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With a background in social and behavioural sciences, Blaga develops rigorous research methodologies and conducts data collection and analysis. Her proficiency in evaluation frameworks and tools (i.e. survey design, focus group and key informant interview guides), as well as her ability to synthesize data to tell an informative story, supports our discovery process with every client. She assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of research projects, and helps inform our content and communications.

Determined to improve health for all and passionate about increasing mental health literacy, health education, and community well-being, Blaga has gained experience through her work on a variety of projects pertaining to the advocacy of health across diverse sectors. In particular, she has worked with the University of British Columbia’s Student Services to support health promotion projects and programs, and, as an undergraduate research assistant for UBC’s Health Promotion and Education Unit, she helped conduct a large cross-faculty project on well-being in learning environments.

As a researcher for a national information-gathering project supported by Simon Fraser University's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, which looked at the social impacts of COVID-19 on youth in Canada, Blaga surveyed youth, interviewed community members, and collected benchmark information to inform a national plan for youth coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that so much of our health is determined by social, demographic, and economic contexts, Blaga works to create change by ensuring that inclusivity is integral to every project we undertake, as truly effective research reflects everyone. She also knows that good data tells a good story. A central part of her work at Be the Change Group is helping the research team find and tell the stories we find in our clients’ and stakeholders’ data, and working with the design and development team to help us to illustrate them.

Blaga holds a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and is a Master of Public Health candidate at Simon Fraser University.

Certifications

San’yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program (2021)

Languages

Bulgarian

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