History

Helen Wallace, MD, MPH

Wallace Center Advisory Committee

History

The Wallace Center was established in 2015 with an endowment from Helen Wallace, MD, MPH. Dr. Wallace mentored generations of students as a professor and chair of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health program from 1962 to 1980. She laid important groundwork in the field by fostering collaboration across disciplines at a time when it was rare to do so, and she implemented these practices within the school, in research partnerships and in her writing. She was particularly interested in infant health, maternal mortality, health systems that improved health outcomes, and expanded delivery of health care to mothers and children. Dr. Wallace passed away in 2013 at the age of 99.

The Center established in her name is positioning itself as a research-action center that capitalizes on UC Berkeley and the Bay Area as a nexus of both technological innovation and reproductive health action, research, and advocacy.  The Wallace Center aims to harness innovative technologies (including sensors, apps and wearables for research and behavior change; digital health information-seeking patterns and resources; and harnessing web-based big data) as a means of reducing maternal and child health disparities and diminishing the digital divide between those with ready access to the health benefits of technology and those who do not.  Ultimately, the Wallace Center will educate and empower the next generation of maternal, child, and adolescent health leaders and communities through investigation and intervention and by establishing partnerships with industry, academia, funders, and practitioners.