Kristie McComb, MPH

Managing Director, Global Capacity Development and Patient Support

Kristie leads the Global Capacity Development and Patient Support team within the Global Cancer Control unit of the American Cancer Society. Over the last four years, her team has developed and begun piloting the American Cancer Society SOURCE Program, a comprehensive training and technical assistance program focused on strengthening local cancer organizations in low-and-middle-income countries to take a more active role in addressing the emerging cancer burden, starting in Kenya and Uganda. Her team is also adapting and implementing ACS signature patient support initiatives from accommodation and transportation to patient navigation and cancer education in these countries. The goal of this portfolio of work is to better support cancer patients in low-resourced settings, enhance quality of life on the treatment journey, and improve cancer treatment completion rates to ultimately save more lives from cancer.

With more than 15 years of global public health experience, including nine years living and working abroad in Asia and Africa, Kristie has devoted her career to increasing and improving access to services for vulnerable and underserved populations inside of the US and abroad. Previously, Kristie worked with the US Peace Corps in a variety of capacities: at headquarters as both an Evaluation Specialist and Community Health Specialist developing tools and resources for field staff use, evaluating projects, designing and delivering training, and technical assistance to health programs globally. She also spent 2.5 years in Mozambique with the Peace Corps, as project director for the community health and HIV project where she trained, mentored, and supervised approximately 70 volunteers tasked with strengthening the capacity of nascent non-governmental organizations and peer educator groups to better provide HIV care, support, and outreach services to HIV+ individuals and their family members.

Kristie also worked in the field of migrant health outreach in the US for three years with Farmworker Health Services, Inc. (now named Health Outreach Partners, Inc.) where she co-led a bi-annual national needs assessment of farmworker-serving community health centers; conducted program evaluations of farmworker outreach programs, and trained outreach staff on a variety of topics to strengthen their ability to more effectively reach and serve farmworkers.

Kristie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Burkina Faso, West Africa. She  speaks Japanese, French, and Portuguese and resides in Washington DC.