Problem solving is my m.o.

Better systems
for healthier communities


Assuring public health programs and policies create equitable public health systems.

Improving public health relies on recognizing not only problems, but on recognizing and understanding underlying factors that contribute to problems as well. These underlying factors reveal opportunities for public health systems’ improvement. 

For nearly two decades, I've helped individuals and organizations better understand how public health policies and programs at the local, state, national and international levels work and what can be done to improve them. Nearly always, improving public health systems requires recognizing how programs, policies, and stakeholders interact within and between broader systems. Understanding these interactions can help identify opportunities for innovative, efficient, and creative solutions.

I invite you to learn more about me, my professional experience, and my services. If you're the sort of person who's impatient to review my curriculum vitae, you can find it here. Besides that information, I am:




234 Homewood Terrace
Baltimore, MD 21218


christine at christinelayton dot com
(443) 756-1637

Experienced. Through two decades’ professional experience working in not-for-profit research firms (RTI International), academia (Johns Hopkins University), professional membership organizations (National Association of County and City Health Officials), and advocacy groups (Children’s Defense Fund), I have gained valuable insights into public health systems, policies and practice.

A systems-oriented thinker. I like to untangle complex problems by identifying all the components related to the problem; identify key questions and then use rigorous evidence to draw meaningful insights.

Communicative. I present information—qualitative or quantitative--in clear, straightforward language for a range of audiences. I enjoy opportunities to present information in creative ways such as by developing illustrations or developing webinars.

Collegial. I enjoy working with other people, gaining insight into what they do, and making people laugh once in a while. My ideal work environment is one with a common goal where collaboration is valued.

CuriousAs much as I’ve learned from my education and professional and personal experiences, I’m always interested in learning more. I particularly appreciate opportunities to travel to learn from others in their own environment.

GenerousAs much as I enjoy gaining knowledge; I enjoy sharing my knowledge. I am eager to share my experience and expertise with colleagues or others who may benefit.

SkilledProficient in MS Office (Mac and Win OS) and NVivo; Experienced with SPSS, MindManager and ATLAS.


Subject Area Expertise

Policy analysis

Program evaluation

Knowing how well a public health program or policy works (or doesn't) is essential in order to know if you're accomplishing what you intended. 

Understanding local, state and federal legislation, regulations, policies and procedures impact on public health programs and practice can facilitate successful program evaluation and strategic planning.


Methods Expertise

Qualitative Methods

Qualitative methods include a range of standardized data collection approaches to collect and analyze non-numeric data. Examples include individual and group interviews and open-ended surveys.

MiXed Methods

Mixed methods include approaches to combine both qualitative and quantative (numeric) data.

Case studies

Case studies are intended to be a rigorous, systematic approach to describing one or more subjects of interest "cases". 


Public health may be defined as, “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts of society”
— Sir Donald Acheson, Public Health in England: The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Future Development to the Public Health Function, 1988


thoughtful Decision Making

Public health's interconnectedness requires policy makers, program managers, and other leaders to understand how their programs and interests relate to others.