Whole Child Award


Do you know an outstanding leader in the whole child movement?

The Simms/Mann Institute is proud to announce the 2018 Whole Child Award to honor leaders who pursue a whole child approach in their work.

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Past Recipients

Jack P. Shonkoff, MD - 2017 recipient

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Founding Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

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Ben Danielson, MD - 2017 recipient

Along with two sisters, Ben Danielson was raised by an amazing single mom who instilled in him an appreciation for the value of education and a desire to be a contributing member of the community. In college, he decided that being a doctor was a good way to meld his scientific and human-service interests. Since finishing his undergraduate studies in Boston, Dr. Danielson has spent his medical education, residency, and career in Seattle.

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Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD - 2017 recipient

Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D. holds the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair of Infant Mental Health in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, where she is also Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs. She is Director of the Child Trauma Research Program, San Francisco General Hospital and clinical consultant with the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She is past president of the board of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and is on the board of trustees of the Irving B. Harris Foundation.

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Michael Yogman, MD - 2015 recipient

Dr. Yogman has been in pediatric practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 20 years after several years working full time at Boston Children’s Hospital with Dr T Berry Brazelton. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School where he teaches and does research on the father-child relationship, developmental interventions,and nutrition and behavior. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1973 and was board certified in Developmental Behavioral pediatrics when it first became a subspecialty in 2002.

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About the Whole Child Award

In 2015, the Simms/Mann Institute launched the Whole Child Award to honor a medical professional focused on pursuing a whole child approach in caring for children and their families. The inaugural award of $25,000 was given to Dr. Michael Yogman, a nationally recognized pediatrician and advocate, who has worked in the field of pediatrics for over twenty years, both as a clinician at Boston Children’s Hospital and as an academic at Harvard Medical School.

This year, the Simms Mann Institute is expanding the Whole Child Award to honor extraordinary individuals from a variety of sectors. Specifically, we are looking for individuals who have made a significant impact in the zero to three space as medical clinicians (OB/GYNs, pediatricians, or nurses), nonprofit/community leaders, or educational champions. Each winner will receive a $25,000 award and recognition at the Simms Mann Institute Think Tank.

The nominee must be available to attend the Simms Mann Institute Think Tank on May 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Nominations will be accepted until 5:00PM on December 05, 2017. Please read the nomination criteria in full and fill out the nomination form below.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Fall into one of the following professional categories:
    • Medical (open to OB/GYNs, pediatricians, and nurses)
    • Community (open to those working in the nonprofit, education, government, advocacy, and/or academic sectors)
  • Have at least 10 years of experience/practice in their field, reflecting their commitment to the zero to three movement.
  • Have made a significant, tangible, and lasting impact on the whole child movement, supporting prenatal and maternal health and wellness and/or early childhood development and education for children ages zero to three.
    • Have either effected, or have the potential to effect, systemic change. This might include, but is not limited to: influence in their field, policy change, wide scale adoption of an early intervention, development of a new model, etc.
  • Exhibit strong passion and commitment to the whole child movement — as well as a high degree of personal integrity.
  • Be available to attend the Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank on May 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

If you are nominating someone from the Medical Profession:

  • Nominee must be a currently practicing OB/GYN, pediatrician, or nurse.
  • Nominee must have an impact in the whole child movement beyond their individual medical practice or institution.
  • Preference will be given to nominees who utilize an integrative approach in their practice.

If you are nominating someone from the Community:

  • Nominee must be leader from the nonprofit, community, or government sector who has played an active role in the whole child movement OR
  • Nominee must be individual working in an academic or research institution whose work has had an impact in the field beyond their individual institution.
  • Preference will be given to nominees who train early care educators and/or who are testing, building, and implementing practical models, applications, or interventions that are being used by practitioners today.

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