AIF Blog - Health

June 24, 2017
By Julie Beck, The AtlanticI am in the mountains and they are healing me. It is like the miracle pool at Lourdes except it’s not a miracle and we’re not at Lourdes. We’re at Maroon Bells, which depending on which website you ask, are the most photographed mountains in Aspen, in Colorado, or in North America. I photograph them some more, to help them hold onto their title.The mountains, and their attendant plant life...
June 23, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through what it’s like at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.So the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act repeal bill Landed Thursday, on the first day of Spotlight Health. This is a bit like putting on a Star Trek fan convention, and having an ACTUAL KLINGON STARSHIP land in the convention center. Luckily, everyone’s already dressed for battle, and it...
June 23, 2017
Katie Hafner writes about health care, with a focus on the aging population, for the Science section of The New York Times. She will speak at the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. Below, she describes her work reporting on aging populations.What got you interested in reporting on health care in older populations?  How did you get into this field?I started out as a general reporter. In 1983, I started writing...
June 23, 2017
Chris Coons is the junior US senator from Delaware. He'll be discussing investments in global health at Spotlight Health.At a time when our politics are marked by division and dysfunction, investments in global health and foreign assistance are two key policy areas that have long commanded bipartisan support and engagement in Congress. And for good reason: The small amount of taxpayer dollars (less than 1 percent of...
June 22, 2017
Kelly Leonard is the executive director of insights and applied improvisation at Second City Works. He will be speaking at the Caregiving track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below, he describes how lessons he learned as he was training in improv at Second City can help one navigate life's challenges. In mid-May, I found myself on stage at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City with my Second City colleague Kate...
June 22, 2017
Michael Dorsey is a co-founding Director of the Center for Environmental Health. He is a featured speaker at Spotlight Health.Why was the Center for Environmental Health founded? What is the CEH working on now?At the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) we work every day to protect your children and family from toxic chemicals that cause learning disabilities, cancer, and many other health problems. Over the last...
June 22, 2017
Ai-jen Poo is executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She has been organizing immigrant women workers for over two decades, forging pathways to sustainable, quality jobs for the caregiving workforce and working to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging populations. She will be speaking in the Caregiving track at...
June 22, 2017
Jenara Nerenberg is a writer covering the innovations in the sciences and humanities that help carry humanity forward. Her work can be found online at Fast Company, New York Magazine, Susan Cain’s QuietRev, CNN, TIME, Travel & Leisure, NextBillion, BlackBook and the Greater Good Science Center. She is scheduled to speak at Spotlight Health on how social capital affects wellbeing. She agreed to answer our...
June 16, 2017
Aspen New Voices Fellows pose at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.The challenges of international development can seem insurmountable. The world’s toughest problems in global health, food security, and poverty reduction defy easy solutions. The Aspen New Voices Fellowship, part of Aspen Global Health and Development, is working to address these problems. This year, the program's Fellows will lend their voices to the...
June 07, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore stars in the riveting and rousing follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Truth to Power. It's part of our flim lineup for the Aspen Ideas Festival.Public tickets for flims go on sale June 16.  SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUP James Beard: America's First Foodie (June 23) Today's American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity, and teacher...

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