Arden Handler, DrPH

ardenhandlerinoffice--3Professor, Community Health Sciences
Director, Center of Excellence in MCH
Co-Director, MCH Epidemiology Training Program
1603 W. Taylor St., Office 655
Chicago, IL 60612

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 improve the health of women, children and families, with specific interests in exploring the factors that increase the risk for 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. 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 a founding Board Member of EverThrive (formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition), co-chair of Illinois’ subcommittee on the Social Determinants of Health as part of the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (CoIIN), and 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.

Selected publications:

Handler, A., Rosenberg, D., Raube, K., & Kelley, M. (1998). Health Care Characteristics Associated with Women’s Satisfaction with Prenatal Care. Medical Care, 36(5), 679-694.

Handler, A., Issel, M. & Turnock, B. (2001). A conceptual framework for measuring public health system performance. American Journal of Public Health, 91, 1235-1239.

Handler, A., Rosenberg, D., Rankin, K., Zimbeck, M., & Adams, K. (2006). The Effect of Welfare Reform on the Pre-Pregnancy Insurance Status of Public Aid Recipients: Women in the Medicaid GAP. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 17(1), 162-179.

Handler, A. Rankin, K., Peacock, N, Townsell, S., McGlynn, A. & Issel, M. (2013). The implementation of Interconception Care in two community health settings: lessons learned. American Journal of Health Promotion, Special Invited Issue on Preconception Care, 27(3) Supplement, eS21-eS31.

Handler AS, Henderson VA, Rosenfeld A, Rankin K, Jones B, Issel LM. Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program: Implementing Effective Public-Private Partnerships to Assure Population Health. Journal of Public Health Management Practice. 2014 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25470661.

Handler, A., Henderson, V. Johnson, R., Turino, C., Gordon, M., Franck, M. Peacock, N. and Pecha, D. (2018). The Well-Woman Visit Project: Listening to Women’s Voices. Health Equity. Published online. Vol.2.1 12/28/18. DOI: 10.1089/heq.2018.0031.

Handler, A. Zimmerman, K., Dominik, B. and Garland, C. Universal Early Home Visiting: A Strategy for Reaching All Postpartum Women. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Online First. 6/26/19. DOI 10.1007/s10995-019-02794-5.