AIF Blog - Health

October 07, 2018
Musician Jon Batiste energizes the crowd during the Afternoon of Conversation at Aspen Ideas 2014.Jon Batiste, musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," released his latest album last month. Hollywood Africans dives deep into his own personal and cultural heritage, according to Batiste's website. Over the years, Batiste has spoken and performed at the Aspen Ideas Festival, touching on topics like...
September 13, 2018
 Dr. Leana Wen talked about curing violence at Spotlight Health in 2015. This week, Wen became president of Planned Parenthood. Leana Wen, the newly-announced president of Planned Parenthood, was Baltimore City Health Commissioner in 2015. That was the year riots broke out following the death of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, grew up in an impoverished Baltimore neighborhood was arrested after he ran from police...
August 14, 2018
 Dan Porterfield, Paula Johnson, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay talk about the university's role in student health at Spotlight Health. Across the US, students are heading back to college for the start of the school year. Many will wrestle with mental health challenges. Campus counseling offices are busier than ever and peer-run mental health clubs are popping up. Colleges are working to keep up as students...
June 27, 2018
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks with Alison Kodjak at Spotlight Health in June.As the nation’s top doctor, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has pledged to lead with science and collaborate with local entities to tackle national health crises. In this episode, he speaks with NPR’s Alison Kodjak about children being separated from their parents at the southern US border, the opioid crisis, gun...
June 23, 2018
There is a crisis on the border. For some years, the nature of that crisis, its magnitude, and its causes were a matter of some debate. But with news reports last week of more than 2,000 children separated from their parents and housed in converted big-box stores, the situation became very quickly defined by heartbreaking images and audio of children in obvious distress. For pediatricians and mental health experts,...
June 22, 2018
If you're at Spotlight Health (or following along online), it's because you’re passionate about health, and probably one particular area of health. But there is room at the Aspen Ideas Festival for the enthusiastic generalist, and our programming is set up to offer a mix of the informational and inspirational. Why not spend the weekend exploring new ideas?A conversation with surgeon, author, and researcher Atul...
June 21, 2018
Jeff Marrazzo is CEO of Spark Therapeutics and a champion of the potential benefits of precision medicine and health care reform for patients. He will speak as part of Spotlight Health. Below he discusses innovations in gene therapy research.We all know what to expect from medical innovation in the movies. The low hum of a dimly lit lab after midnight. White boards covered with equations. The triumphant Eureka...
June 20, 2018
Seth Berkley is CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. He will speak as part of the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health. Below he provides recommendations for tackling the next global epidemic. This article originally appeared on STAT on June 14, 2018.News of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an urgent reminder that we need to change the way we fight disease, and we need...
June 20, 2018
Andy Slavitt is the founder and chairman of United States of Care. He will speak in the Spotlight Health track, Disrupting Health Systems. Below he answered our questions on how to create more equitable and affordable health care options.   Your nonprofit United States of Care includes both Bush and Obama appointees among its leadership. How do you achieve your mission of putting “health care over politics” given...
June 18, 2018
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. She will speak in the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health. Below she offers her recommendations for US entities who provide aid to sub-Saharan Africa. Africa was a continent once deemed “hopeless” by the US media. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, was condemned to an endless cycle of poverty, starvation, and tragedies...

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