AIF Blog - Health

July 25, 2017
Tom Price, US Health and Human Services Secretary, speaks at the closing session of Spotlight Health 2017, in late June.After many setbacks, a possible vote to overhaul of the Affordable Care Act is back on the table. President Trump is urging Senators to pass a bill that repeals and replaces the ACA. In today’s show, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price talks about the efforts in Washington, and what...
June 29, 2017
Ronald Klain was White House Ebola Response Coordinator from 2014 to 2015, and currently serves as an External Advisor to the Skoll Global Threats Fund. This post has been updated and adopted from the author’s piece, Confronting the Pandemic Threat, published in Democracy Journal (No. 40, Spring 2016). He will be speaking about global conflicts at the Aspen Ideas Festival.MERS in 2012. Ebola in 2014. Zika in 2015....
June 27, 2017
By Emma Green, The AtlanticIn the future, when a couple wants to reproduce, “they will not make a baby in a bed or in the backseat or a car, or under a ‘Keep Off the Grass’ sign,” says Henry Greely, the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.Instead, they will go to a clinic. Using stem cells from the couple’s skin or other non-reproductive organs, scientists will be able to make...
June 25, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.This is a passionate crowdThe people walking through the Aspen Meadows campus this week have dedicated their lives to healing, to preventing disease, to the betterment of humanity. You can hear that passion in the questions they ask in sessions and in the conversations in the hallways.But...
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...

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