California Home Visiting Coordination

This project will aid efforts to increase coordination among agencies providing home visiting and family support services in California’s early childhood system of care. In the face of considerable challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the goals are to increase efficiency, maximize resources, and improve quality of services to address family needs.

First 5 California aims to promote, support, and optimize the early development of children, from the prenatal stage through age 5. JBA, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will—

  • Survey counties to assess the status of home visiting coordination and identify related needs and priorities
  • Support counties in developing their home visiting coordination action plans
  • Provide coordination-related technical assistance to counties and facilitate peer learning
  • Advise First 5 California and provide policy recommendations


  • Julie Leis, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Julie Leis has nearly 20 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of home visiting, mental health, and child development...

  • Nichole Sturmfels, M.P.H. Senior Data Manager

    Nichole Sturmfels has nearly 15 years of experience in applied public health research, data operations, and technical assistance—primarily in the areas of home...

  • Jill Filene, M.P.H. Executive Vice President

    Jill Filene has more than 15 years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, and technical assistance. Her areas of expertise include home...

  • Heather Johnson, M.P.H. Research Associate

    Heather Hudspeth Johnson has nearly 10 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs. She has worked...

  • Hannah Simmons Continuous Quality Improvement Associate
  • Colleen Morrison, Ph.D. Research Associate
  • Leah Childress, Ph.D. Research Associate
  • Katie Sacca Brennan, M.P.H. Research Associate
  • Dakota Bragato Research Assistant


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health