In 2016, Dr. Thiel de Bocanegra led an international workgroup to prepare recommendations for integration of policy and epidemiology to support refugee health in the United States and other high-income receiving countries. In this presentation she will summarize key lessons and describe Canadian and U.S. guidelines for the reproductive health assessment and integration of refugee women into the host country’s health care system.
Speaker Biography - Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, UCSF
Dr. Thiel de Bocanegra is Associate Professor at the UCSF Bixby Center. From 2005 to 2016, she was director of the evaluation of California’s Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (PACT) program. She conducted studies to estimate the program’s impact, including improvements in access to contraceptive care and appropriate birth spacing. She is currently part of the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative research team, exploring women’s preferences and the availability of postpartum contraception. Her other work includes medical chart review of the quality of family planning services among managed care providers, an intervention to increase providers' adherence to cervical cancer screening guidelines, and studies on access to care among immigrant high school youth and refugee women.
Throughout her professional career in academia and work in governmental and non-governmental agencies in Peru and the United States, Heike focused on program planning, evaluation, and applied health services research. As co-founder and associate director of New York University’s New York Center for Immigrant Health, she established partnerships with community-based organizations to measure accessibility and quality of primary care and reproductive health service for immigrants and advocating for system changes and provider training to achieve culturally and linguistically appropriate care. During her tenure at Doctors of the World, she oversaw post-war mental and maternal child projects in Kosovo and am passionate of strengthening local health systems to provide ongoing health care to refugees and displaced. In addition, her research portfolio includes evaluation of programs that served victims of crime, trauma, and violence in New York, including the mental health impact of 9/11 relief work on aid workers.
Dr. Thiel de Bocanegra earned a Masters degree in Social Psychology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in International Community Health Education from New York University.
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