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Haitian Doctor Appointed First-Ever chief medical officer in NYC Health


New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has appointed Dr. Michelle Morse to serve as the agency’s first chief medical officer (CMO).


“As the agency’s inaugural chief medical officer, Dr. Morse will have the responsibility of leading the agency’s work in bridging public health and health care, ensuring greater alignment and coordination with health care systems, and serving as a key liaison to clinicians and clinical leaders across New York City,” said the DOHMH in a statement on Tuesday.


“Dr. Morse’s experience has combined the best of public health, social medicine, anti-racism education, and activism,” said DOHMH Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “Health equity requires leaders who propel change and I am grateful that she has joined the Department to help us create a healthier, more equitable, city.”


Dr. Morse, who is also DOHMH deputy commissioner, said she was “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.


Dr. Morse will succeed Dr. Torian Easterling as the head of the Centre for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW), where she will oversee the agency’s work focused on increasing understanding of health inequities and capacity for action to end disparities within the DOHMH and the communities we serve, reducing premature mortality, with a focus on chronic disease, and ending racial inequities in the leading causes of preventable death.

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