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Christy McCain, MPH

Research Scientist

Christy McCain, MPH, a project director with PHI, has more than 15 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 research interests focus on pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity of 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 of Care Collaborative, 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. She has also participated in the Maternal Mortality Initiative, a project implemented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to develop standardized guidelines nationwide for conducting maternal death reviews.

McCain's prior research included a multi-faceted evaluation of the statewide family planning program, Family PACT, focusing on access to and satisfaction with family planning services, cultural competency of participating providers in the program and outreach practices employed to increase access to family planning services among hard-to-reach and underserved populations. She also contributed to the development of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) child questionnaire and coordinated the cultural adaptation and translation processes for CHIS 2005.

As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, McCain brings to her research a unique perspective in cross-cultural awareness and communication, as well as extensive knowledge of maternal and child survival issues such as child growth and development, nutrition and dental health.

California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review

The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) identifies maternal deaths using enhanced surveillance methodology and conducts in-depth reviews of the medical records by an expert panel of maternity care providers. The major goals of the project are to identify pregnancy-related deaths, causation and associated risks, and then recommend quality improvement opportunities. CA-PAMR is a collaborative effort between PHI, the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health and the California Maternal Quality of Care Collaborative (CMQCC).  PHI manages the case selection, data collection and data analysis for this project.  

California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR): Pregnancy-Associated Suicide from 2002 to 2012 (2019)

Released by the California Department of Public Health’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division, the California Maternal Quality Care...

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The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review: Report from 2002 to 2007 Maternal Death Reviews (2018)

After a steady rise in maternal mortality from 1999-2006, California has observed a sustained decline in maternal mortality, from a high of 16...

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