AIF Blog - Health

June 28, 2015
Today marks the closing day of Spotlight Health at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. Below, actress, humanitarian, and Population Services International (PSI) Global Ambassador Ashley Judd explains how the negative effects of gender-based violence spread far beyond female survivors. It was pouring rain as my feet sank in the soppy clay on a dark road. A narrow and cracked sidewalk was lined with makeshift blue tents...
June 26, 2015
Aspen Ideas: Offstage features fascinating people sharing perspectives on the most pressing global issues of the day.Ruth Katz is director of the Aspen Institute Health, Medicine, and Society Program. As a congressional legal advisor she was instrumental in developing the Affordable Care Act. Reacting to the US Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the health care law, Katz offers an inside view of the ruling’s impact on...
June 19, 2015
 Our regular round-up of articles that have caught our attention, as related to each thematic track at the Festival. Some are by Festival and Spotlight speakers, others stand out because they go in-depth on a topic that will be featured. Making Arts WorkAfter years of struggle, highlighted in stark relief this year by the death of Freddie Gray and the riots that ensued, Baltimore’s arts community is rallying to...
June 05, 2015
  Want insight into the topics we'll be covering at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health? Over the next few weeks, we'll share articles that have caught our attention, as related to each thematic track. Some are by Festival and Spotlight speakers, others stand out because they go in-depth on a topic that will be featured.Happy reading!Oceans ‘15:How much water is used to produce the food on your plate...
March 18, 2015
 Neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen has been breaking new ground with her research into the brain and creativity for decades. Author of one of the first studies on the connection between creativity and mental illness, Andreasen’s most recent study delves intensively into the brains of some of today’s most famous scientists and artists, including Pulitzer Prize winners and six Nobel laureates, to better understand what...
August 10, 2014
As part of an initiative to broaden our audience and share ideas across several generations, we invited a range of high school students and recent graduates to join us at this year's Festival. The Youth Report blog series was born out of interviews these enterprising students did with several AIF speakers. We’re thrilled to share their voices here. By Dede Heldfond, Georgetown University, Class of 2018It seems as...
July 21, 2014
Former US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson for the concluding conversation of Spotlight: Health, the health-focused event series kickoff to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Keeping with the theme of the Festival, Sebelius was asked to predict how the state of US healthcare is likely to change by 2024.“I hope — and I think it’s...
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...

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