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June 27, 2019, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Trends in Global Health: Gender and Health Equity in a Time of Relapse and Resuscitation

Hilton Columbus Downtown | 401 North High Street | Columbus, OH 43215

Emerson Burkart AB Banquet Hall

Speaker: Michelle Milford Morse


After decades of progress, the struggle for equity continues. Girls and women are still not equal. In many parts of the world, girls and women’s rights are deteriorating and progress toward equality is stalling. And that impacts all of us.

Michelle Milford Morse, the UN Foundation’s Vice President of Girls and Women Strategy, says that protecting our progress toward equity is a moral, economic and human capital imperative. It depends on the clarity with which we see the world, and the choices we make about its people. Morse will discuss the myths of gender and health equity—including the notion that inequity impacts only vulnerable women in faraway places, and will issue a call to action to defend shared and achievable aspirations for everyone, everywhere. 

Morse leads the UN Foundation’s efforts to promote gender equality and the rights and agency of all girls and women, working in collaboration with the United Nations and its partners. Since its earliest days, the United Nations Foundation has committed to championing the rights of girls and women, because the dignity and agency of girls and women is essential for a more peaceful and prosperous world for all.    

Cardinal Health Foundation

Promotional Partners: 
The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
Equitas Health
The Ohio State University
Women for Economic & Leadership Development: WELD



Michelle Milford Morse

UN Foundation’s Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy

UN Foundation

Michelle Milford Morse is the UN Foundation’s Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy. She leads the Foundation’s organization-wide efforts to promote gender equality and the rights and agency of all girls and women, working in collaboration with the United Nations and its partners.

Michelle has worked on global health and development issues with a range of UN, private sector, and civil society partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LIVESTRONG, UNICEF USA, Sesame Workshop, the UBS Optimus Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, mothers2mothers, amFAR, ICRW, and the University of Texas. Through her work she has helped organizations define strategic paths and advance specific global development causes – including on child development, regulatory action on HIV treatment, maternal mortality, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and violence against children.

She previously advised the UN Foundation and led a range of projects related to gender equality, including serving as the Foundation’s co-convener on the Girl Declaration. Michelle was also the press secretary and communications director for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett.

Michelle earned a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Public Health at Columbia University, and pursued her graduate research at the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Kalisizo, Uganda. She is a proud graduate of the University of Texas (Hook ’em!). Michelle lives in Austin, Texas, where she is the past chair of the board of directors of the Ann Richards School Foundation, and serves on the board of directors for the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Global Advisory Council of the Miracle Foundation.