Arden Handler, DrPH, MPH
Interim Division Director, Director of Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health
Community Health Sciences
Building & Room:
1603 W. Taylor St.
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 disparities and improving the health of women, children, and families. Her specific interest is the exploration of factors that increase the risk for disparities 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 and is working on a number of projects focused on the delivery of women’s health care in the postpartum period. Dr. Handler is Co-PI (multiple PIs) of the newly funded HRSA grant Innovations to ImPROve Maternal OuTcomEs in Illinois (I PROMOTE-IL). Dr. Handler is a former member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM). She is a nationally renowned leader in maternal and child health advocacy, policy, epidemiology, and public health system improvement.