MCH Academic Legacy Project

Decorative image of story tellingThe MCH Academic Legacy project is a collaboration between the Association of Teachers in Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH), the HRSA/MCHB funded Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CoE-MCH), and the MCH Navigator. Through recorded oral interviews, this project documents the unique paths and trajectories of MCH leaders in public health academe and their relationship with the larger public health Maternal and Child Health enterprise including Title V. Specific topics discussed include: the challenges and concerns associated with becoming an MCH academic leader; factors associated with their success; and the wisdom that these senior leaders can provide to young academics interested in the field of Maternal and Child Health. The hope is that preserving the stories and sharing the wisdom of senior MCH academic leaders will inspire the development and success of multiple generations of faculty leaders in MCH public health academe.

The project is led by Dr. Arden Handler (UIC-SPH MCH-CoE) and Holly Grason, MA (JHU MCH-CoE) with assistance from Bethany Dominik, MPH and Cindy San Miguel, MPH from the UIC School of Public Health Center of Excellence.  John Richards and his team from the MCH Navigator work with this group to add the collected “stories” and related resources to the MCH Navigator, preserving this knowledge for posterity and allowing it to be shared with future MCH academics as well as those considering this career path.

Click on the links below to access interviews with each of these MCH academics. These interviews provide real-life examples of Competency 9: Developing Others Through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring:


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.