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MCHSO Service Event Honors Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Week

MCHSO students packed gift bags for mothers

May 12, 2023

In observation of Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Week, the Maternal and Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO) hosted their second Service Day engagement on May 10th – a self-care themed event preparing “Self-Care Kits” for parents of children receiving care at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

self-care packages for mothers day

Arpita Deb, MCHSO President and MS in Biostatistics student, discussed the importance of this event:

“Mother’s Day is a very special day for me personally. The most noble and influential figure in one’s life is often his/her mother. Throughout their lives mothers go through tremendous amounts of hardship performing her roles to the best of their abilities. So, as President of the Maternal and Child Health Student Organization, I believe we, the students, should come together and celebrate motherhood, and appreciate their unconditioned love, selflessness, and kindness. 

Ninety kits were prepared with ChapSticks, chocolate treats, Epson salts, nail polish, hair scrunchies, stress relief tea, and a small craft to show appreciation and remind busy moms to take a moment for self-care over the weekend.

MCHSO students packing gift bags for mothers

Students also included handwritten cards for each mother. While helping to write out the Mother’s Day cards Tamar Tertulien, a 1st year MPH student in the Epidemiology department and MCH trainee, commented, “This is such a wonderful service event, the bags came out so beautiful!”

The kits will be distributed to mothers at the hospital over the Mother’s Day weekend.

“The kits are so special for our mothers, they will bring smiles to mothers all over the hospital this weekend, said Dr. Renee Turchi of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Dornsife School of Public Health and the MCHSO faculty advisor.

"This Mother’s Day let’s come together as a community to bring awareness towards the importance of maternal health and pamper all the mothers this Mother’s Day!!” added Arpita Deb.

Below you can check out a reel from the event for MCHSO Instagram (@Drexel_mchso).

MCHSO provides leadership and public health information essential in the promotion, improvement, and maintenance of the overall health status of women, children, infants, and families. Through guest speakers, article discussions, and community engagements, the organization explores a broad range of social, policy-driven and environmental conditions that impact the health of mothers, children, and families. MCHSO is a part of Dornsife's Maternal and Child Health Program.

Interested in joining MCHSO?

Drexel students interested in joining MCHSO and participating in upcoming events can send an email to (NPASS) or join the organization on DragonLink.

You can also follow the group on Instagram @Drexel_mchso.

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