AIF Blog - Health

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...
June 04, 2018
 Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones LLC. He will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below he discusses the five places in the world — dubbed Blue Zones — where people live the longest, healthiest lives.  What are Blue Zones, and what should we know about these regions?Blue Zones areas are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. The first one is...
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-...

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