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Hikari Morikawa, MA, MSSA
Chief Consultant, STEP Global, LLC.

Hikari Morikawa, MA, MSSA
Chief Consultant, STEP Global, LLC.

It was 1985 when I got involved in global health as a volunteer newsletter editor of an NGO. I was very moved by the stories of Cambodian refugees. I wanted to be able to work for people whose right to live to the fullest has been at risk. To serve better, I obtained my master’s in social work and have been working as a consultant in community development and global health since 1990s. My specific areas of concentration are counseling, facilitation, leadership, communication skills & health education.  The following are the examples of the projects I have worked on:

  • Helped develop a counselor training program and organize the first counselor network in the Department of Olancho, Honduras.
  • Trained officials of the Ministries of Health and Education, health care providers and teachers for school health, and developed activity-based school health programs, the first in its kind, in Fayoum, Egypt.
  • Developed and implemented an empowerment program for Mayan women in the Department of Solola, Guatemala.
  • Helped develop training on communication and problem-solving skills for medical residents in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Mori J. Morikawa, MD, MPH
Project Manager, STEP Global, LLC.

Mori J. Morikawa, MD, MPH
Project Manager, STEP Global, LLC.

Ann S. & Anthony J. Asher Professor in Family Medicine & Community Health
School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Director, Inpatient Service and Global Health Track
Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

I’ve been practicing global health since 1984 when I first went to a Cambodian refugee camp. I was trained as a trauma surgeon in Japan before I received my MPH at the School of Public Health and Hygiene, Johns Hopkins University. Then I realized I needed primary care skills to serve as a competent global health practitioner. I chose family medicine for my retraining and came to Cleveland and have lived here ever since. Over the years, my focus in global health has shifted from trauma surgery/emergency relief to primary care/capacity building in communities. Since 2000, I have also been the Director of the Inpatient Service at the Department of Family Medicine. Bedside clinical instruction is my passion, and currently I focus on teaching POC ultrasound at the bedside. The examples of my global health activities are:

  • Supervised the delivery of primary care in 3 northern provinces in Afghanistan.
  • Provided bedside teaching in tertiary care hospitals in Hangzhou, China.
  • Implemented emergency primary care clinic and trained local health care providers in Vushtrri, Kosova.
  • Trained health care providers in a district hospital for basic war surgery in Xieng Khouang Laos.
  • Provided primary surgery and medical care to disarmed Maoist child soldiers in Surkhet district, Nepal.
  • Helped the Master’s Program in Family Medicine as an external examiner for Alzaiem Azahri University, Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Helped develop family medicine residency program in the Chiang Rai Provincial Hospital, Thailand.

(Photo caption: Mobile Clinic, Afghanistan.)