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Arden Handler, DrPH

Professor and Interim Division Director, Community Health Sciences

Director, Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health School of Public Health

BIRCWH Internal Advisory Board, Member, BIRCWH Mentor


Dr. Arden Handler’s career reflects her long-standing commitment to improving the health of women, children and families. She received a DrPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health in 1987 and has been on the faculty at UIC-SPH since then. She is currently Interim Division Director of Community Health Sciences, PI of the UIC-SPH Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and PI of the UIC-SPH MCH Epidemiology Program and has a long history of participating in MCH workforce development projects. Her research focuses on the exploration of factors that increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes and examination of the ways in which the health care delivery system, particularly prenatal care, perinatal care, postpartum care, and preconception/interconception/well-woman health care can ameliorate these risks. She is currently the PI for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program evaluation, PI of the Family Connects-Chicago evaluation, co-PI on the evaluation of OCEAN Healthy Start, and is Multiple PI on I PROMOTE-IL, a HRSA funded project to improve maternal health throughout IL.