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Arden Handler, DrPH, MPH


Director of Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

Community Health Sciences


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5954

Office Phone:

(847) 902-5428


Dr. Arden Handler is the Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and a Professor in the Community Health Sciences division of the UIC School of Public Health. Dr. Handler’s research career reflects her long-standing commitment to reducing inequities and improving the health of women, children, and families. Her specific interest is the exploration of factors that increase the risk for inequities in adverse pregnancy outcomes and examining ways in which the health care delivery system, particularly how prenatal care, postpartum care, and preconception/interconception/well-woman care can ameliorate these risks and reduce disparities and inequities. Other research and teaching interests include maternal and child health advocacy and policy, building the analytic capacity of the MCH workforce (MCH epidemiology), and the structure and functioning of the public health delivery system. Dr. Handler is PI of the evaluation of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. She is currently working on a number of projects focused on the delivery of birthing persons’ health care in the postpartum period including as Co-PI (multiple PIs) of the HRSA Maternal Health Innovation grant: ImPROve Maternal OuTcomEs in Illinois (I PROMOTE-IL).   Dr. Handler is a former member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) and is a nationally renowned leader in maternal and child health advocacy, policy, epidemiology, and public health system improvement.