She is affectionately called the ‘mother of hospice’ in San Diego. She has influenced hospice and palliative care nationally. And in honor of her work, she has been named “Woman of Wonder” by the CHEERS Foundation. She has addressed the La Jolla Women’s Club on the adventures of creating a hospice organization in San Diego. Just recently, the California State Institute of Palliative Care named in Dr. Howell’s honor an award given to individuals that advance palliative care in our community and beyond.
She has done so much more! She is the reason why Soroptimist International of La Jolla founded the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research. And she is, quite frankly, a star in our organization.
She has dedicated her career to ensuring women are empowered with information on women’s health to make sure we become our best health advocates. She works tirelessly on efforts to light the curiosity of young minds to pursue a career in women’s health. She has made sure academia implement research projects that benefit women in her community. The premise is simple: women can not keep on being treated like men. A “one-size-fits-all approach” will not help keep women healthy.
So in honor of Palliative Care and Hospice Month, and to bring awareness to the need of women’s health research, we honor Dr. Howell. Thank you for your tirelessly work, your legacy and, most importantly, the inspiration to be informed about women’s health!
About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.
The organization does so by funding scholarships to students researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, and researchers to convey timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that improve the health of under-served women and increase awareness and advocacy in the community.