AIF Blog - Health

June 22, 2017
Ai-jen Poo is executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She has been organizing immigrant women workers for over two decades, forging pathways to sustainable, quality jobs for the caregiving workforce and working to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging populations. She will be speaking in the Caregiving track at...
June 22, 2017
Jenara Nerenberg is a writer covering the innovations in the sciences and humanities that help carry humanity forward. Her work can be found online at Fast Company, New York Magazine, Susan Cain’s QuietRev, CNN, TIME, Travel & Leisure, NextBillion, BlackBook and the Greater Good Science Center. She is scheduled to speak at Spotlight Health on how social capital affects wellbeing. She agreed to answer our...
June 16, 2017
Aspen New Voices Fellows pose at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.The challenges of international development can seem insurmountable. The world’s toughest problems in global health, food security, and poverty reduction defy easy solutions. The Aspen New Voices Fellowship, part of Aspen Global Health and Development, is working to address these problems. This year, the program's Fellows will lend their voices to the...
June 07, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore stars in the riveting and rousing follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Truth to Power. It's part of our flim lineup for the Aspen Ideas Festival.Public tickets for flims go on sale June 16.  SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUP James Beard: America's First Foodie (June 23) Today's American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity, and teacher...
May 18, 2017
 Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, will speak at Spotlight Health this summer. Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR. You’ve been covering efforts by republicans to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. What are the forces at play that keep the GOP and President Trump fighting for changes to the health care law? Republicans have been...
May 16, 2017
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal speaks with Joanne Kenen, executive editor of health care for Politico. Their conversation was part of the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.Elisabeth Rosenthal writes about our broken healthcare system in her new book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back. She says the system, comprised of hospitals, doctors,...
May 11, 2017
 Christina Agapakis is Creative Director at Ginkgo Bioworks, a biological design company growing cultured products for partners across many industries. Agapakis also writes about biology, technology, and culture for numerous outlets. She will speak as part of The Genetics Revolution track at Aspen Ideas. What’s synthetic biology, and how is the company you work for, Ginkgo Bioworks, using it to create consumer...
April 20, 2017
  Elizabeth Lesser is co-founder of Omega Institute, and the author of three books. She will speak as part of the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. (Photo: "Nurse Maggie," credit: Elizabeth Lesser) My younger sister Maggie was a renaissance woman—a no-nonsense nurse practitioner in a rural Vermont community, an accomplished artist, a mother and farmer and beekeeper and maple syrup producer. And she also was my...
February 21, 2017
Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor for Match.com, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Thanks to technology, we are more connected than ever—digitally. But at what cost? How have technologies, like online dating sites and apps like Tinder, changed attitudes and behaviors? How do we choose a partner and stay interested when we have an almost infinite world of choices at our fingertips? Will marriage become a...
January 24, 2017
How are diet and lifestyle linked to bacterial communities in the gut? How can growing knowledge about gut health be used to develop new therapies? Researchers are learning how the gut microbiome responds to the food we eat, influencing obesity, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and even mental health. Trillions of bacteria inhabit the human gut, working in close and complex symbiosis with our cells....

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