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Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice

The Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice engages in academic-practice partnership to provide maternal and child health  scholars with exceptional academic, research, leadership and practical training.  

We are proud to be one of 13 Centers of Excellence funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the only one in Region 7, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. 

Our Mission 

The overall mission of the Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice is to strengthen and diversify the maternal and child health public health workforce in Region 7, and in turn, improve the health status of women, children and families in the region and the United States.

Our Goals

  • Increase the recruitment and retention of diverse students into Saint Louis University's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) maternal and child health concentration, and provide scholarship and resources to support these students.
  • Enhance SLU's maternal and child health program by infusing the curriculum with racial and social justice values and implementing an interdisciplinary certification in maternal and child health.
  • Identify and enhance cross-disciplinary internship training throughout Region 7.
  • Expand an maternal and child health advisory board comprised of faculty and regional maternal and child health professionals and engage in innovative academic-practice partnerships.
  • Provide continuing education, technical assistance, and leadership skills to existing maternal and child health professionals throughout Region 7.
Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice  Leadership Team
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Saint Louis University
  • Director, Maternal and Child Health Program, Saint Louis University
  • Director, Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
  • Professor, Epidemiology, Saint Louis University
  • Department Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Saint Louis University
  • Associate Director, Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
  • Associate Professor, Social Work, Saint Louis University
  • Associate Director, Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Saint Louis University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
  • Student Liaison, Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
  • Graduate Student Worker, Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
Advisory Board

Chad Abresch, Ph.D., M.Ed.

  • Executive Director, CityMatCH, Omaha, Nebraska

Ellen K. Barnidge, Ph.D, M.S.

  •  Associate Professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University

Rhonda BeLue, Ph.D., M.S.

  •  Professor, Health Management and Policy, Saint Louis University
  •  Department Chair, Health Management and Policy, Saint Louis University

Jen Jen Chang, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Professor, Epidemiology, Saint Louis University

Michael Elliott, Ph.D., M.S.

  • Associate Professor, Biostatistics, Saint Louis University
  • Associate Dean, Public Health, Saint Louis University

Lora Gulley, M.S.W.

  •  Director, Community Mobilization and Advocacy, Generate Health, St. Louis, Missouri

Anne K. Sebert Kuhlmann, Ph.D. M.P.H.

  • Associate Professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University
  • Director, Master of Public Health Program, Saint Louis University

Susan Kendig, M.S.N., J.D., WHNP-BC, FAANP

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health, Saint Louis University
  • Women’s Health Integration Specialist, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Marcus Johnson-Miller, CMP

  • Director, Title V Maternal and Child Health, Iowa Department of Public Health

Sara Morgan

  • Director, Title V Maternal and Child Health, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Rachel Sisson, M.S.

Director, Title V Maternal and Child Health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Martha Smith, M.S.N., RN

  •  Director, Title V Maternal Child Health, & Public Health Nursing Coordinator, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Ricardo J. Wray, Ph.D. M.S.

  • Professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University
  • Department Chair, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University

Activities and Resources

The Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice provides maternal and child health scholars financial, academic, research, mentoring, and experiential support to enhance their personal and professional growth and equip them with the necessary skills to improve the health of women, children, and families in our region.

Through the Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice, maternal and child health scholars pursue their M.P.H. with a concentration in maternal child health are paired with one of our internationally renowned faculty mentors to work on maternal and child health related research projects, and receive practicum training with stipends focused on work for agencies in Region 7.

The Saint Louis University Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education also offers an interdisciplinary maternal child health certificate  which includes  core courses that could be counted towards an M.P.H. degree, as well as numerous additional continuing education opportunities, including a yearly webinar, symposium, and seminars related to the maternal child health field.

The following links provide additional learning resources for scholars to further enrich their education and training: