Merith’s commitment to health equity and justice began unconventionally via her love of language and Latin America. She spent several years leading AYUDA, focused on growing youth-led programs for type 1 diabetes communities across Latin America and the Caribbean. After a Master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and disheartened by a lack of global action around access to insulin she was inspired to co-found the 100 Campaign in 2012 with a small team of advocates, aimed at re-framing insulin access as a human rights issue and reducing the barriers to access. Since 2014, Merith has been responsible for guiding Universities Allied for Essential Medicines advocacy efforts at over 50 universities in North America and beyond working to make publicly-funded medicine affordable. She is motivated about growing the access to medicines movement through building connections and emphasizing the connectedness to other social justice causes from criminal justice to access to arts education.