Melissa Medich

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Dr. Medich works in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine as the Project Director / Site Liaison of the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) for the Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum Initiative. The ETAC leads a multi-site evaluation and provides technical assistance to 10 demonstration sites across the country funded by the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA), Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS). Dr. Medich specializes in reproductive and sexual health among vulnerable populations in global public health research. Her recent work includes: maternal healthcare services in Kenya, HIV prevention among young men in South Africa, the use of mobile phone technology for various health-related interventions in Los Angeles, and the WHO’s World Report on Ageing. She earned her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and her Master's in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Medich has over fifteen years of experience instructing anthropology and Spanish. Within the discipline of anthropology, she specializes in medical anthropology, Native Americans, Peru, human sexuality, gender dynamics, and the visual material cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

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