2019 1stGen@Iowa Award Recipient
First-Generation Student Achievement Award
Lucille (Luci) Howard grew up in Clutier, Iowa, a small, rural town with a population of 200 people. The daughter of a cake decorator and iron manufactory worker, Lucille was the first in her family to pursue higher education. She attended the University of Iowa and majored in psychology, graduating in 2014 magna cum laude. While at the University of Iowa, Lucille was the vice president of First-Generation Iowa, an organization dedicated to supporting first-generation students. Following graduation, Lucille began attending the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Throughout medical school, Lucille has been involved in the global health distinction track, traveling to Haiti to assist with cervical cancer screening efforts and rotating with the Oxford University Hospital in England. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Lucille moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on women’s and reproductive health. Her capstone project examined racial disparities in quality of life among women diagnosed with breast cancer and she took a position as an outreach worker in southwest Baltimore, providing resources and support to individuals engaged in street-based sex work. Lucille returned to medical school in June 2019, and is currently applying for residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Her career goals include providing inclusive and equitable care to underserved populations and remaining involved with reproductive rights advocacy.