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Gergana Damianova Kodjebacheva, M.A., Ph.D.
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Michigan – Flint. I teach courses in program evaluation, research methods, and health economics. My research focuses on the interplay of individual and social factors in health. I collaborate in the implementation of community-based participatory interventions. I am especially interested in the health of children, and serve as the Principal Investigator of studies on physical, mental, and sensory impairments among youth.











































As a Faculty Associate at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Center at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, I serve as a thesis mentor. My research at the Center focuses on access to health care among children in Southeast Europe.










I help review the certification materials of health administration university programs for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. I am currently a reviewer of East Washington University's program. I was previously a reviewer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Central Florida programs.








2013-2014: I served as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the development of a master plan for the City of Flint. I moderated a focus group at the City of Flint Mayor's Office Vision and Goals Workshop to help incorporate the community's recommendations in the master plan. Students from my classes volunteered at the event.











2009 - 2012:  While a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA School of Medicine, I developed and evaluated a community-based participatory intervention in one school district. I also served as the Program Director of a clinical registry on the influence of medical treatment on quality of life among chronic disease patients.








2005 - 2009:  While a graduate student researcher at the UCLA School of Medicine, I served as the Principal Investigator of a study that investigated the relative influence of demographic, neighborhood, and school factors on children's visual impairment. My other research focused on dietary, socioeconomic, and clinical factors in the development of chronic eye diseases.  








2003 - 2005:  While a graduate student researcher at the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, I co-wrote governmental reports for the Office of the Patient Advocate and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. I co-developed a methodology for rating the access to linguistic and cultural services among patients. The ratings were published on governmental websites. The work contributed to the development of the first state guidelines requiring that health care organizations provide linguistic and cultural services to patients. 







EDUCATION




2009: Ph.D. – Public Health
Dissertation: Visual impairment and myopia among first graders in Southern California: Racial/ethnic disparities, yearly trends, geospatial distribution, and the influence of individual, neighborhood, and school determinants.



2005: M.A. – Urban Planning
Specialization:
Environmental Analysis and Policy
Thesis:
Playgrounds for children using wheelchairs: Design and geospatial distribution

2003: Bachelor of Arts – Economics
Minor: Policy studies; Graduated with honors