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

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

Hikari Morikawa has worked for both relief and development programs focused on humanitarian and human rights issues in global health. As a child, she witnessed discrimination and oppression toward her non-Japanese friends in her hometown in Japan. Those experiences are the core of her keen interest in empowering marginalized populations. Working for US NGOs (Mercado Global and Health Frontiers) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Hikari has developed and implemented skills training in counseling, facilitation, leadership, communication and health education for non-professional nurses, community health workers, victims of political violence, indigenous women and abused girls/women in Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Kosovo, Peru, Sudan, Thailand among others. Hikari received her Master of Science in Social Administration from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University and her Master of Arts in History from Tokyo Women’s Christian University. She is an avid gardener.


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.)