBT for youth affected by the World Trade Center disaster: matching need to treatment intensity and reducing trauma symptoms. J Trauma Stress. 2010 Dec; 23(6):699-707. PMID: 21171130.
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    22. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Rostovtseva DP, Khera S, Godhwani N. Birth control sabotage and forced sex: experiences reported by women in domestic violence shelters. Violence Against Women. 2010 May; 16(5):601-12. PMID: 20388933.
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    23. Sampson O, Navarro SK, Khan A, Hearst N, Raine TR, Gold M, Miller S, de Bocanegra HT. Barriers to adolescents' getting emergency contraception through pharmacy access in California: differences by language and region. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2009 Jun; 41(2):110-8. PMID: 19493220.
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    24. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Trinh-Shevrin C, Herrera AP, Gany F. Mexican immigrant male knowledge and support toward breast and cervical cancer screening. J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Aug; 11(4):326-33. PMID: 18551367; PMCID: PMC3326388.
    25. Harper CC, Blum M, de Bocanegra HT, Darney PD, Speidel JJ, Policar M, Drey EA. Challenges in translating evidence to practice: the provision of intrauterine contraception. Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Jun; 111(6):1359-69. PMID: 18515520.
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    26. Brown EJ, Amaya-Jackson L, Cohen J, Handel S, Thiel De Bocanegra H, Zatta E, Goodman RF, Mannarino A. Childhood traumatic grief: a multi-site empirical examination of the construct and its correlates. Death Stud. 2008; 32(10):899-923. PMID: 18990796.
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    27. Foster DG, Parvataneni R, de Bocanegra HT, Lewis C, Bradsberry M, Darney P. Number of oral contraceptive pill packages dispensed, method continuation, and costs. Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Nov; 108(5):1107-14. PMID: 17077231.
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    28. de Bocanegra HT, Moskalenko S, Kramer EJ. PTSD, depression, prescription drug use, and health care utilization of Chinese workers affected by the WTC attacks. J Immigr Minor Health. 2006 Jul; 8(3):203-10. PMID: 16791530.
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    29. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Moskalenko S, Chan P. PTSD and depression among displaced Chinese workers after the World Trade Center attack: a follow-up study. J Urban Health. 2005 Sep; 82(3):364-9. PMID: 15944405; PMCID: PMC3456064.
    30. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Gany F. Good provider, good patient: changing behaviors to eliminate disparities in healthcare. Am J Manag Care. 2004 Sep; 10 Spec No:SP20-8. PMID: 15481433.
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    31. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Brickman E, O'Sullivan C. Vicarious Trauma in Aid Workers following the World Trade Center Attack in 2001. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. 2004; 22(1):35-55.
    32. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Brickman E. Mental health impact of the World Trade Center attacks on displaced Chinese workers. J Trauma Stress. 2004 Feb; 17(1):55-62. PMID: 15027794.
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    33. Thiel de Bocanegra H. Breastfeeding in Immigrant Women in New York: The Role of Acculturation and Social Support. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 1998; 20(4):448-67.
    34. Gany F, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Overcoming barriers to improving the health of immigrant women. J Am Med Womens Assoc (1972). 1996 Aug-Oct; 51(4):155-60. PMID: 8840732.
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    35. Gany F, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Maternal-child immigrant health training: changing knowledge and attitudes to improve health care delivery. Patient Educ Couns. 1996 Jan; 27(1):23-31. PMID: 8788746.
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    36. Thiel de Bocanegra H, Gany F, Fruchter R. Available epidemiologic data on New York's Latino population: a critical review of the literature. Ethn Dis. 1993; 3(4):413-26. PMID: 7888993.
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    37. Michael S, Gany F, Fruchter R, Bocanegra H, Zug S, Gropper R. Meeting Immigrant Health Challenges: An Integrated Model in New York City. Innovation. 1993; 6(1):55-65.
    38. Thiel de Bocanegra H. Cancer patients' interest in group support programs. Cancer Nurs. 1992 Oct; 15(5):347-52. PMID: 1423253.
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    39. Rosenbaum R, Cheng A, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Peru: Experiences of an International Agency working with Community Based Programs. CELATS, Cuadernos, Medellin/Lima. 1988; (2):135-44.
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