#SmartBrownVoices – Ep. 39 – Michele Battle-Fisher

In this weeks episode Mr. Mike Street chats with the ultra smart Michele Battle-Fisher. Learn about producing your own book and why being smart can help you go far.




Michele Battle-Fisher, MPH, MA, an established health policy scholar and author, focuses on applying systems science concepts to health policymaking and local/global governance. She is eldest of three daughters of Stephen and Gail (Wood) Battle of Portsmouth, Ohio. She is an elected member of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, a think tank that follows the tenets established by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, who is recognized as the father of general systems theory. She also established the Orgcomplexity blog (orgcomplexity.wordpress.com) which continues to influence her scholarship in policy and social systems.

Her blog, which drew a sizable following, informed her book, Applications of Systems Thinking to Health Policy and Public Health Ethics: Private Illness and Public Health (Springer International). The book was the first in the academic series, Springer Briefs in Public Health Ethics. On day after release on November 25, 2014, the book premiered as one of the top hot new releases on Amazon in Medicine/ subcategory Administration & Policy in both the Ethics category (top 2) and Public Health category (top 5). On December 18, 2014, the book was number 1 on both the Medical Ethics and Public Health Amazon Hot New Releases charts. In 2015, the book was selected to be archived at the Georgetown Bioethics Research Library (GBRL). GBRL is home of the world’s largest and most extensive collection of materials on ethics, medicine and biochemical research

She is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine (Community Health). She is an Associate Expert with the NGO, Bioethics Beyond Borders, which brings together experts in various countries to support the development of bioethics infrastructures primarily in poor-resource countries. She was competitively selected as one of 45 to the 2012 Institute on Systems Science and Health, which was organized by Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a co-editor of the U.S. Health Policy Gateway (Duke University), a Research Scholar with the Ronin Institute, a past Visiting Scholar with the Hastings Center (thehastingscenter.org) and a Research Fellow with Earth System Governance Project (http://tinyurl.com/q4ttv5u). She was a U.S. Department of Education FLAS (Foreign Language and Areas Studies) fellow to study Somali language and culture. The FLAS fellowship funds culture and language study of specific countries in particular those in the strategic interest of the United States.

Her work draws upon a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Health Behavior from the Ohio State University (USA), a Masters of Arts in African American and African Studies from the Ohio State University and a BA in Psychology and Black Studies from the Ohio State University.

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