Martha Bojko, Ukraine

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 

Martha Bojko received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and is currently 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 utilizes 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 will be working 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 will focus 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 will also be assessed.