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Michelle Morse: The Need for an Anti-Racist Campaign in Global Health: Challenging the Savior Complex

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About the Author

Michelle Morse, MD, MPH is an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She works as a Hospitalist in the Department of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Morse is also an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an affiliate of the school’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

In 2011, Dr. Morse co-founded EqualHealth, an NGO that aims to inspire and support the development of Haiti's next generation of healthcare leaders through improving medical and nursing education and creating opportunities for growth amongst health professionals. As Founding Co-Director, she works to strengthen medical education globally, to expand the teaching of social medicine in the US and abroad, and to support health systems strengthening through EqualHealth. In 2015, Dr. Morse engaged several global partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium, a global coalition that advocates, educates, and conducts research using the lens of social medicine so that health professional education can more honestly align with the root causes of illness.

Dr. Morse served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Partners in Health from 2012 to 2016. She has also served as the Director of Medical Education and the Advisor to the Medical Director of Mirebalais Hospital, a public academic medical center established through a partnership between the government of Haiti and Partners in Health. In this capacity, she created and launched Mirebalais’ first three residency programs.

Dr. Morse is a graduate of the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a resident, Dr. Morse worked primarily in Haiti where she helped to coordinate Partners In Health’s earthquake relief efforts, served as a first-responder for the subsequent cholera epidemic, and worked on women's health and quality improvement projects.