Sue Holtby, MPH
Sue Holtby, MPH, is a program director with the Public Health Institute. She has more than 25 years of experience conducting public health research and evaluation on both domestic and international projects. Holtby primarily directs projects focused on family planning, reproductive health and public health surveillance. She has expertise in project design, sampling methods, instrument development, data collection methods and data analysis.
Holtby currently directs data collection and compilation for California's Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review and has directed medical record abstraction and client exit interview evaluations of California's Family PACT program, a state program that serves over 1.5 million low-income, uninsured women and men.
She has been PHI's project director on the California Health Interview Survey for the past 14 years, and has worked on numerous survey research projects with Latino and American Indian populations in California. She recently managed a David & Lucile Packard Foundation-funded grant in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Pakistan, and oversees a grant to improve girls' education in Nigeria. Sue speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Advanced Learning Project, Phase II
The first phase of this Advancing Learning Project focused on grantees in Ethiopia and India who were working to delay the age of marriage and first birth. The second phase will examine the most promising pathways to change and provide continued technical assistance to the participating grantees.
California Health Interview Survey - Child and Teen Questionnaires
Under a contract with UCLA, PHI is developing the teen and child California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) questionnaires, overseeing translation reviews, monitoring interviews for data quality, and conducting analysis and writing on CHIS findings.
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.
First 5 Policy Brief on Young Children's Emotional and Mental Well-Being
PHI is working with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to produce a policy brief describing findings from California Health Interview Survey 2003, 2005 and 2007 data on measures of young children's emotional and mental well-being.
India Team Management
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation contracts with PHI to manage the foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health Program’s technical support team in India.
Planning, Implementation and Dissemination of California Health Interview Survey
This PHI subcontract of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) involves content development for the Adult, Adolescent and Child questionnaires as well as quality control monitoring and convening advisory committees for the Child and Adolescent Questionnaires. PHI has held this subcontract since CHIS’s inception in 2001, and planning for 2013-2014 is under way.
Public Health Professional Development Program
The Public Health Professional Development Program provides individuals with practical in-depth experience that will help them advance their careers in public health in the private, non-profit or academic sector. This program provides a mechanism for outstanding individuals to pursue project opportunities outside of academic institutions, and offers a professional learning experience within the philanthropic sector. Participants' experience and leadership are developed through interaction with PHI and The Health Trust staff, taking responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating strategies within The Health Trust's initiatives.