Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Health & Wellness
Founded 2011 - Ongoing

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a non-profit hospital for pediatric care and one of America’s premier teaching hospitals. It has been recognized among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence.

In 2011, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation partnered with CHLA to develop the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Playground. The playground, located at CHLA, provides a place of play for both disabled and non-disabled children. The universal playground can accommodate children with wheelchairs, leg braces, crutches, and other barriers that usually leave them sidelined at traditional playgrounds. The play area also features sound and visual stimulation for children with hearing or vision loss. The playground addresses individual disabilities but provides a common area that is entertaining for nondisabled children as well.

In 2014, the Foundation funded an endowed chair for the director of the Developmental Neurogenetics program within CHLA’s Institute for the Developing Mind. The Developmental Neurogenetics program serves as a bridge between basic discoveries in the research lab and the development of important new prevention strategies and therapies for young patients.

The chair endowed by the Foundation is held by Pat Levitt, Ph.D. Levitt is an internationally renowned expert in brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders. Levitt’s basic and clinical research holds the promise of identifying how genetics and the environment come together to construct the healthy brain, and how alterations in this complex process can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders. Levitt’s visionary leadership will be key in helping to understand early brain development, and in particular, the development of learning, social behavior, communication, and emotional connection.

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Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation supports AIHM by awarding scholarships to professionals participating in the Interprofessional Fellowship Program. This two-year fellowship program immerses professionals into an innovative, interactive, and clinically focused curriculum that lays the foundation for integrated care while teaching professionals to work effectively within an interprofessional team.


The Institute for Integrative Health

The Foundation supports the Institute for Integrative Health’s commitment to advancing science with expanded research methods and to exploring new models of health, and discovering fresh ways to engage the public in its pursuit of health.


Simms/Mann Integrative Medicine Lecture Series at MD Anderson

The Foundation supported the creation of the Simms/Mann Integrative Medicine Program Lecture Series at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Yale Cancer Center

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation have been longtime supporters of the research endeavors at Yale Cancer Center.


Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

The Foundation supports Harvard Medical School’s Eye and Ear Infirmary Fellowships in Neurotology, along with ENT specialist Dr. Raul Metson.


Bravewell Collaborative

The Foundation is a past supporter of the Bravewell Collaborative, a community of leading philanthropists who work together to transform our health care system through the advancement of integrative medicine.

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