AIF Blog

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
 For Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival, we're streaming many sessions live. Please see our live video streaming schedule below. All times are MST.  Spotlight Health Thursday, June 225 - 6 PMSpotlight Health Opening and WelcomeJoin Walter Isaacson, Margaret Low, Peggy Clark, Katie Drasser, and Select Spotlight Health Presenters to kick off the Spotlight Health Festival.Watch the session Friday, June 239...
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...
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 22, 2017
 Glenn E. Martin is founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), an organization dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030, and founder of the #CLOSErikers campaign. He will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Friday, June 30. The views and opinions of the author are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Aspen Institute. As a national advocate for ending mass...
June 20, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through what it’s like at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.Welcome (very soon) to the Aspen Ideas Festival.For a dozen years now, I’ve been sitting in the back of the room taking notes like an enthusiastic undergrad. By profession, I am a writer and editor, and my AIF job is to find perfect back-and-forths from the conversations happening in the front of the...
June 20, 2017
Eric Liu is the author of the new book "You're More Powerful Than You Think." He leads the Aspen Institute's Citizenship and American Identity Program.Black Lives Matter, the Occupy movement, the Tea Party, and many other groups have developed in recent years as a response to the age we’re living in — an age of epic political turbulence. Author Eric Liu says people across the political spectrum are reclaiming power...

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