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Health prevention strategies, illness diagnosis and treatment, and drug development efforts rely on gender-inclusive research results. Historically, women have been either underrepresented, or excluded in medical research efforts.  

25 years ago, Dr. Howell recognized the critical need to improve women’s health. She believed in two key components to advance scientific innovation to address the most pressing issues in women’s health: access to cutting-edge research, and inspiring and funding scholars to conduct critical research affecting women’s health.

Since its founding in 1995 by Dr. Doris Howell, the Howell Foundation has awarded more than 270 scholarships and produced over 100 women’s health presentations. In 2013, it expanded its service to include community- based research grants with an emphasis on women in under-served communities.  By focusing on women-specific issues, the Howell Foundation serves to close the gender disparities in medical research that may lead to adverse  health outcomes for women.

Today, The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is dedicated to making a long-term positive impact on women’s health through scholarships, grants and community educational outreach. 

Howell Scholarship Program

We inspire and fund undergraduate and graduate researchers to pursue scientific innovation for the next-generation pool of physicians and scientists who will accelerate solutions to women’s health issues.

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We promote health education by presenting cutting-edge research that encourages self-advocacy for the long term health and well-being of women, their families and the community in which they live.

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Howell Foundation Community Engagement Initiative

We award pilot research grants to scientists working with community organizations to develop and evaluate programs designed to address the most pressing health issues affecting underrepresented women in our community.


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2022 Howell Health Lecture Series

Will you be our Valentine?
Join us for our next Webinar: Love your Heart and your Health.
February 11, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

To celebrate Heart Health Month, Dr. Katherine (Meg) Richman will discuss: 

  • How a plant-based nutrition plan positively affects your heart health
  • The right exercise plan
  • The role our micro-biome play on your good health and longevity

Give Now to Move Forward

Help us accelerate solutions in women's health for generations to come.

Your investment supports an emerging scientist and contributes to a lifetime of furthering women’s health, family health and the health of our community with education. 

Today’s Howell Scholar raises the importance of science dedicated to women’s health.  With your support, today’s Howell Scholar will have the the tools to discover the next scientific breakthrough in women’s health research. 

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What Donors are Saying:

We have entered a new era in Women’s Health and “tomorrow’s breakthrough” depends on what we do today to make a difference in the future of health care. It’s an honor to be part of this incredible group of people who believe in women’s health causes.

Maryanne Sarge
Maryanne Sorge Family Nurse Practitioner Friend of Howell Foundation

Although women live longer than men, they bear a greater burden of diseases & disability. I’m privileged to serve on the Howell Foundation Board of Directors to help this exceptional organization promote women’s health research through its student & community engagement research awards.”

Michelle LaCroix
Andrea Z. Lacroix. Ph.D. Professor & Director of the Women's Health Center of Excellence UC San Diego

For me, the Howell Foundation is about Education. Research. Next Generation. I learn so much about women’s health from the top physician researchers and scientists in San Diego. Knowing that my contribution is going toward women’s health research scholarships is rewarding.

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