The future of advancements in understanding women's health issues is highly dependent on innovative and interdisciplinary research. Being surrounded by an institution comprised of the nation's top researchers, the University of Minnesota is a breeding ground for new leaders in women's health research.

The Deborah E. Powell Center's mission is to catalyze research partnerships that impact the health of women and their communities. We will implement this mission through programs and funding opportunities to increase the quantity and quality of women’s health research emanating from the University of Minnesota.

BIRCWH researcherThe UMN Powell Center for Women’s Health BIRCWH program is an internal K12 grant mechanism from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty of either gender who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health or sex differences research. Research must be relevant to women’s health or sex/gender differences. Since its inception in 2006, the program has trained over 10 scholars. 



Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3)

Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3)

The Powell Center is proud to be a collaborator in the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3). MC3 is housed in the Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research and headed by Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH. Dr. Raymond co-leads the Community Engagement core of the MC3 program with New Americans Community Services and Centro Campesino.

The Mature Women’s Health Initiative’s mission is to advance research in aging women. 

Supported by an endowment received in 2011, the University of Minnesota Powell Center for Women’s Health is working to advance research, education, or other activities directly related to the improvement of the health and well-being of menopausal women.

The Scholar in Mature Women’s Health award and the Mature Women’s Health Networking Event are two programs within the Initative that support our mission to improve the health and wellness of mature women.