The Howell Foundation is #breakingthebias in research. Because women’s health starts with research.

The Howell Foundation is #breakingthebias in research. Because women’s health starts with research.

In 2022, the theme for International Women’s day is about equality and ending bias for women worldwide. For us, this includes research.

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. This may lead to adverse health outcomes for women.

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is dedicated to making a long-term positive impact on women’s health. We advocate for the health of women in our community and address gender-biased research by:

  • Awarding undergraduate and graduate research grants that study women-specific issues
  • Provide a forum for scientists and experts to relay the latest information and most current scientific research that may affect the health of women in the community
  • Award research grants for organizations that serve underrepresented women in our community for the benefit of their health; thus bringing women’s health research full circle.

During International Women’s Day, we think about our Founder, Dr. Doris Howell. Her vision of ending the bias in scientific research to advance the health of the women in our community has led to the funding of 350 research projects. Undergraduate and graduate students who study the most pressing issues in women’s health are creating an impact TODAY.

We are grateful for our academic partners, who encourage current and future scholars to pursue a career that addresses women’s health directly. Our Scholarship Program is mentored by a faculty mentor scientist who specifically guides the student. This guarantees research quality while driving students to clarify their career goals and prepare them for success in their graduate school environments.

We thank all the scientific experts that have relayed the latest findings at our Lecture Series program.  First-hand knowledge of information many times unpublished, or hot-off-the-press, shapes our advocacy efforts in women’s health.

Our incredible Board of Directors and volunteers exist to serve the community of men and women who recognize the need of inclusion in research. With their skills and talent, they bring effective leadership that moves women’s health research forward.

Importantly, we recognize our supporters who are committed to a gender-inclusive and diverse environment in scientific research, and have done so in the past 27+ years. Thank you!

Dr. Howell said it best:
“How many of you have wives; how many of you have daughters; how many of you have sisters? And I know you all have mothers… What do you do to help them stay healthy?“

If you would like to make a donation to advocate for gender-inclusive research, please learn about the many ways you can give.


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