Lucine Francis is a public health nurse and researcher focused on identifying ways children from vulnerable communities are provided with the best environment to ensure their health and well-being. Currently, Dr. Francis seeks to understand the role of early care and education settings in child health and early learning. Her work has been supported by the NIH and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. She plans to develop and test acceptable solutions to improve wellness policies and practices within childcare and school settings. Dr. Francis is a member of Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, the Maryland Child Care Wellness advisory panel, and recently completed the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Fellowship in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing. Dr. Francis earned a bachelor's in Neuroscience at Smith College and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins undergraduate and Ph.D. nursing programs.