In 1987, Paul Simon and paediatrician Irwin Redlener co-founded the Children’s Health Fund, launching mobile medical clinics to bring healthcare to homeless children in New York City, expanding its area to accommodate victims of Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Sandy. Today, Children’s Health Fund has a fleet of 50 medical, dental and mental health clinics on wheels and has provided health care to hundreds of thousands of poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations across the US.
Children’s Health Fund has been a powerful advocate for expanding the safety net for children in poverty, and is currently collaborating with government and schools to ensure that all children are healthy and ready to learn so at-risk kids have a chance for success at school and in life.
Simon has also raised millions of dollars for charitable causes such as amfAR, The Nature Conservancy, The Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa, Autism Speaks and more. He sits on the honorary board of Little Kids Rock, which supports free musical education in public schools.
Paul interviewed His Holiness the Dalai Lama for our What’s so hard about Peace? series. He also joined The Community in Timor-Leste where he helped to distribute 4000 mosquito nets to pregnant women and mothers of small children.