Dr. Rebecca Ochtera is an Associate Director at Spark with over fifteen years of experience designing, implementing and leading public health research and evaluation projects. She has utilized qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches for a diverse portfolio of projects including large-scale, multi-site, multi-strategy initiatives to address complex societal issues. In addition, she has experience utilizing community-based participatory research and the arts as methodologies for promoting community-driven solutions to social justice and equity issues.
Over her career, Rebecca’s work has primarily focused on promoting conditions and behaviors that improve health for persons with chronic and stigmatized health conditions across multiple systems and settings including healthcare, correctional, residential treatment, worksite, and family.
Prior to joining Spark, Rebecca was the manager of health promotion services for a national healthcare organization and oversaw health education, health communication, and evaluation for population health initiatives at the state level. Her current work at Spark includes designing and implementing evaluations to complement a variety of systems-level intervention frameworks, including public will building and collective impact. Rebecca received her MPH and PhD degrees in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.