Mission:  Building Healthy Families strengthens families through proven family education and support programs and helps create family environments that assure children's school readiness, success, and life skills.

Vision:  All Northeast Oregon families have the skills to nurture healthy, productive children.

Tagline:  Strengthening families through education and support

Non-discrimination policy: Building Healthy Families does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Follow this link to read our full policy.

1999, the Wallowa County Commission on Children and Families (CCF) led a community planning process for services to children and families. The need for parent education was identified as a significantly missing service in the community. A part-time parent education program coordinator position was funded through CCF and Oregon Community Safety Net (Department of Human Services). The Wallowa County Education Service District provided fiscal management.

2002, The Ford Family Foundation posted a request for proposals under their Enhancing the Skills of Parents (ESPP) initiative. The working group in Wallowa responded and received funding to further develop parent education programs. In addition to the financial award, The Ford Family Foundation provided excellent technical assistance, education and networking opportunities to recipients. With the additional staff time, a grant was written to Oregon Community Foundation to fund Incredible Years parent training and successful proposals were submitted to the CCF for continued funding.

2002, the CCF rolled out the final phase of Healthy Start and BHF was awarded the contract for those services. A Healthy Start Family Support Worker was hired and the BHF advisory board was formed. Currently, BHF manages the Healthy Start/Healthy Families program in Wallowa and Baker Counties.

2003-2004, the advantages of becoming a non-profit organization became apparent; application for 501 (c) (3) status was made to the Internal Revenue Service and a letter of tax-exemption acquired.

2005, BHF was awarded a second Ford Family Foundation four year, ESPP II grant. The four year ESPP II grant and our long term relationship with OCF was a catalyst for the expansion and diversification of BHF’s funding and service to Wallowa County and Northeast Oregon. Criteria for BHF Programs Embed parent, family education and support services Collaborative (public/private) Strength-based – Evidence-based – Common outcomes Shared Measurement Systems (Parent Skills Ladder) Resilience – Relationships

2006, New leadership (Executive Director and expanded board of directors) ESPP II

2007, Developed an organization profile, sustainability plan, and revised our mission, vision and tagline. With our reorganization we further developed our board of directors (focusing on community champions). Developed and hired an Education Coordinator. Began a partnership with Wallowa County Library to enhance early childhood education literacy programming (Literacy Link)

2008, Developed Exploration: An Out of School Time Alliance (Wallowa afterschool program). Expanded Parent Education to included community events.

2009, Developed a partnership for a regional Healthy Start-Healthy Families program (Baker & Wallowa counties). Granted fifth year of Ford Family Foundation support to further develop parent education opportunities. Exploration: An Out of School Time Alliance (developed Tutoring and Mentoring program). Enterprise/BHF High School Alternative Education program. Developed an Early Childhood Comprehensive Campus including a Learning Center (Meyer Memorial Trust). Awarded an Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Safe Havens Supervised Visitation Grant.

2010, Expanded Exploration Tutoring and Mentor program to all three school districts (OCF RAI grantee). Oregon Parent Education Collaborative "HUB" Grantee expanded/coordinated parent education programming (Baker & Wallowa counties). Became the house for the Wallowa County Prevention Program.

2011, Obtained a Safe & Drug Free Schools grantee (afterschool program/Natural Helpers/community & health). Expanded Exploration K-4th to all three school districts. Hired a Home Visiting Program Coordinator (Healthy Start/DHS/HUB). Gained support from the Ford Family Foundation to continue the Learning Center programming.

2012, Through a partnership with Wallowa County Community Corrections, BHF is offering two premiere cognitive-behavioral programs for substance abuse treatment and for criminal justice offenders; Moral Reconation Therapy-(MRT) and Thinking for Change (T4C). 
In collaboration with Portland State University and Department of Human Services, BHF is offering the Relationship-Based Visitation program, a parenting intervention delivered by a parent coach in a visitation setting.  Parent coaches use The Nurturing Skills Program (NSP) which is an evidence-based parenting curriculum, to provide parent skills training to families with children under age 13 who are in out-of-home placements.
Finally, BHF was awarded the DHS District #13 (Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties) Family Support and Connections (FS&C) contract.  FS&C is a statewide program designed to help families meet the challenges of being a parent in the world today.

Building Healthy Families is Northeast Oregon's largest family education and support organization serving over 350 families and 600 children in 2010-2011.  Outcomes are tracked quarterly through ongoing evaluation systems indentified as “common measurement tools” to insure programs are effective.  Outcomes for BHF program are consistently positive across a variety of domains for the purpose of supporting children’s healthy development, reducing the risk for child maltreatment and increasing school readiness and success.