American Women’s Hospitals Service

AWHS History

Historical photo of AWHSIn July, 1915, 300 women physicians attended a lecture presented by Dr. Rosalie Morton who illustrated the work of women physicians in World War I.  It was the norm in the United States, 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 Committee had a two-fold mission at that time – the relief of suffering through medical care and the advancement of women in the medical profession.   Much of the historical work of AWHS is chronicled by Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy in her remarkable books, Certain Samaritans and Women Physicians and Surgeons.

AWHS Today

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 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 areas.  We are devoted to fostering sustainable and innovative programs that will inspire individuals and make a difference for communities in need.

Funds will be distributed on a yearly basis and typically grants are awarded between $2000 and $3500/yearly. Consideration will be given to proposals focusing on:

  • Sustainability
  • Community involvement
  • Community impact
  • How the use of funds will aid local women’s healthcare, advancement or empowerment
  • Strength of proposed or existing educational partnership with AWHS
  • Interest/potential in mentorship of students

To apply for an AWHS clinic grant, please review our clinic grant application. Applications for each annual cycle will be accepted through July for disbursement of funds by the end of that calendar year. Completed applications can be submitted to:

Clinic Grant Application

Sponsored Clinics

Working at a clinicAWHS has historically worked with AMWA as its charitable arm, supporting overseas independent clinics which bring much needed care to diverse populations to health outreach in rural Nepal to a hospital in Haiti to remote villages along the Amazon river serviced by refurbished ships that serve as floating clinics and traveling operating rooms.

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We support clinic programs that provide care to rural and urban under served populations:

  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • Haiti
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Student Travel Grants

AWHS logoAWHS promotes education, outreach and exposure to global health in each new generation of physicians through our annual student travel grant program.  AWHS grants are awarded to full AMWA student members who have been accepted into a medical school sponsored overseas clinic program to help offset travel costs.

Requirements include: grant application, approval by student’s medical school dean, and project report.  Applications are reviewed by AWHS members who select 4-6 students each year.  AWHS student grantees have visited a number of countries including: Haiti, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam, India, Barbados, South Africa and Nepal.

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Since 1917, our group has sought to make a difference and try to inspire others to do the same.

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