Past/current experiences working in the field of MCH:
Nadezh Mulholland studied Cultural Studies as an undergraduate student at Columbia College Chicago, completing her thesis paper on the ways women and girls with eating disorders use novels, memoirs and online communities to construct narratives around their own illnesses. After graduating, she interned in the Public Health Department of Norfolk County, UK where she contributed to a literature review on teenage pregnancy and participated in survey design. She went on to coordinate clinical trials in the Epilepsy Center of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where she worked with the children with special healthcare needs and their families. Currently, she serves as an Irving Harris Scholar in UIC’s Center of Excellence for Maternal and Child Health and works at a holistic health care practice. As a native Chicagoan, she looks forward to serving her community through public health practice.
Areas of Interest and Professional Goals:
Nadezh’s areas of interest within maternal and child health include parent and caregiver support, sexual health and healthy relationships, access to contraception and abortion, health of incarcerated women, issues affecting pregnant and parenting teens, and creating space for women to construct their own narratives around their health and lives. She seeks to apply skills in program design and evaluation, conducting qualitative research, and policy and advocacy in an MCH-focused non-profit setting.
She likes to write fiction—mostly short stories and magical realism with female protagonists.