Outreach: A sense of community
Outreach as a tool to Empower Women to be their own best health care advocates.
Outreach is a part of the Howell Foundation’s mission to help educate women to be catalysts for family health. By motivating and inspiring women to learn more about healthful living, we hope to turn their knowledge into action.
An important part of the Howell Foundation’s outreach mission is to help educate women to be catalysts for family health by providing information of the results in current scientific research. By motivating and inspiring women to learn more about healthful living, we hope to turn their knowledge into action.
A trademark of the Howell Foundation’s outreach efforts, our events, provides a forum for medical researchers and experts to convey the very latest information on topics relevant to women’s health and wellness.
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Making Women's Health Research a Priority
If our work empowers one individual to work towards women’s health research, then we are just a step closer to ensuring women’s well being and family health.
Research must be at the forefront of any women’s health initiative. Today, women are still underrepresented in clinical trials. The exclusion of female subjects in current research efforts translates into women being misdiagnosed and treated for any given illness on the basis of results from male subjects, often putting women at a higher risk. A “one-size-fits-all” approach does not apply to medicine when diagnosing and treating women’s health. We believe that by empowering women with information about the latest research on women’s health, we help keep the women we love healthy!
As part of our outreach efforts, the Speakers Service extends the Howell foundation educational mission into corporations and nonprofit organizations. One hundred percent of the speaking fees go directly to the Doris A. Howell Foundation. All topics are evidence-based and provide research about organizational and individual wellness. Some topics cover healthy living in the 21st century. Other topics focus on the quality of people’s mental and physical health in the workplace.
All presentations are highly interactive unless the client specifically requests a one-way presentation from the podium. The presentations are structured to include opportunities for the audience members to talk with each other and with the speaker at intervals during the presentation rather than waiting for a traditional Q&A session at the end. When the setting allows, speakers go out into the audience to talk during those discussions.
Meet our Speakers!
Andrea Z. LaCroix, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief of Epidemiology
Director, Women’s Health Center of Excellence
Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California, San Diego
Dr. LaCroix has an extensive research program devoted to studies on factors associated with healthy aging in postmenopausal women. She has conducted numerous randomized clinical trials and observational studies on the prevention of cancer, fracture, heart disease, and frailty in postmenopausal, as well as large, prospective studies of exceptional aging and maintaining function into later life. She served on the National Advisory Council on Aging for the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging from 2009-2012. In 2010, she received the McDougall Mentoring award. In 2014, Dr. LaCroix was elected as a member of the American Epidemiological Society. She has authored more than 300 scientific publications, and was selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2014.
Topics for Dr. LaCroix include:
- The Silver Tsunami coming in 2050: Will we be prepared?
- Exceptional Longevity in Women: What we know, what we’d like to know
- Having a Mellow Menopause: A new menu and comparative results
- Sitting and Your Health: Impacts on longevity, telomeres, and falls
- Physical Activity and Healthy Aging: Do you really need to feel the burn to benefit?
Katherine Richman, MD
Clinical Professor of Radiology,
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Richman is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist who specializes in body imaging, particularly women’s body imaging. Dr. Richman has been Chief of Radiology at UC San Diego Health’s Thornton Pavilion in La Jolla since 1999. She completed her Body Imaging fellowship training at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from UC San Diego School of Medicine.
Topics for Dr. Richman include:
- Healthy, (Nutrient) Wealthy, and Wise: Impact of plant-based nutrition on health
- Gut Instinct: The importance of our microbiome for our health
Carole L. Banka, Ph.D.
Associate Project Scientist
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Dr. Banka is known in the research community as an ardent champion of gender inclusion in basic and clinical research. In the local community, she is known as a public speaker for which she has received several awards. Dr. Banka received her Ph.D. from UCSF and did postdoctoral training at UCSD and The Scripps Research Institute. She has held faculty positions at The Scripps Research Institute and the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine where she was Director of Women’s Health Research. She is currently in the Department of Medicine at UCSD. Her areas of research include heart disease, fat and cholesterol metabolism, breast cancer and reproductive biology.
Banka’s topics include:
- Coping with stress: gender matters: It isn’t just “fight or flight.” It is hormonally based.
- Of mice and menopause: Dr. Banka correlates data from her mouse models of menopause and peri-menopause with clinical findings
- Gender differences in health and disease
- Heart disease in women
- In defense of fat
Abigail D'Agostino, RN, BSN, MBA
Director, Patient Care Services
Light Bridge Hospice
Founder and President
Nurses for Health
Abigail D’Agostino has over 13 years of wide range experience in the healthcare industry. Ms. D’Agostino obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse license and Public Health Nursing certificate in 2002. She began her nursing career in medical-surgical and critical care nursing. During this time, she attained her critical care nurse certification and earned an award for her clinical excellence.
Ms. D’Agostino is the Howell Foundation 2019 Chair
Topics for Abigail include:
- Having the crucial conversations: Goals of care
- Discussions related to physical illnesses
- Plant-Based Diet: What is it and why we should explore it
- Hungry? Fasting for primary and secondary prevention
- Tick Tock: General cardiac health
- Advanced care planning & palliative care
- End-of-life care
Speaking Fees for Howell Speakers
Local Fees in San Diego
Non-profit organizations$3000per engagement
Volunteer based non-profits$0per engagement
To contact us for more information about the speakers or topics, please call 858-454-7797 or email [email protected]. 100% of fees go directly to the Howell Foundation
In 2018, the Howell Foundation decided to take women’s health research a step farther: support institutions that aligned with our mission to advance women’s health.
That same year, we supported the WISDOM Trial (Women Informed to Screen Depending On Measures of risk). Led by UC San Diego Health, UC Davis Health, UCSF, UCLA Health, UC Irvine, and Sanford Health, the mammography screening research trial is searching to determine which strategy produces the most benefit and least harm for women, especially if women make a series of decisions based on the information provided by their screening. Read about Advances in Breast Cancer Research here.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
In 2019, the Howell Foundation was approached by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to participate in its Second Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference:. ‘Concept to Cure: The Process from Research to Market and Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer’. The focused on the latest advances in metastatic breast cancer treatments, clinical trials, patient support and national issues for metastatic/stage IV breast cancer (MBC). Scientists presented ‘research pitches’ to a panel of judges on their latest work in metastatic breast cancer for a chance to win a $1,000 award provided by the Howell Foundation. Read More about our collaboration.
Christina Chambers, PhD
Andrea LaCroix, PhD
Cynthia Stuenkel, MD
This event featured guest speakers
Christina Chambers, PhD – Professor of Pediatrics and Co-Director of the
Center for Better Beginnings, UCSD
Andrea LaCroix, PhD – Distinguished Professor and Chief of Epidemiology, Director, Women’s Health Center of Excellence, UCSD
Cynthia Stuenkel, MD – Clinical Professor of Medicine Founding member and Past President of the North American Menopause Society, UCSD
For more information please see the speaker slides below.
Latest Research on Metastatic Breast Cancer
Brooke Emerling, PhD
Rebecca Shatsky, MD
This event featured guest speakers Brooke Emerling, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Metabolism and Signaling-Networks Program, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Rebecca A. Shatsky, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, and Dr. Linda Brubaker, Clinical Professor, Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Health Sciences at UCSD.
Urine Trouble: Women’s Bladder Health and the Urinary Microbiome
Linda Brubaker, MD
This event featured guest speaker Dr. Linda Brubaker, Clinical Professor, Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Health Sciences at UCSD. Her presentation “Urine Trouble: Women’s Bladder Health and the Urinary Microbiome” explained the facts about the conditions that lead to a urinary tract infection and new treatment being developed to keep our urobiome healthy.
Why Palliative Medicine Must Become Mainstream
Daniel Hoefer, MD
This event featured guest speaker Dr. Hoefer, Chief Medical Officer, Outpatient Palliative Care Program, at Sharp Healthcare. Dr. Hoefer made the case that palliative care is no longer just the responsibility of specialists in geriatrics but is important for all specialties in medicine. He explained why over-treatment is a deadly disease and all the things that can compromise a patient’s well-being during a hospital admission.
Bringing gero palliative care into today’s healthcare system: changing the paradigm by changing the metrics.
Women and Diabetes: Use of digital technologies in diabetes care
Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD.
This event featured guest speaker Dr. Philis-Tsimikas, Corporate Vice President of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Health and the Director of Community Engagement at Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego, California
Community trailblazer discusses the state of affairs in diabetes management and care: encouraging but with work still to be done.
Dementia: perspectives, progress and promise
Amy Borenstein, PhD,
Pamela Maher, PhD.
Dr. Borenstein is Professor of Epidemiology at UC-San Diego. Dr. Borenstein described dementia and its major subtypes as well as the most important risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She also discussed ongoing trials of antibodies against the Alzheimer protein beta-amyloid as well as lifestyle changes that may delay the onset of the disease to later ages. Dr. Maher is a Senior Staff Scientist at The Salk Institute. Dr. Maher discussed the rationale behind the Salk Institute’s approach to the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of AD. She provided examples of the use of this approach, and summarized where research is right now and what she hopes to accomplish in the future.
Addiction: it’s not just drugs and alcohol
Carolyn Coker Ross, MD
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross addressed multiple addictions, the common factors and novel remedies. Dr. Ross maintains private practices in Denver and San Diego using both western and complimentary medicine to treat a wide array of addictions.
Health & Happiness Evening Series
Improving Benefits and Reducing Harms from Breast Cancer Screening: The WISDOM Trial
Barbara A Parker, MD,
Andrea Z. LaCroix, PhD
Lisa Madlensky, PhD
In support of the WISDOM (Women Informed to Screen Depending On Measures of risk) trial, the event focused on informing the audience about current breast screening technologies, and the research currently being conducted to establish the guidelines based on personal history and genetics. Hosting three renowned specialists in the areas of oncology, epidemiology and genetic testing, the objective was to inform the San Diego community about the latest research being conducted regarding breast cancer screening guidelines, their efficacy, and the steps required to provide women with accurate, personalized prevention processes that effectively diagnose and treat breast cancer on an individualized basis.
Breast Cancer Screening and the Wisdom Study: How can we address the controversy? Top things to know about breast cancer screening today
Advanced Tissue Therapies -
Progress in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Benjamin Shepherd, PhD
Dr. Benjamin Shepherd presented the latest and most innovative developments in using cultured human tissues for vital organ transplantation. Dr. Shepherd is Senior Director of Therapeutics at Organovo.
Joining Engineering and Medicine: Encouraging yet Challenging! What you need to know about the future of Regenerative Medicine.
Latest Advances in Medical and Surgical Treatment of Heart Disease
Anthony De Maria, MD
Dr. Anthony De Maria, Judith and Jack White Chair of Cardiology and Founding Director of the UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, presented the latest advances in medical and surgical treatment of heart disease.
Be Better Fed: Fasting, Fats and (Plant Based) Food
Katherine (Meg) Richman, MD, FACR
“Healthy, (Nutrient) Wealthy, Wise: The Benefits of Plant-based Nutrition to Prevent Cancer, Osteoporosis, & Dementia”
Abigail D’Agostino, RN, BSN, MBA
“Fasting: to eat or not to eat (and when), those are the questions!”
Carole L. Banka, PhD
“In Defense of Fats”
Improving the snooze: Sleeping better as we age
Andrea Z. LaCroix, PhD.
Dr. Andrea LaCroix, Professor and Chief of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD, spoke about how sleep changes as we age, the problems that women experience with sleep in midlife and beyond, and the ways we are learning to improve sleep without using sedative and hypnotic drugs.
Springing forward all year long: It's not about losing an hour of sleep, rather learning how to sleep to find your health!
Cannabis: the good, the bad, the myths and the reality
Igor Grant, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D.
With the passage of Proposition 64 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California last November, it seemed timely to hear about research surrounding this issue. Dr, Grant discussed his research on clinical use of cannabis. Dr. Tapert addressed the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain.
Ending the arms race with infectious diseases
Janelle Ayres, Ph.D.
Dr. Ayres’s fascinating presentation outlined her ultimate goal to develop treatments for infectious and non-infectious diseases without the need for antibiotics.
Chocolate and Cardiovascular Disease: The Bitter Truth
Pam R. Taub, MD FACC
Dr. Taub discussed cardiovascular disease in women, the risk factors for heart disease, preventive measures for heart disease and the story of chocolate.
A sea of red ... (and chocolate)! During heart health month, 3 research projects that prove dark chocolate is the food of the Gods
Health & Happiness Symposium
Dr. Sanjaya Saxena
Dr. Jill Bormann
Dr. Carole Banka
New year, new life! How to better manage stress including the hidden disorder that no one talks about. The Howell Foundation’s Health and Happiness Series presented its first symposium focused on sources, health consequences and coping skills related to stress.
With the key note presentation on Hoarding by Dr. Sanjaya Saxena delivered an in depth understanding of the differences between cluttering and hoarding and the tools to mitigate the stress of dealing with either. We also had the honor of hosting experts who gave us an in-depth perspective on how to manage the stress that derives from this and other sources, including: ‘Using mantram meditation to reduce stress’,with Dr. Jill Bormann, ‘Using Pilates to reduce stress’, with Laura Sepulveda, and ‘Stress and your health: consequences and coping – gender matters,’ with our own Dr. Carole Banka. On-site Massage therapy was provided by the Wellness Institute of America www.TheWellnessInstituteOfAmerica.org.
How are we doing with our de-cluttering resolutions? The difference between clutter and hoarding and the 5 things you can do to follow up on your spring cleaning.
Claudia Kawas, MD
Cheryl Wilson, RN, MA, LNHA
The Howell Foundation celebrated its last luncheon of 2016 with a topic that concerns us all: “Intelligent Aging”. We had the honor of hosting two experts that gave us an in-depth perspective on the intelligent steps to take in our aging journey.
Health & Happiness Evening Series
The Happy Map
Hilary Stokes, Ph.D.
Kimberly Ward, Ph.D.
Drs. Stokes and Ward took attendees on a step by step journey to developing the habit of happiness. The novelty that Kim and Hilary bring to the search for happiness is an understanding of the latest neurological research and a method for reprogramming your brain to achieve happiness.
Unlocking the Power of the Genome
Genomics is changing human health – in areas such as Food Safety and Supply, Forensics, Genetic Disease Oncology and Reproductive Health. Ms. Possemato gave an overview that covered the basics of genomics, its potential and the impact it is having today.
Simple Lifestyle Changes for Improving Women’s Health
Dorothy D. Sears, Ph.D.
Dr. Sears presented the latest information about how eating patterns and sedentary behavior are associated with the risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. She shared insights from her latest women’s health-focused research and newly-funded projects in these areas.
Small Habits: The not-so-simple lifestyle changes to improve our health and the 4 things you can do today to change.
Two things to keep in mind when discussing your health: Intermittent fasting and sedentary behavior.
Understanding the genome 10,000 experiments at a time: applying genomic approaches to understand autoimmune disease in women
Sonia Sharma, PhD
Dr. Sharma’s presentation focused on applying genomic approaches to the understanding of autoimmune disease in women. Autoimmune disorders are the third most common cause of disease in Americans, after cancer and cardiovascular disease. There are as many as 80 types of diseases classified as autoimmune and, for reasons largely unclear, women represent 80% of the affected population.
One world, one health
Stanely Maloy, PhD
Infectious diseases are arising at an alarming frequency, making it imperative to understand where emerging diseases come from and why. Although the health of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably interconnected, practices in human and veterinary medicine rarely recognize these linkages. Dr. Maloy presented how the “One Health” initiative integrates these three disciplines to develop upstream approaches to prevent disease.
Why a universal health initiative is needed: shifting the current research paradigm to stop illness before it gets to you.
Health & Happiness Evening Series Hormones & Happiness
Hormones & Happiness
Carole L. Banka, Ph.D.
Dr. Banka presented the latest research on hormones are interconnected and the potential they have for making us happy or totally miserable.
The promise of the microbiome in human gastrointestinal health
Sarah K. Highlander, PhD
Dr. Highlander’s presentation focused on how studies of the gastrointestinal tract in particular are allowing us to better understand the role of microbes in educating the immune system, response to infectious agents, and in diseases such as gastrointestinal cancers, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and various autoimmune disease conditions.
Bone Up: What you need to know about Osteoporosis in 2015
Heather Hofflich, DO, FACE
Dr. Hofflich presented new concepts in diagnosis, treatment, and fracture prevention strategies for Osteoporosis.
Telemedicine – Bridging the gap between humans and machines
Todd Coleman, Ph.D.
Dr. Coleman’s presentation focused on merging the most recent wireless technologies to medical care.
The Future of Telemedicine: Not a Guessing Game, but Science that is Leading the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personalized Medicine.
Parkinson’s Disease: The Road Ahead
Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C
Jeanne F. Loring, Ph.D.
James R. Paterniti, Ph.D.
The panel presented and discussed topics related to the research advancements currently being conducted, the efforts of the Parkinson’s Disease Association to continue funding Parkinson’s Disease research, testimony from a Parkinson’s patient, the latest in treatment, and a caregiver’s perspective on the challenges of providing care for a Parkinson’s Disease patient.
Parkinson's Disese Treatment: Is the cure right around the corner? Information you won’t want to miss (Part 1 of 4)
Health & Happiness Evening Series Depression vs. Sadness...Learning to Know the Differences
Depression vs. Sadness…Learning to Know the Differences
Christina Zampitella, FT, Psy.D.
Dr. Zampitella presented the skills to be able to distinguish sadness from depression, identify when professional help is needed, determine when sadness or depression is improving and how to improve hope while decreasing sadness or depression.
The Unmentionables: What Every Woman Should Know About Pelvic Health
Emily Lukacz, M.D., M.A.S.
Dr. Lukacz discussed the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the common pelvic disorders, incontinence and prolapse. Her talk focused on both conservative and surgical treatment options for women faced with incontinence and prolapse including behavioral approaches to treatment.
Nutrition: A Novel Approach to Pain Management
Robert Bonakdar, M.D.
Examined the current body of science on pain and diet. Included discussion of nutritional factors that may exacerbate pain, approaches for reversing this as well as diet and supplement prescriptions for optimizing pain and related symptoms.
Health and Happiness Evening Series An Integrative Approach to Stress Management: Reducing Stress & Increasing Happiness
An Integrative Approach to Stress Management: Reducing Stress & Increasing Happiness
Tahir Bhatti, M.D., Integrative Psychiatrist and Wellness Physician, UCSD
Carole Banka, Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
Presented the concept of “relational wellness” influences stress management and how “Western” and “complimentary” medicine can be integrated to reduce stress for men and women.
The Howell Foundation holds its fourth installment of the series Health and Happiness with its Integrative Approach to Stress: Reducing Stress and Increasing Happiness
A Mindful Approach to Happiness: Being “Zoned In” to the point of “Zoning Out” & Six ways to Zone In and Achieve Happiness
The meal you miss could save your life: How intermittent fasting may extend health-span
The meal you miss could save your life: How intermittent fasting may extend health-span
Roberta Gottlieb, M.D.
Dr. Gottlieb presented the latest research on the relationship between fasting and the benefits that ultimately lead not only to a healthier life, but a longer one.