Howell Foundation to hold the third installment of its trademark Luncheon Series with the presentation "The Unmentionables: What Every Woman Should Know about Pelvic Health"

  • Speaker will discuss diagnosis and treatment of common pelvic disorders and actions to support pelvic floor health
  • Presents Scholar Recipient of the Cheryl A. Wilson Nursing Scholarship. 


La Jolla, CA. -  August 2014 .-  The Doris A. Howell Foundation has invited Dr. Emily Lucacz to present the latest discussion on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the common pelvic disorders, incontinence and prolapse, including behavioral approaches and surgical options for women faced with these conditions on August 28.    

 According to the American Urogynecologic Society, one in three women suffers pelvic floor dysfunction.   Yet awareness support is not as evident as for other conditions.  “We support the efforts to create awareness of the latest research on pelvic health and are elated that Dr. Lucaz accepted our invitation to inform us the on alternatives of how to manage these conditions”, comments Pattie Wellborn, Chair of the Howell Board of directors.   Emily Lukacz, M.D., M.A.S., is a Professor of Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program for UC San Diego Health Systems. The presentation will focus on common pelvic floor conditions such as incontinence and prolapse, including both conservative and surgical treatment options for women faced with these conditions. 

 The event will additionally provide a brief highlight on the research work of Jennifer Buechel, a Ph.D. student at the University of San Diego and, recipient of the Howell Foundation Cheryl A. Wilson Nursing Scholarship.  She will be focusing on HPV Vaccine knowledge and use among military personnel,  working under the direction of Dr. Ann Mayo, Professor and member of the American Academy of Nursing.


 “As an Adult Nurse Practitioner, I have first-hand experience in how challenging it is for clinicians to provide routine and preventive care for female military populations in an operational environment, including sexual health and immunization prevention programs.  I have the opportunity as a future nurse scientist to significantly improve health policy and education through research and evidenced-based practice.  My experience as a clinician, coupled with the skills learned at the University of San Diego and the mentoring by expert faculty, will allow me the privilege to learn the skills as a researcher and principal investigator in high risk populations” she comments.  


She is confident that the results of this study will enhance existing knowledge of research within the military  by allowing health care professionals and policy makers to further understand the content needed to develop effective HPV immunization programs and policies. 


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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 scientists researching issues affecting women’s health;   providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the 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 will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community.    For more information about the Doris A. Howell Foundation, please visit www.howellfoundation.org.   





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