Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Director, UCSF Family PACT Evaluation; Office of Family Planning, California Department of Health Care Services, Sacramento

Email: heike.thiel@dhcs.ca.gov


Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor at the Bixby Center for Global Health, University of California, San Francisco. She has been the director of UCSF’s evaluation of California’s Family PACT (Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment) Program since 2005. Family PACT is administered by the California Department of Health Care Services, Office of Family Planning. Heike is principal investigator of a medical chart review of the quality of family planning services among primary care providers and the evaluation of the Bedsider website to remind women of their family planning appointment and contraceptive refill.   Prior to moving to California, 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 public health from New York University. Her doctoral dissertation explored predictors of breastfeeding among immigrant women in New York City.

Areas of Interest:

    • Health care reform and access to primary care and family planning services
    • Access to and quality of reproductive health services
    • Racial/ethnic disparities
    • Cultural competence
    • Intimate partner violence

For a complete list of publications, please click here: Publications on PubMed

Updated December 2013


  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Cross Riedel J, Menz M, Darney P, Brindis C. Onsite provision of specialized contraceptive services: Does Title X funding enhance access? Journal of Women's Health. 2014:23(5):428-433.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Chang R. Howell M, Darney P. Interpregnancy Intervals: Impact of Postpartum Contraceptive Effectiveness and Coverage. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2014:210(4):311.e1-8.
  • Chabot M, Navarro S, Swann D, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Association of Access to Publicly Funded Family Planning Services with Teen Birth Rates in California Counties. American Journal of Public Health. 2014:104(Suppl 1):e1-e6.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Chang R, Menz M, Howell M, Darney P. Postpartum Contraception in Publicly-Funded Programs and Interpregnancy Intervals. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2013:122(2 Pt 1):296-303.
  • Lewis C, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Intrauterine Contraception: Impact of Provider Training on Participant Knowledge and Provision. Contraception. 2013:88(2):226-31.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Maguire F, Hulett D, Horsley K, Puffer M, Brindis CD. Enhancing service delivery through title x funding: findings from California. Perspectives on Reproductive and Sexual Health. 2012:44(4):262-69 .
  • Park HY, Rodriguez MI, Hulett D, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Long-acting reversible contraception method use among Title X providers and non-Title X providers in California. Contraception. 2012:86(5):557-61.
  • Chow JM, Thiel de Bocanegra H, 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 of Women's Health (Larchmt). 2012:21(8):837-42.
  • 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 Affairs (Millwood). 2012:4(31):852-62.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Rostovsteva D, Cetinkaya M, Rundel C, Lewis C. Quality of Reproductive Health Services to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Clients. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 2011:22(4):1168-78.
  • Foster DG, Biggs MA, Rostovtseva D, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Darney PD, Brindis CD. Estimating the Fertility Effect of Expansions of Publicly Funded Family Planning Services in California. Women’s Health Issues. 2011:21(6):418-24.
  • Dehlendorf C, Greene Foster D, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Brindis CD, Bradsberry M, Darney P. Race, Ethnicity, and Differences in Contraception among Low-Income Women: Methods Received by Family PACT Clients, California, 2001-2007. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2011:43(3):181-87.
  • Chabot M, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Lewis C, Darney P. Correlates of Receiving Reproductive Health Care Services Among U.S. Men Ages 15-44. American Journal of Men's Health. 2011:5(4):358-66.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Rostovtseva D, Khera S, Godhwani N. Experiences with birth control sabotage and forced sex of women in domestic violence shelters. Violence Against Women. 2010:5(16):601-12.
  • Sampson O, Navarro S, Khan A, Hearst N, Raine-Bennett T, Gold M, Miller S, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Barriers to accessing emergency contraception through pharmacy-access for adolescents in California: Comparative focus on language and region. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2009:2(41):110-8.
  • Browne E, 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 Studies. 2008:10(32):899-923.
  • Fox R, Lidz V, Sheehan H, Brenton B, Thiel de Bocanegra. Heroic Action and Its Discontents: Safe Horizon's Response to 9/11. Society. 2009:(46):308-18.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Trihn-Shervin C, Herrera A, Gany F. Mexican Immigrant Male Knowledge and Support Toward Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health. 2008:4(11):326-333.
  • Harper CC, Blum M, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Darney P, Speidel J, Policar M, Drey E. Challenges in Translating Evidence to Practice: The Provision of Intrauterine Contraception. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2008:6(111):1359-69.
  • Foster DG, Parvataneni R, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Lewis C, Bradsberry ME, Darney P. Number of Oral Contraceptive Pill Packages Dispensed, Method Continuation, and Costs. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2006:5(108):1107-14.