Public Health

How Do We Get Masks to Those Who Need them Most?

April 6, 2020  • Aspen Global Innovators Group

This is the first virtual conversation in the #AspenHealthForAll ACTIVATE series. In this first conversation we will explore entrepreneurial solutions to put masks and protective equipment in the hands of health workers. We are bringing perspectives from manufacturers, humanitarians, and frontline health workers. This conversation will feature:

Esther Choo, MD MPH is an Associate Professor in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a practicing physician and NIH-funded investigator, with expertise in drug policy, injury, and gender disparities in healthcare.

Ami Dror, is the co-founder of LeapLearner, a Shanghai-based education technology company that enables children to code our AI-powered world. As a father of three, Mr. Dror is passionate about cultivating kids’ ability to be innovative and recently authored a Chinese best-selling book, 养育下一代创新者(Raising Future Innovators), that aims to give parents and educators the tools to raise next generation of global leaders. Mr. Dror is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a member of the Aspen Institute Moderator Corps.

Navyn Salem, in 2009 Navyn set out to help end the crisis of global malnutrition by founding Edesia, a U.S. non-profit, social enterprise, with a mission to treat and prevent malnutrition in developing countries worldwide. The factory in Rhode Island produces a range of fortified, peanut-based products like Plumpy’Nut for humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, World Food Programme, USAID and other NGOs working in emergency and conflict zones. She is a member of the Henry Crown Fellowship’s 2014 Bones & Elephants class.

Peggy Clark (moderator), is a Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group. Peggy has had a 30-year career working on issues of poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise, and development finance.

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