Martha Bojko, PhD

GHES US Fellow 2012-2013

Current position: Research Associate, UConn Health Center

Fellowship Site: Ukrainian Institute for Public Health Policy, Kyiv, Ukraine

Research Interest: Sexual Health and HIV/STI Prevention; Substance Abuse; Addiction Medicine; Translational and Implementation Research

Dr. Bojko is currently working as a research associate at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Internal Medicine AIDS Program at Yale University School of Medicine. As an applied medical anthropologist with a public health focus, Dr. Bojko utilized a mixed methods approach in her research on gender, sexual health, substance use, and HIV/STI prevention and treatment among young adults in global settings, specifically in Ukraine.

As part of the GHES Fellowship, Dr. Bojko worked under the mentorship of Dr. Frederick Altice (Yale University) and Dr. Sergey Dvoryak (UIPHP) on a research project aimed at expanding access to and retention on medication-assisted therapies (MAT), including methadone (MMT) and buprenorphine treatment (BMT), for HIV prevention and treatment in Ukraine. Her research focused on identifying and assessing the barriers and facilitators at the client-, program-, and community-levels to receiving MAT. Macro-level structural factors (economic, political, social, cultural) associated with HIV/AIDS and substance abuse treatment in Ukraine was assessed.

These are selected publications associated with the fellowship:

In Their Own Voices: Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Addiction, Treatment and Criminal Justice Among People who Inject Drugs in Ukraine.

Determinants of willingness to enroll in opioid agonist treatment among opioid dependent people who inject drugs in Ukraine.

The Future of Opioid Agonist Therapies in Ukraine: A Qualitative Assessment of Multilevel Barriers and Ways Forward to Promote Retention in Treatment.

“Bureaucracy & Beliefs”: Assessing the Barriers to Accessing Opioid Substitution Therapy by People Who Inject Drugs in Ukraine.

At the crossroads: HIV prevention and treatment for people who inject drugs in Ukraine.