The School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago was awarded a five-year $1.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau to fund a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. The center is a continuation of the long-standing Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program at UIC, directed by Dr. Arden Handler, professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences. According to HRSA, the recently awarded Centers of Excellence in MCH will serve as “regional hubs for training, research, and innovation.”
The goal of the UIC School of Public Health Center of Excellence in MCH is to provide both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as working MCH professionals, with a rigorous evidence-informed academic program steeped in social justice, practical experience, and collaboration with both communities and Title V partners. These efforts are aimed at the development of local to global leaders focused on ensuring the health and well-being of women, children, and families including children and youth with special health care needs.
Dr. Arden Handler, whose research career reflects a long-standing commitment to improving the health of women, children, and families, has been a director of the MCH training program at UIC since 2000 and is actively involved in the MCH community on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Handler describes the new center as “a tremendous opportunity to develop the future leaders of the maternal and child health workforce in Illinois and throughout the U.S. UIC Maternal and Child Health graduates are working in practice and research positions across the nation and around the world at places like the CDC, state and local health departments, other universities, international NGOs, and with not-for-profit advocacy and community-based organizations. It is the most important legacy of our program.”