American Women’s Hospitals Service
In July 1915, 300 women physicians attended a lecture presented by Dr. Rosalie Morton, highlighting the work of women physicians in World War I. It was the norm in the United States at that time, as in the allied countries, to deny medical women any active role in the war effort. Dr. Morton’s lecture sparked a flame which would see the birth of the American Women’s Hospitals committee.
The American Women’s Hospitals committee (now known as the American Women’s Hospitals Service, or AWHS) was established to achieve a two-fold mission: the relief of suffering through medical care and the advancement of women in the medical profession. Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy chronicled much of the historical work of AWHS in her remarkable books, Certain Samaritans and Women Physicians and Surgeons.
- Click here to view an AWHS report from 1917
- Finding aid, American Women’s Hospitals Records
- Finding aid, American Women’s Hospitals Photographs
- The American Women’s Hospitals: Women Physicians in World War I
- Learn about how AWHS played a major role in the WWI relief efforts
- The American Women’s Hospitals at Home: Public Health in Depression-Era Appalacchia
For almost a century, AWHS has continued this tradition of service in supporting medical programs and projects both at home and abroad.
Keep up to date with our latest work with our AWHS newsletter Postcards and read more about our ongoing projects and how to get involved below.
AWHS and COVID-19
- AWHS has provided emergency grant funding to support funding for supplies for a hospital in Parma, Italy hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- AWHS has helped distribute disposable and fabric face masks donated by colleagues in Taiwan.
- AWHS has partnered with The Robonauts to provide 3-D printed face shields for healthcare workers across the country. Read more about this partnership, request face shields, and support these efforts HERE.
AWHS Clinic Grants
The American Women’s Hospitals Service provides funding in support of programs that provide care, advancement and empowerment of women and children in underserved communities. We are devoted to fostering sustainable and innovative programs that will inspire individuals and make a difference for communities in need.
Funds are distributed on a yearly basis and typically grants are awarded between $2000 and $3500/yearly. The application process is competitive, with successful proposals clear demonstrating emphasis on:
- Community involvement
- Community impact
- Health, empowerment, and advancement of women
- Strong educational partnership with AWHS
- Mentorship opportunities
To apply for an AWHS clinic grant, please review our clinic grant application. Applications for each annual cycle are accepted through July for disbursement of funds by the end of the calendar year. Please submit completed applications to: firstname.lastname@example.orgClinic Grant Application
AWHS has historically worked with AMWA as its charitable arm, supporting independent clinics outside the US which offer essential medical care to diverse populations. The clinics themselves are similarly diverse, offering access to a spectrum of care from hospital-based services in Haiti to floating clinics and traveling operating rooms on refurbished ships serving remote villages along the Amazon river. In addition, AWHS has supported clinics in Tanzania, Uganda, and Nepal. Please click on the button below for more details about the clinic sites AWHS currently supports.Read more about our clinic sites
Student Travel Grants
AWHS promotes education, outreach and understanding of global health for each new generation of physicians through our annual student travel grant program. AWHS awards four to six student travel grants annually on a competitive basis to full AMWA student members who have been accepted into a sponsored overseas clinic program, in order to help offset travel costs. AWHS student travel grant recipients have engaged in projects in a number of countries, including Haiti, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam, India, Barbados, South Africa and Nepal.
Application requirements include a completed grant application, letter of approval from the dean of the sponsoring medical school, and project report. Please click the button below for additional application details.Download an Application Learn more about Overseas Assistance Grants
Since 1917, our group has sought to make a difference and try to inspire others to do the same.Donate to support these programs
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