Teaching Village Childbirth Class to the Hewa Tribe with colleague Dr. Stephanie Doenges, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, June, 2012. Image credit: AMA Foundation
Rebecca Morsch, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Community Based Health Care program of the Nazarene Health Ministry in Papua New Guinea, which trains community-chosen Community Health Volunteers and Village Birth Attendants in one of the United Nation’s designated Least Developed Countries. Dr. Morsch’s training curriculum focuses on prevention and provides culturally-sensitive health education about childbirth and childcare, hygiene, waste management, injury prevention and sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Morsch also helped organize Papua New Guinea’s array of community-based health organizations into the Effective Development Empowering the Nation (EDEN) Network. After working as a social worker for more than 15 years, Dr. Morsch changed course and entered medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and went on to earn a Masters of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Nazarene University. She also trained at In His Image Family Practice Residency Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma.