Staving Off Disaster: Lessons from Covid Applied to the Epic Battle Against Drug Resistant Microbes

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Join Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi and Pioneer Institute’s Bill Smith as they discuss with inspirational public health advocate Gunnar Esiason the findings of his latest white paper, “Antimicrobial Resistance: Learning From the current health crisis to inform another.”  The episode looks at the challenges to global health presented by evolving drug resistant diseases and how the lessons learned from COVID-19 could potentially save millions of lives.

Interview Guest:
Gunnar Esiason is a cystic fibrosis and rare disease patient leader, a MBA second-year student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and is working towards a Master of Public Health degree at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Prior to Tuck, Gunnar received a BA form Boston College in 2013 and maintains the roles of patient advocate and director of patient outreach at the Boomer Esiason Foundation.  His health policy opinions have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Daily News, The Hill, STAT News, and Morning Consult among other news sources.

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