Advisory Committee

The committee serves as a community liaison to the faculty and staff to support the UIC Center of Excellence (CoE) in Maternal and Child Health in achieving its mission. They specifically assist with recruitment, student’s educational experiences, alumni relations, and fundraising. The committee is composed of health and human service MCH professionals, public and private agencies, and the community. Professionals are multidisciplinary with backgrounds in public health, medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, health policy, epidemiology, and business.

UIC CoE in MCH Advisory Committee Members

Chad Abresch, Executive Director, CityMatCH
Kruti Acharya, MD, Director, IL LEND Program
Josephine Ansah*, MPH, Public Health Analyst, HRSA, Division of Home Visiting & Early Childhood Systems
Kris Barnekow, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor, University of WI
Craig Becker, MSSW, Sr. Clinical Social Worker, University of WI Pediatric Pulmonary Center
Amanda Bennett*, PhD, MCH Epidemiologist, CDC Assignee, IDPH, Office of Women’s Health
Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, Director, UIC, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
Jaye Clement, MPH, MPP, Director of Community Health Programs & Strategies
Sharron Corle, MS, Associate Director, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Jessyca Dudley*, MPH, Program Officer, The Joyce Foundation
Shirley Fleming*, PhD, Healthcare Consultant
Janine Hill, MPH, Executive Director, EverThrive Illinois
Debbie Kane*, PhD, RN, MCH Epidemiologist, CDC Assignee, IDPH, Bureau of Family Health
Devangna Kapadia, MPH, MS, Program Manager, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice
Susan Knight, MA, LCSW, Director, Erikson Institute, Master of Social Work Program
Cathy Main, Med, Clinical Lecturer & Program Coordinator, UIC, College of Education, Early Childhood Education Program
Susan McLoughlin, MSN, RN, CPNP Executive Director, Mother & Child Health Coalition
Shirley Payne, MPH, Director, ISDH, Division of MCH, Children’s Special Health Care Services
Steve Seweryn, EdD, MPH, Deputy Director, CCDPH, Public Health Programs
Jaime Slaughter-Acey*, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Drexel University, Division of Graduate Nursing
Tracie Smith*, MPH, Sr. Epidemiologist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center, Child Data Lab
Dan Weiss*, MPH, Community Data Specialist, Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, Population Health Assessment and Planning
Sharon Fleischfresser, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director, Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program
Amy Haddad, BA, Director, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Public Policy & Government Affairs Team
Arthur James, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

*UIC CoE in MCH alumni