Lauren’s work at CFRP focuses primarily on early childhood investments. She leads CFRP’s evaluation of the Texas Home Visiting program. Lauren holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She worked as a journalist for more than six years in Louisiana before receiving her MPH in Maternal and Child Health. While in New Orleans, Lauren worked for the Louisiana Department of Health on statewide initiatives to improve maternity care practices in hospitals and infant health outcomes. She also worked with the Mary Amelia Women’s Center in New Orleans to conceptualize a statewide report on racial disparities in birth outcomes in Louisiana. While at Tulane, she also worked with faculty to publish a manuscript about maternal experiences using supplements to aid in breastfeeding.