Loraine Swanson Lucinski, an early childhood expert, works to transform systems to promote children’s health, development, and well-being. Lucinski has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating child wellness programs and systems change initiatives at local and state levels. As director of the Home Visiting–Improvement Action Center Team, she supports state and territory home visiting program grantees as they provide services to at-risk pregnant mothers and families.

Lucinski began her career providing family-based therapy to children, ages birth to 3, with developmental disabilities or who were at risk for delays due to environmental factors, including familial opioid and other substance misuse disorders. She is the former Tennessee deputy director for child health in the Division of Family Health and Wellness. She sat on the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet and related committees, including the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Sub-Committee, and was appointed to a number of high-level advisory committees, including the Children’s Mental Health Council and the Three Branches Initiative.

In 2017, Lucinski was named the Jim Pryor Child Advocate of the Year by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth for her work in raising awareness about the lifelong impacts of childhood adversity. She holds a BA in developmental psychology and biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MPH in public health and graduate certificates in child development and maternal and child health epidemiology from Emory University.

Projects

Home Visiting–Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT)

Speaking Highlights

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Impact on Tennesseans

Opening speech, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s Annual Child Advocacy Days, Building Strong Brains in Tennessee
March 14, 2018

Butterflies and Childhood Adversity: The Genesis of the Building Strong Brains Initiative in Tennessee

Keynote speech, Tennessee State University, Center of Excellence for Learning Science Higher Education Symposium
March 12, 2018

Fiscal and Subrecipient Monitoring

Workshop, Annual Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting All Grantee meeting
September 08, 2017