Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families

“We have a real passion for children and families.”

– Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families Endowed Director Rick Settersten


“Just as the most important work that you and I will ever do is within the walls of our homes, our research, which will result in positive change for parents and children, will take place behind the walls of our new home – the Hallie Ford Center. Home is the great gift that the Fords and other major donors have provided us – a place for great intellectual work and collaboration, a place for focused, strategic work, a place for spontaneous interaction, and above all, a place to inspire.”

Made possible by the visionary gift of late Oregon philanthropist, Hallie Ford, the center opened Sept. 8, 2011, and is home to and a catalyst for holistic, interdisciplinary, collaborative research from across the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The spirit of collaboration also is evident in the physical design of the center, which features a three-story atrium and murals by Oregon artist Ron Mills de Pinyas, a professor of art at Linfield College.

Already home to a handful of large federally funded research projects, the center soon will be a “booming, buzzing place for grant-writing and publishing workshops, writing groups, colloquia and public events related to research, policy and practice,” Settersten says. “We have big plans.”

The Center is organized into four Research Cores

These cores build on the existing strengths of the College and serve as catalysts for collaborative research activity that will lead the College to new prominence in advancing science and serving the needs of the public.