AIF Blog - Health

July 11, 2014
As we humbly gathered two weeks ago at the Aspen Ideas Festival with some of the world’s preeminent thought leaders and changemakers, we were struck by the Aspen Institute's ability to structure its built environment not only to compliment the awe-inspiring natural landscape, but to provide spaces that enable true convening and productive dialogue. Of course as architects we take notice of these spaces and...
June 29, 2014
Colorado marijuana TCH content is said to be twice as strong as the national average. Addictive markets, such as alcohol and tobacco, rely on approximately 20% of consumers, their most habitual and abusive users, for 80% of their profit margin. Is Marijuana the Next Big Tobacco? On June 27, the eponymous event, part of the Aspen Ideas Festival’s Spotlight: Health, featured Ben Cort of the Center for Dependency,...
June 27, 2014
What makes a life worth living? For many of us, it’s our relationships with our families and loved ones, the ability to follow our passions, excel at work, and improve opportunities for ourselves and future generations.While tremendous efforts are underway to prevent deaths worldwide, guaranteeing survival is not enough. We must also strive to ensure that every human lives a life of quality.Nearly half the world’s...
June 26, 2014
At the opening session of Spotlight: Health — the health-focused event series kickoff to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival — all in attendance were asked to consider: What is the one thing that we need to do by 2024 to improve the health of the world? Eleven speakers rose to the occasion, taking the stage to share their ground-breaking suggestions with the audience. Our last blog post featured the first five "big ideas...
June 25, 2014
At the opening session of Spotlight: Health — the health-focused event series kickoff to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival — all in attendance were asked to consider: What is the one thing that we need to do by 2024 to improve the health of the world? Eleven speakers rose to the occasion, taking the stage to share their ground-breaking suggestions with the audience. Below are five of these "big ideas" to improve our...
June 24, 2014
Medical schools and teaching hospitals play a unique role in the nation’s health. Nowhere else do physicians and scientists teach the next generation of health professionals while conducting groundbreaking research that bring the latest treatments, technologies, and life-saving care directly to patients in clinical settings. These institutions provide over one-fifth of all health care and a disproportionate level of...
June 24, 2014
The intersection between technology and medicine presents great opportunities to improve the human condition. But how can we be true innovators in medical technology? How can we continually narrow the gap between what we want to do for patients, and what we can do for them?We might be deceiving ourselves if we think developing new technologies will help achieve our goals. The reality is that it is relatively...
June 21, 2014
We rushed into a nondescript building, seeking shelter from the relentless deluge of Malawi’s rainy season. A roomful of women stared back at us—19 on that day, but the number had been known to double. At nine months pregnant, these brave women had walked hours from their villages in order to be closer to critical care, should they need it during labor. In this case, that care was a low-tech clinic, just a stone’s...
May 29, 2014
In anticipation of Spotlight: Health, a focused expansion of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Public Radio has created a series exploring key health issues with a handful of experts who will be speaking at the event. From the rigors of kids' sports to Alzheimer's to treating addiction, and more, follow the links below to listen to previews of what's to come.The Healing Powers of BloodAre Kids Overdoing It in Sports?...
June 30, 2013
Yesterday, a crowd of more than 2,100 filled the Benedict Music Tent to see a lineup of dynamic speakers, and witness a few surprises. Spanning topics from China to Twitter to the human genome to life as a Supreme Court Justice, Henry M. Paulson, Elena Kagan, Eric Lander, Henry Paulson, Eric Cantor, Dick Costolo, and Katie Couric and others, took the stage. The packed house was dazzled by a flash mob musical...

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