Family Impact Seminar Series | Hallie Ford Center


This series brings top researchers to legislators and agency leadership to provide the best scientific evidence on policies that affect the well-being of children and families. It is designed to facilitate learning among policymakers and experts in a nonpartisan, solution-oriented way and to promote awareness of the impact of policies on families.

The format is a one and one-half hour seminar of two to three presentations by premier researchers and policy analysts, followed by a discussion. They are held in the Capitol building or nearby facility to make it as easy as possible for policy leaders to participate. Each seminar includes a brief white paper that summarizes the latest high-quality research on the topic and explains policy implications.

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Seminar whitepapers


It is different from other seminars and briefings because it offers:

Family Impact Perspective
Because nearly all Americans (91%) report that their family is extremely important to them, the seminars provide policymakers with the opportunity to understand the impact of policies on families rather than individuals. 

Objective Information
Rather than bringing in speakers to lobby for particular policies, seminars feature national researchers and policy analysts to present nonpartisan, state-of-the-art information on a range of policy options. 

Neutral, Nonpartisan Setting
The seminar provides a neutral setting outside the political environment for policymakers to discuss issues and seek common ground.

These seminars are hosted by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’:
Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families
Extension Family and Community Health


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Contact the Family Impact Seminar planning group at

This group comprises an interdisciplinary collaboration of College of Public Health and Human Sciences faculty, including: