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Christy McCain, MPH, has more than 20 years of domestic and international health experience, including survey development, training, fieldwork coordination, health education and writing. McCain's expertise lies in maternal and child health and reproductive health issues.

McCain's current research focuses on pregnancy-related mortality among women in California. In collaboration with the Maternal Child and Adolescent Health branch of the California Department of Public Health and the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative at Stanford, McCain has worked on the Pregnancy-Associated Mortality review since its inception in 2004. She oversees data collection (medical record review), case summary preparation and data analysis for the project. Expertise lies in obstetric deaths, as well as maternal deaths due to suicide and homicide.

McCain's other research includes small evaluation projects (sexual violence prevention, public transportation, earned income tax credit/poverty reduction, global youth leadership in sexual and reproductive health, and a multi-year evaluation of the statewide family planning program.

As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, McCain brings to her research a unique perspective in cross-cultural awareness, humility, a sense of humor and a quest for social justice.

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