The Healthy Families Initiative (HFI) at Chapman University fosters family health through research, dissemination of information, training, and community service to families. HFI strives to expand awareness and understanding of critical factors related to promoting healthy families. Both health and family are defined broadly and we invite collaboration with colleagues from any discipline who are conducting research in these areas using any methodology.
Research topics include health across the family lifespan (from prenatal through later life), child and family processes related to overweight and obesity, substance use prevention, women’s health, and understanding and measuring family resilience.
Training and Service objectives include developing family workshops for not for profit Orange County agencies, linking individuals to the Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy, collaborating with the Babbie Research Center in building an infrastructure at Chapman to support research on healthy families, hosting visiting scholars, and developing online courses in to enhance existing curricula in health and family studies.