Dr. Michele McCay has a strong history of public health leadership and service. Dr. McCay earned her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health in 2000, and returned to earn a Doctor of Public Health in Leadership in 2011 with a focus on Material and Child Health Leadership and Management. She has worked with public health initiatives that focus on he diverse issues that affect women, children, and families, including chronic disease in children, affordable healthcare for working families, smoking prevention for peripartum women, perinatal mental health issues, and children's mental health care. Continuing in her leadership roles in public health and maternal and child health, Dr. McCay served as the Executive Director of Chicago Volunteer Doulas, Inc. Although Dr. McCay no longer actively provides doula support, she remains committed to studying and promoting natural birthing techniques and breastfeeding in communities of color.