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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 unleash 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 unleash innovation in the next-generation pool of physicians and scientists who will accelerate solutions to women’s health issues.
Outreach and Events
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.
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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Howell Health Lecture Webinar
Microplastic Pollution in the Ocean and its Effect in Human Health
September 24, 2021
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Registration Fee: $25 (your fee is 100% tax deductible)
About the Topic
Microplastic pollution is an emerging concern in the environment. In this event, the speaker will introduce overall issues and concerns regarding to microplastic pollution such as coastal pollution with microplastics, their fate and transport, exposure to wildlife and humans, and toxicity.
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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 possibility of unleashing 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.
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.”
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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