Collaboration is a hallmark of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families. To foster that interdisciplinary collaboration, four research cores have identified in part because they build on the college’s existing strengths and are broad enough to maximize the contributions of faculty from every area.
In addition to fostering collaboration, these developing cores were selected with the future in mind. They are ripe for new growth and will serve as catalysts not only for furthering the college but most importantly for advancing science and serving the public.
The early years set the foundation for development throughout life. This core focuses on children's self-control and school readiness, which are early signs of future success. It also examines how families, educational settings and communities play critical roles in ensuring positive early development.
Adolescence offers opportunities for positive development. Because the experiences of youth are crucial in shaping their paths into adulthood, this core focuses on understanding the behaviors and settings that promote their development, protect them from risk and promote their resilience.
Children are increasingly at risk for health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and asthma. This core focuses on understanding the behavioral and environmental factors that influence obesity and healthy lifestyles.
Families are central to raising healthy children, and communities are central to supporting them. This core focuses on evaluating what strategies work best for parents and communities in enhancing children's development.