By Shant Shahrigian NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A nonprofit founder who previously worked in countries including Haiti is the city’s first-ever chief medical officer, the Health Department announced Tuesday.
Dr. Michelle Morse will oversee the agency’s work on ending racial disparities in deaths, among other tasks, according to the department.
“I am honored to join the Department and serve New Yorkers during this once-in-a-century pandemic because operationalizing health equity is more urgent than ever,” she said in a statement.
Morse is an internal medicine specialist who previously founded nonprofit EqualHealth, which focuses on reducing social barriers to health. She is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
Morse was previously the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Partners in Health (PIH) and now serves on the PIH board of directors, according to the city’s announcement. She focused her international work in Haiti where she helped to coordinate PIH earthquake relief efforts, was a first-responder for the cholera epidemic, and worked on women’s health and quality improvement projects. Continue Reading