AIF Blog - Health

May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
May 11, 2018
 A local woman in a slum of Kampala (iStock). Agnes Igoye is Uganda’s deputy national coordinator for the prevention of trafficking in persons and heads Uganda’s Immigration Training Academy. She will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at Spotlight Health. She's a member of the 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellowship class.  What led you to work on eradicating human trafficking?Do you have time?! There are...
April 27, 2018
 Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl speak at Spotlight Health. Just as neuroscience has been revealing plenty of barriers to learning, it can also greatly influence the practice of education in positive ways. A panel of neuroscientists and educators at Spotlight Health 2017 shared some of the latest knowledge about how what happens in the...
April 06, 2018
 Danile Kraft, Deborah DiSanzo, and James Hamblin talk about technology and health at Spotlight Health 2017. If the concept of artificial intelligence revolutionizing medicine conjures up a future of robot doctors and nurses, a pair of health tech experts at Spotlight Health dispelled that bleak, impersonal outlook. From interpreting compounding amounts of personal health data to serving as a physician...
April 05, 2018
 Spring is here, and Spotlight Health—the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival—is finalizing speakers, schedules, and curated programming. We’re gearing up for three-days of thought-provoking sessions led by healthcare pioneers and advocates. Please consider this a personal invitation to you and your colleagues to join us June 21-24 in Aspen, Colorado to participate in these important conversations....
April 03, 2018
Liz Dozier and Corey Brooks sit on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival focused on violence in Chicago.In rallies from coast to coast, students across the United States are calling for tighter gun control. The deadly Parkland, Florida shooting resurfaced the conversation but the issue of gun violence is all too familiar for people in Chicago. For residents in certain neighborhoods, shootings are frustratingly...
March 08, 2018
Presenters left to right, top row: Vanessa Mason, Ted Koppel, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, Atul Gawande, Karen DeSalvo, Mark Smolinski Presenters left to right, bottom row: Larry Smarr, Kwanele Asante, Gary Reedy, Jerome Adams, Tollulah Oni, Larry MerloIt’s a busy time behind the scenes of Spotlight Health. Each day, we hear from the world’s most inspiring and knowledgeable leaders in health, medicine, and science,...
February 21, 2018
 In her lengthy career in broadcasting, Pat Mitchell says that two topics were never reported on because of their sheer divisiveness: abortion and peace in the Middle East. Recounting that anecdote at a panel on reproductive health she moderated at Spotlight Health 2017, the veteran media executive, formerly of PBS and CNN (among others), asked her fellow panelists how they approach the touchy subject of...
January 10, 2018
 Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit," speaks to an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival. When you wake up in the morning, do you roll over in bed to kiss your partner? Or, do you grab your smartphone?  “How many of you checked your iPhone within the first five minutes of waking up?,” New York Times columnist Charles Duhigg asked an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival...
January 02, 2018
David Brooks speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival about how life's mountains and valleys shape who we are.What if you examined your life in the context of all of its stages? The annunciation and initiation phases in your youth and young adulthood are full of discovery and learning. Then, the odyssey years in your twenties bring wandering and loneliness and lead to a commitment-making phase in your thirties. David...

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