Laura Louison is a senior implementation specialist with UNC School of Social Work. Laura specializes in technical assistance and facilitation for public agencies and philanthropic organizations to support the use of implementation science in their work. She is particularly interested in the challenge of building capacity in public systems and rural communities. Laura’s work focuses on current issues in maternal, child and family wellbeing: home visiting, maternal health care systems, kindergarten readiness, perinatal substance use, and rural implementation. She previously served as director of the North Carolina Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program at the North Carolina Division of Public Health, where she was responsible for the implementation of the federal MIECHV program and statewide implementation of Nurse Family Partnership in collaboration with public and private stakeholders. Laura has a Master of Social Work and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Swarthmore College.