Monthly archives: October, 2010

Distance-Based Leadership and Coaching begins January 2011

The UIC MCH Program is offering two, 6-month, distance-based Leadership and Coaching programs for MCH Professionals.  Each program begins in January 2011.


One program is for diverse MCH Professionals in DHHS Regions V and VII:

Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.



A second program is for diverse MCH Professionals in DHHS Regions VIII & X:

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Application deadline is November 15.  Please contact Jaime Klaus ( or Kris Risley ( for application materials.

Maternal and Child Health Fund at the UIC School of Public Health

This past spring we created the Maternal and Child Health Fund at the UIC School of Public Health.  This fund was established to increase student support, provide travel funds for students, staff and faculty, and help further develop our personal leadership programs for students and community partners.

Our faculty and staff are committed to ensuring our students receive the highest quality education, which is why 100% of them made donations to start the fund!

We ask you to consider contributing to the Maternal and Child Health Fund.  Your donation will have a direct impact on our ability to enhance the education we provide to our students, the quality of our annual MCH Leadership Retreat, and the technical assistance and consultation we can provide to members of the maternal and child health community.

Participation is easy!  You can make your gift online at  Remember, the amount of the gift is not as important as your participation.

A life-long relationship with students-2010 Award for Excellence in Teaching

By Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez

Arden Handler, community health sciences: her true legacy will be her “amazing students and what they are going to do.”

The Award for Excellence in Teaching, a $5,000 salary increase, is UIC’s only peer-selected teaching award. Winners are chosen by those who received the award in past years.

“I love the research, I love the work that I do, I love advocacy,” says Arden Handler.

But she believes her true legacy will be her “amazing students and what they are going to do in the next 25 to 50 years.”

Handler is widely sought-after as an adviser and mentor to master’s and doctoral students.

“It’s a life-long relationship with a lot of these students,” she says.

She takes extreme pride in following their career paths.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see people progress, and you feel as though you somehow had responsibility for what they’re up to.”

Handler is known nationally as a teacher and leader in maternal and child health epidemiology. She also led the development of continuing education programs for practicing maternal and child health professionals.

She is co-director and principal investigator of the Maternal and Child Health Training Program and director of the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program, both in the School of Public Health.

Handler, who began her career as a women’s health activist, didn’t plan on becoming a teacher.

When she was completing her doctoral degree at UIC in 1987, she created a course on maternal and child health policy and advocacy; she’s been teaching it ever since.

She often spends the entire summer revising and updating the course, “because when you teach policy you have to constantly be on the pulse.”

Handler strives to give her students a world view and context for what they are learning. She includes discussions of poverty, income supports, tax policy and the welfare system to help students understand the impact of socioeconomics on health.

Her research interests include the factors that increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, and ways the health care delivery system, particularly prenatal care, can reduce these risks.

“Aristotle’s observation that excellence is a habit rather than a single event truly applies to all facets of Dr. Handler’s teaching career,” wrote colleague Bernard Turnock, clinical professor and director of community health sciences, in recommending her for the Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“Because I’m passionate, and very analytic in my thinking, I think I do a good job of pushing students to really push their limits,” she says.

MCH alumna, Marissa Rousselle will assume the role of Section Webmaster at this year’s APHA

Marissa Rousselle , MCH alumna, will assume the role of Section Webmaster at this year’s APHA Annual Meeting  for the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section. She worked with Dr. Rachel Caskey (MCH faculty member) and Dr. G. Caleb Alexander to conduct her master’s research on the use of Social Networking Sites to communicate about Human Papillomavirus, that she will be presenting at APHA this year.  Also, last year she was a Student Fellow of the Maternal and Child Health Section.


Related links:

Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section:


APHA annual meeting:

2010 Woman of the Year–Dr. Stacie E. Geller

The UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women has selected Stacie E. Geller, PhD, MPA as the 2010 Woman of the Year.  Dr. Geller is the G. William Arends Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine; Director of the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender; and Director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.  Dr. Geller was nominated by Dr. Sarah Kilpatrick, Vice Dean in the College of Medicine with supporting nominations from Dr. Alice Dan, Dr. Eric Gislason, Dr. Pauline Maki, and Dr. Donna Baptiste.

The Woman of the Year award was established in 1992, this annual award honors a UIC woman who has consistently worked on women’s issues beyond the call of duty and who is an exemplary role model. The award criteria include providing service to women at UIC while on the job, responding to issues affecting women, and offering service to women through voluntarism and public support of women’s programs. The CCSW will organize a reception to honor Dr. Geller as the Woman of the Year during the spring semester 2011.