AIF Blog - Health

August 12, 2016
 Americans reportedly waste nearly 40 percent of the food we produce. Still, one in six lives with food insecurity, lacking reliable access to food that’s both affordable and nutritious. How does food scarcity coexist with extreme waste in our society? Can we balance this equation?We asked these questions at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in a Deep Dive session titled Fixing Our Broken Food System. The session...
August 04, 2016
Can the Zika virus be contained? On Monday, in what CNN calls an unprecedented move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women and their partners to avoid traveling to areas outside of Miami, where they have attributed 14 cases of Zika to local mosquitos.  So, what does this mean?At Spotlight Health in June,  the CDC’s Anne Schuchat, Anthony Fauci (director of NIAID), and FDA commissioner...
July 26, 2016
Stephen Jones has a question for America: “Why is our bread so damn white?”It’s a question with a host of answers. White flour tastes sweeter. It’s predictable, and easy to work with. It’s efficient. It’s stable. And all of this is reinforced by habit.But Jones, a professor at Washington State University who runs a research program called The Bread Lab, doesn’t find any of those answers satisfying. Instead, he’s...
June 29, 2016
CALEB HARPER is the principal investigator and director of the OPEN AGRICULTURE (OPENAG) INITIATIVE at MIT Media Lab. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 29th on a panel called “The Bits and Bytes of Futuristic Farming.” Below, Harper explains how new technology and data is being used to created controlled climates and “digital recipes” to grow healthy food anywhere in the world.Tell us about what inspired...
June 28, 2016
Photo Credit: Jonas Fredwall KarlssonRaney Aronson-Rath is executive producer of “FRONTLINE,” PBS’s flagship investigative journalism series. She spoke at Spotlight Health on June 28th on a panel called "Immersive Storytelling: The Power of Virtual Reality." We caught up with Aronson-Rath and asked her to explain how "FRONTLINE" is adapting to a changing media landscape, and offer advice on mentorship. “FRONTLINE”...
June 27, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)After the House of Representatives finally passed a Zika funding bill on Thursday—for $1.1 billion (less than the $1.9 billion President Obama originally requested), much of it taken away from Affordable Care Act funding, and remaining Ebola emergency money. Given that, the White House has threatened to veto the bill. Which would mean still no federal funding for what Anne Schuchat, the...
June 25, 2016
Tom Voss is national veteran liaison for Project Welcome Home Troops, a program of the International Association for Human Values. He spoke at Spotlight Health on June 25th on a panel called "Focus on Breath: Healing the Trauma of Veterans." We caught up with Voss to learn about moral injury — what it is, and how it impacts veterans.My name is Tom Voss and I am a combat Veteran. I deployed to Mosul, Iraq from 2004...
June 25, 2016
What are Americans’ concerns when it comes to health and health care? Spotlight Health is exploring topics like healthy food, disease, the cost of care, and health innovations. Those topics are top-of-mind around the country. Watch our short video and share your thoughts and opinions using #SpotlightHealth on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
June 24, 2016
Did you play scrabble or Jump the Creek today?  Attendees at the Aspen Ideas Festival did.  Across campus, a series of playful, interactive installations are transporting participants back to their earliest memories of "just being a kid." With one of the tracks at Spotlight Health focused on The Child, what better way to remind global thought leaders of the importance of play for all kids. Remember running around...
June 24, 2016
INGE KAUER  is executive director of the Access to Nutrition Foundation and a member of its board. She spoke at Spotlight Health on June 24th on a panel called "Banishing Hunger: Inventive Strategies to Feed the World."We caught up with Kauer to learn more about how the private sector can help to solve the global issue of malnutrition.When it comes to access to healthy food, we are facing a global crisis. The...

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