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On Sunday, December 10, the Nobel Committee will award the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Michelle Gin, MPH

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speaker Topic: Advocacy, Nuclear Weapons
Medical Specialty: Medical Student, Public Health
PSR Affiliation: Student PSR Coordinator
School Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Media Experience: Television, Radio, Writing, Public Speaking

Why PSR?

As someone who loves the outdoors, I want to ensure that the world I continue to explore will still be here for future generations to enjoy. And as one needs their health to enjoy life, I find myself drawn to health focused organizations. I love the passion PSR members have to work towards policy change that can impact the greater population. And when mentored by two dedicated PSR members from Iowa, I had the opportunity to fundraise an educational journey cycling from Nagasaki to Hiroshima alongside 39 other activists pushing to eliminate nuclear weapons. I learned about the humanitarian consequences of the nuclear chain to both humans and the environment from a new lens. From that moment, I was hooked on working towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Biographical sketch:

Michelle Gin is the Program Coordinator for Student PSR at the national office of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Michelle earned her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota, while also specializing in environmental health and adolescent health. As a former Reach the Decision Makers (REACH) fellow and Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) fellow, she brings a unique perspective on reproductive and environmental health that shapes healthy youth development.

She is an active member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). She had led the Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project (NWIP) that engages medical and allied health students from around the world in a structured dialogue focused on nuclear weapons and the promotion of Nuclear Weapons Free Zones. Michelle was also the Coordinator of the IPPNW International Peace Bike Tour in Kazakhstan in 2014.

Michelle enjoys empowering the next generation to be fellow advocates for social change and to raise awareness across the globe. She hopes that chapters will become more active in their respective communities. She lives in Minnesota and loves to travel.

Page Updated September 21, 2016

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