Our funders provide support that helps us work towards our mission of providing undergraduate and graduate students and working professionals with a rigorous evidence-informed academic program steeped in social justice, practical experience, and collaboration with communities and Title V partners leading to the development of local to global leaders focused on supporting the health and well-being of women, children, and families.

Through generous investments in our students, faculty and programs, our supporters are making a difference in the lives of all the individuals and communities that benefit from the CoE’s education, research, and outreach.

Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

The mission of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is to provide leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the maternal and child health (MCH) population which includes all of the nation’s women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, Including fathers and children with special health care needs.

Irving Harris Foundation

The mission of the Irving Harris Foundation is to enhance quality of life through the creation and development of innovative programs, preventive practices, and public policies that promote social justice, address inequity and create opportunities for creative expression. The Foundation makes targeted investments toward the healthy development of very young children and their families, and communities where we live and see need. The Foundation funds strategically and proactively in the areas of early childhood development/child and family policy; the arts, humanities and culture; community-based giving; and Jewish philanthropy in the U.S. and in Israel.

Dr. Naomi Morris

Dr. Naomi Morris started the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at UIC in 1982, and has devoted her life and career to improving the health and well-being of women, children and families. In 2010 with a generous contribution from Dr. Morris the Naomi Morris Distinguished Alumni Awards were established.

Dr. Sharon Telleen

Dr. Sharon Telleen is a community/developmental psychologist and a research associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She joined the UIC faculty in 1983.  In recognition of her passion for maternal and child health and her service to UIC, Dr. Telleen has created an endowment fund to augment the opportunities available to doctoral candidates in Maternal and Child Health. An award is given annually to a CoE doctoral student completing his/her dissertation research.