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Beautiful things happen when a community comes together to support women's health!

25 years ago Dr. Howell recognized that the health of women in our community required an infusion of funding to unleash innovation in women’s health research.  By supporting undergraduate and graduate level researchers, we would create a sustainable pool of next-generation women’s health researchers and physicians to advance women’s health.

The Howell Foundation fulfills its mission of advancing women’s health by funding undergraduate and graduate research scholarships, awarding grants to scientists who conduct research benefiting under-represented women in the community, and supporting outreach efforts and events that promote health education and self-advocacy for the long-term health and well-being of women, their families and the community in which they live.

To date, the Foundation has:

  • Awarded $800,000 to undergraduate and graduate scholars pursuing a career in women’s health.
  • Held over 130 events, in which 9000 + men and women have been informed about the most relevant research on women’s health.
  • Awarded $100,000 in grants dedicated to scientists and community organizations researching the most pressing needs of underserved women in our community.

We are successfully ending our anniversary celebration year.  Our goal was to make our scholarship program sustainable by funding 25 scholarships to mark our 25th anniversary, and we are happy to report that, because of you, our scholarship program is funded for the next 18 months.

Our work is not done. We need to keep the momentum going. We need to continue keeping the women we love healthy’  for the next 25 years.   

Will you help us? 

Help us make a positive impact in women's health for another 25 years

Why give to women’s health research?

Historically, women have been underrepresented in medical research resulting in gaps and gender bias in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. The Howell Foundation is dedicated to closing these gaps and improving women’s health long-term for the sake of the individual, her family and the greater community.

What are the benefits?

By funding undergraduate and graduate level researchers, we are tapping their innovation and creating a sustainable pool of next generation women’s health researchers.

The best benefit is knowing that your investment supports a young scholar and contributes to a lifetime of furthering women’s health and the health of our community.

$5,000 Full Scholarship Donor

$1,000 Women's Health Research Pioneer

$500 Women's Health Innovator

$250 Women's Health Advocate

$150 Friend of Howell

The Impact of a Howell Scholarship

Where are they now?

Graphic of gene cells

“My name is Dan Hemmati.  I am a past award recipient from the University of California, San Diego.  I am writing to let you know of an interesting development in the news this week.

As you have probably seen by now, the actress Angelina Jolie recently decided to undergo a full mastectomy after testing positive for a mutation of the BRCA1 gene.  Mutations of this gene have been known to result in a much higher rate of breast cancer among women.

What you may not know is that your assistance helped fund the research that led to the discovery of the molecular mechanism of cancer from the mutated gene.  Your Foundation does amazing work and I would be happy to help if you have any questions. Thank you again for everything.”

Dr. Dan Hemmati, 2013  Howell Scholar

Charles Mordaunt
2013 Howell-CSUPERB Scholar

“The Howell Scholarship Award provided recognition, encouragement, and funding that greatly improved my application and transition into a PhD program. It also helped to instill in me the importance of including women in scientific research. As a PhD student, I studied the role of epigenetics in both autism and Wilson disease, a rare liver disorder. I recently started a new position at a pharmaceutical company, where I’ll be using genomic data to identify new drug targets.

My current priority in women’s health is ensuring that the studies I’m involved in include women and consider the differences in how women might be affected by disease or respond to treatments.”

Hoejeong Kim
2018 Howell –UCSD Scholar

“The Howell Scholarship Award gave me a sense of belonging in these places of higher education. In the span of a year, I went from struggling to put on a glove to presenting my project on tracking stem cell-like cells in the placenta over gestation. The award was like a wind against my back, letting me know my pursuit towards medicine was the right path.

I am currently working as the Program Assistant & Peer Education Coordinator for CARE at SARC, the Sexual Assault Resource Center at UCSD. I develop the training practicum for new volunteers, mentor students, and create educational programs that are aimed to prevent violence and create a safer campus culture through community engagement — all that while applying for medical schools.”

Loralie Woods, PhD, RN-BC 2019 Howell- USD Hahn School of Nursing Scholar

“The Howell Scholarship Award was essential to completing my PhD dissertation. I was able to use the funds to purchase a computer to run high powered statistics. Thus, I was able to analyze three years of data. 

“I am the Director of Inpatient Operations at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. I am responsible for creating the vision for nursing practice and creating a safe environment for patients and nurses.  My focus areas are:

  • Supporting women who need substance use treatment and recovery services
  • Supporting working mothers
  • Fighting Stigma of Mental Illness”

Other Ways to Participate in Women's Health:

  • Attend our educational events. Learn about the latest research in women’s health first hand from prominent researchers.
  • Donate on behalf of your organization. Hear directly from experts in the field of women’s health research. Your company or foundation will have the opportunity to learn more about the health of the women in their lives.
  • Consider us in your planned giving efforts. Honor the life of the women and men who mean the most to you.

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.

Eileen Steres Gaffen President Steres Gaffen Media

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