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Women’s History Month: San Diego

2012 KPBS Womens History Month

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year: 

      Michelle Elise Houle
      Early Childhood Teacher
      Lindsay Community School

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Michelle Elise Houle began her career in education as a substitute teacher at the Lindsay Community School for pregnant and parenting mothers. This special school allows women to finish their high school education while receiving on-site childcare. Under Ms. Houle’s direction, the school gained a positive reputation for motivating and educating young mothers. Ms. Houle has published numerous books and is credited with creating an Early Childhood Program that has significantly changed the lives of many young women and children fighting poverty. She has also been recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education, and was named the 2010 Site Teacher of the Year for the San Diego Unified School District.

      Dr. Doris A. Howell
      Director Emeritus/Founding Member
      San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine

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Doris A. Howell, M.D., has practiced medicine for more than 50 years. In 1977, she helped establish San Diego Hospice, the first hospice program in the country, and the first and only academic hospice program of its kind in the region. The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice is responsible for education and research and hosts the largest physician specialty training program in the country. Dr. Howell has received numerous awards, including a 2006 honor by the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center for her pioneering work in hospice and palliative care, and for inspiring the Doris A. Howell Palliative Consultation Service.

View KPBS Womens' History Month Honorees for 2011


Women’s History Month: Los Angeles

2012 KCET Womens History Month

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year: 

      Bea Cohen
      World War II Veteran
      Veteran and Community Volunteer

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Bea Cohen, a World War II veteran, has spent her life advocating for her fellow soldiers. During the war, she worked at Douglas Aircraft Company and became a living “Rosie the Riveter,” and soon a U.S. Air Force soldier. During her career, she worked in the communications department with top-secret documents and fed the soldiers while on kitchen patrol. At age 102, Ms. Cohen is an essential member of many organizations, among them the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital. She believes our Veterans are America’s real heroes, and hopes people will honor, remember and thank them for their service and sacrifices.

      Billie P. Weiss, M.P.H.
      Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

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Billie P. Weiss, M.P.H., is founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and associate director of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Program at the UCLA School of Public Health. For the past 21 years, Ms. Weiss has dedicated her life to building safer communities. Ms. Weiss is the author of numerous literary works, and co-authored the “Advanced Project Report on Reducing Gang and Youth Violence in Los Angeles.” She has received numerous awards, including the California Peace Prize from The California Endowment and Courageous Leader by Women Against Gun Violence in 2008.

View KCET Womens' History Month Honorees for 2011

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