Dr. Arden Handler Receives 2021 Pandemic HEROES Award

Dr. Arden Handler, Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and a Professor in the Community Health Sciences division recently received the HEROES award from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. The Human Ecology Alumni Association (HEAA) recognized multiple Human Ecology alumni with the HEAA 2021 Pandemic HEROES Award.  This award recognizes these individuals’ efforts to make a significant difference in their communities and professions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Handler co-founded the Masks for Moms Campaign with Jessica Davenport-Williams from Black Girls Break Bread  and multiple other MCH professionals in April 2020. The campaign was a response to the COVID-19 epidemic to help ease stress and lessen adverse birth outcomes by ensuring that all pregnant persons in Chicagoland’s most vulnerable communities had access to face masks at prenatal visits, during delivery, and postpartum.

Congratulations, Arden!


To learn more about the HEAA 2021 Pandemic HEROES Award: https://www.human.cornell.edu/alumni/alumni/awards/2021PandemicHEROESAward

To learn more about the Masks for Moms Campaign: https://maternalchild.uic.edu/news-stories/uic-center-of-excellence-in-maternal-and-child-health-coe-mch-masks-for-moms-campaign/