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 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), co-chair of the Postpartum Transitions subcommittee of the Illinois CHIPRA initiative, and 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., Rosenberg, D. & Sinha, K. (2012). The Content/Quality of Prenatal Care for Low-Income Women: Provider Differences and the Effect on Outcomes. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 16, 393-405.

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, A. S., Henderson, V. A., Rosenfeld, A., Rankin, K., Jones, B., & Issel, L. M. (2014). Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program: Implementing Effective Public-Private Partnerships to Assure Population Health. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Handler, A., Klaus, J., Rankin, K., & Rosenberg, D. (2014). Training Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologists: Leaders for the Twenty First Century. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1-9.