Integrative Health

Integrative health is the pursuit of personal health and well-being foremost, while addressing disease as needed, with the support of a trans-disciplinary health team dedicated to all clinically proven approaches. It requires the coordinated delivery of conventional medical care, evidence-based non-drug approaches, self-care, and lifestyle for producing optimal health and well-being.

In funding integrative health-based initiatives and organizations, the Samueli Foundation’s top priorities are to:

  • Support programs and practices promoting healing of the whole person, especially in primary care and oncology.
  • Utilize creative and innovative approaches to education, prevention, treatment, and research of disease and illness.

Integrative Health Programs

Under the leadership of physician, researcher, and author Wayne B. Jonas, MD, Integrative Health Programs is an effort launched in 2017 to help physicians and patients with information and resources that add health back into health care. DrWayneJonas.com is a platform that empowers patients and doctors by providing solutions to enhance health, prevent disease, and relieve chronic pain.  Dr. Jonas and his team work to increase awareness and access to integrative health, with a goal of making integrative health regular and routine.

Recent Programmatic efforts include:


Featured Partners & Projects

Integrative Health at the University of California, Irvine

In 2017, the Samueli Foundation funded a first-of-its-kind health sciences and nursing complex at UC Irvine to train the next generation of healthcare professionals in an integrative, team-based setting. Learn more here.

Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute

The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute was established in 2001 with a generous gift of $5.7 million from Henry and Susan Samueli. Known then as the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, the Institute’s purpose was to explore the frontiers of integrative medicine. Since then, the Institute has stayed true to its roots and is a vital contributor to the mission of innovation through integrative health.


Access the Integrative Health Research Archive

Since 2001, Henry and Susan Samueli have worked to build the evidence base for integrative health by funding rigorous research in healing, well-being, and resilience. Samueli Foundation funded research has produced nearly 700 peer-reviewed journal articles, supplements, and book chapters, many of which are available in the research archive.

Visit Samueli.org/Research to explore the evidence of complementary, alternative, and integrative health on pain, stress, and performance.