Hallie E. Ford In 2008, just before her passing at age 102, noted Oregon philanthropist Hallie E. Ford gave a gift of $8 million to provide for a building and an endowed director for the center; continuing her legacy of love, care and support for children and families.

Her gift was prompted by decades of successful research, teaching and outreach in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

Researchers in the Center take a holistic approach to studying preventive health for children and families including physical intellectual, emotional and social development across the lifespan. See Simple Life, Solid Values...Lasting Legacy (pdf)



The Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families promotes the development and wellbeing of children, youth and families by generating, translating and sharing research-based knowledge. The center advocates a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to research, training and outreach that has far-reaching consequences for Oregon and beyond.


The Center embraces these foundational beliefs

  • The early years are of fundamental importance for optimizing health and human development, and for ensuring a successful launch into adult life
  • Families, broadly defined, provide the central foundation for healthy children and youth
  • The culture and context of families is integral to their wellbeing
  • Children and families form the basis for vibrant communities and economies


The Center promotes healthy children, youth, and families by

  • Conducting innovative and interdisciplinary human research, both basic and applied
  • Translating and disseminating research findings for use by practitioners, policymakers, educators and the public
  • Building the capacity for research across the college and university
  • Enhancing the strengths of families, organizations and communities


The Center is committed to

  • Creating and evaluating programs and generating research that informs policy
  • Developing advanced and novel research methods
  • Training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty
  • Contributing to public health and human science professional development in communities
  • Facilitating collaboration among members of multiple academic units at OSU and between OSU and other institutions
  • Fostering collaborative relationships among stakeholders that serve children, youth and families


A 5-Year Celebration: The Hallie Ford Center's Impact and Future

Learn more about achievements in the first five years of the center and take a look ahead to its bright future.