Gergana Damianova Kodjebacheva, M.A., Ph.D.
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 and evaluation of community-based participatory interventions. I am especially interested in the health of children, and serve as the Principal Investigator of studies focusing on physical, mental, and sensory impairments among youth. I also serve on the IRB Board at the university.
I am a Faculty Associate at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Center at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. At the Center, I have served as a graduate thesis mentor. My research there focuses on access to health care among children in Southeast Europe.
I serve on the Genesee County Speak to Your Health! survey committee. The committee consists of Genesee County Health Department officials, academicians, and community representatives. Students from my classes volunteer in administering the survey in the community. The survey results are used to develop and evaluate health-promotion interventions in Genesee County.
I have served as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the development of a master plan for the City of Flint. I served as a focus group moderator for 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.
I help review the quality of health administration university programs for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. In 2012-2013, I was a reviewer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill program in health administration. I am currently a reviewer of the University of Central Florida health administration program.
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 Manager of a clinical registry on the influence of medical treatment on quality of life among chronic disease patients. I trained students in the areas of program management and patient recruitment.
2005 - 2009: While a graduate student researcher at the UCLA School of Medicine, I served as the Principal Investigator of a pediatric study to perform secondary data analyses of information collected from the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic. The study 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 state guidelines for health care organizations to provide linguistic and cultural services to patients.
2009: Doctor of Philosophy – Public Health
Dissertation: Visual impairment and myopia among first graders from three school districts in Southern California: Racial/ethnic disparities, yearly trends, geospatial distribution, and the relative influence of individual, neighborhood, and school determinants.
2005: Master of Arts – 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