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Turning research findings into policy and practice

HARC Leadership

The Leadership Team is made up of respected leaders in the home visiting research field. They lead all aspects of the projects.

Meet The Leadership

The National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council is comprised of a diverse group of home visiting stakeholders. They provide guidance to the Leadership Team on project activities.

Meet The National Advisory Council

The HARC Council

The HARC Council reviews and approves all research that is carried out by the PBRN.

Meet The HARC Council

Who We Are

The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) was established in 2012 with core funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (MCBH HRSA). Since then, HARC’s objectives have been to:

  • develop a national network of researchers and other home visiting stakeholders;
  • develop and disseminate a national research agenda; and
  • advance the use of innovative methods and translation of findings into policy and practice.

In 2017, HARC was given a five-year award from MCHB HRSA to expand on its work and to build a home visiting research and development platform. In this expanded role, HRSA will:

  • intensify the use of specific innovative research methods to address national home visiting priorities related to precision home visiting; and
  • accelerate integration of results into practice.

For more information about home visiting in general, please visit the National Home Visiting Resource Center.


HARC is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement UD5MC30792, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Research and Development Platform. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government.

Leadership Team

Anne Duggan, ScD

Anne Duggan, ScDDIRECTOR

Anne Duggan, ScD, is HARC’s founding director. She is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has a background in health policy and management. Since 1992, her research has aimed to strengthen the impact of home visiting and the larger system of early childhood care on healthy family functioning, parenting, and child health and development in at-risk families. Much of her current work is related to the Federal Home Visiting Program. She is co-principal investigator of the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE), the national evaluation of the MIECHV Program, and of HARC’s work to assess the quality of home visitor-family communication in visits. She leads statewide evaluative research on home visiting and the system of early childhood care for Maryland and New Jersey. The research in these states is diverse, involving the use of both primary and administrative methods and now, through these two states’ recent MIECHV Innovations award, it serves as a prototype for innovative methods to achieve precision home visiting.

Jon Korfmacher, PhD

Jon Korfmacher, PhDChair of HARC’s Practice-Based Research Network

Jon Korfmacher, Ph.D., is chair of HARC’s Practice-Based Research Network and an associate professor at Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development in Chicago. For over 20 years, his research has examined the implementation and outcome of early childhood interventions, parent engagement in early childhood services, and quality assessment, with a special focus on workforce training and development. He has worked on numerous research trials focused on home visiting programs, including Nurse Family Partnership and Early Head Start, as well as other early childhood interventions. He currently oversees the Illinois Birth To Three Prevention Initiative Monitoring Project, examining program quality for birth services funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. Dr. Korfmacher also consults nationally and internationally on early childhood home visiting research and practice. He is a consultant and member of the Technical and Advisory Group for Home Visiting for the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

Jill Filene, MPH

Jill Filene, MPH

Jill Filene, MPH, is the executive vice president at James Bell Associates. Ms. Filene has 20 years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, and technical assistance. She is experienced in designing, implementing, and managing research projects. Her research focuses on home visiting, child welfare, child development, prevention services, and implementation. Ms. Filene directs several home visiting projects, including the National Home Visiting Resource Center, Family Level State of Home Visiting Assessment, and the Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation Technical Assistance Project, and is part of the management team on the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) and MIHOPE-Strong Start studies.

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, is the William H. Gates, Sr. Professor and chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. Her research focuses on enhancing the quality of preventive services for children and understanding the impact of systems reforms on the health and well-being of children and families. She directs the Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center, leads the Strengthen the Evidence initiative, and co-leads, with Dr. Anne Duggan, an effort to develop a framework to promote coordination in the early childhood system.

MaryCatherine Arbour, MD, MPH

MaryCatherine Arbour, MD, MPH

MaryCatherine Arbour, MD, MPH, is an associate physician at the Division of Global Health Equity, a senior research associate at the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She implements and evaluates interdisciplinary interventions to promote child development globally, using a combination of experimental, ethnographic, and quality improvement methodologies. She is particularly interested in methods for adapting evidence-based practices across diverse contexts and populations, and in scale. Dr. Arbour’s expertise includes adapting continuous quality improvement methods to a diversity of disciplines and contexts to improve clinical, public health, and education outcomes. She has led quality improvement capacity-building efforts, and formal curriculum development and delivery with professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members.

Deborah Daro, PhD, MCP

Deborah Daro, PhD, MCP

Deborah Daro, PhD, MCP, is a senior research fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She has over 40 years of experience in evaluating child abuse treatment and prevention programs. Dr. Daro’s work informs strategies that embed individualized, targeted prevention efforts within more universal efforts to alter normative standards and community context. Her research focuses on child welfare reform and public policy, developing universal systems of support for new parents, and creating community partnerships to protect children.

Lauren Supplee, PhD

Lauren Supplee, PhD

Lauren H. Supplee, PhD, is a senior program area director for early childhood research at Child Trends. Dr. Supplee has devoted her professional career to working on research and evaluation with the goal of applying her knowledge to policy and practice. She conducts research and evaluation that contributes to program improvement and improved outcomes for children and families. Her research focuses on evidence-based policy, social-emotional development in early childhood, parenting, prevention and intervention programs for children at-risk, and implementation.

National Advisory Council

Lisa Abramson, MPH, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Laura Alfani, MPH, Washington Department of Early Learning

Claire Dunham, MSW, Ounce of Prevention

Beth Green, PhD, Portland State University

Brenda Jones-Harden, PhD, University of Maryland

Allison Kemner, MPH, Parents as Teachers

Lakota Kruse, MD, MPH, New Jersey Department of Health

Darcy Lowell, MD, Child First

Jean Mitchell, Med, Maryland Family Network

Kathy Pillow Price, EdD, Arkansas Home Visiting Network

Ron Seifer, PhD, Brown University

Laura Shoaf, MSW, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

Bill Thorland, PhD, Nurse Family Partnership

Leisa Harner, MS Economic Security Corporation, Missouri

HARC Council Members

Jon Korfmacher, PhD (Chair), Erikson University

Sally Baggett, (ex officio), EDC

Karen Carmody, PhD, Duke University Medical Center

Beth Green, PhD, Portland State University

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kathy Pillow Price, EdD, Arkansas Home Visiting Network

Laura Shoaf, MSW, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

Darius Tandon, PhD, Northwestern University

Marilyn Van Oostrum, RN, BSN, Yakima Nurse-Family Partnership