2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, June 20th
10:00am–05:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Aspen Ideas: Health Registration

Ideas Pavilion — Registration
3:30pm–04:30pm MDT
2019 Health
Can Science Be Trusted? Findings from the Wellcome Global Monitor Report

More than 140,000 people from more than 140 countries have told researchers just what they think and feel about science and key health challenges, such as vaccinations. Wellcome is releasing the findings for the first time at Aspen Ideas: Health. The largest such survey to date cuts across language, culture, and literacy levels to reveal how much people trust science, whether they feel it benefits...

Paepcke Auditorium — Festival Previews
2019 Health
From Roe v. Wade to Obamacare: What Will the Courts Decide?

Courts play a pivotal role in determining what health services American receive, and how they are paid for. That’s been apparent in the challenges to the Affordable Care Act and it will be evident as advocates respond to the restrictive new abortion laws being passed in multiple states. The judicial system is also deeply involved in decisions that affect commerce, many of which have profound clini...

Koch Tent — Festival Previews
5:00pm–06:00pm MDT
2019 Health
2019 Aspen Ideas: Health Opening and Welcome

Join Dan Porterfield, Margaret Low, and Peggy Clark to kick off Aspen Ideas: Health, featuring Big Ideas from Aspen Ideas: Health Presenters.

Greenwald Pavilion — Opening Session
6:00pm–07:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Opening Reception

Doerr-Hosier Center — Reception
7:30pm–08:30pm MDT
2019 Health
'The Cut on Tuesdays' Podcast: How Leana Wen Gets It Done (Live Taping)

When Leana Wen became only the second physician ever to lead Planned Parenthood, she was returning to an organization that years earlier had provided health care to much of her own immigrant family. Emerging from poverty, Wen graduated from college, summa cum laude, at age 18 and became a Rhodes scholar, a practicing ER doctor, a public health leader, a book author, and a passionate advocate for r...

Belly Up Aspen — Evening Session
In town event
7:30pm–09:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Johnson & Johnson Presents: THRIVE: Stories of Health Heroes Heard around the World

Through the power of a text message, the care of a health worker can fit in the palm of your hand. Through the power of mentorship, the distance between a rural clinic and a regional hospital can shrink while outcomes improve. And through the power of a midwife, the pregnant woman in need of a champion can thrive. During this evening of storytelling, meet global changemakers as they share moments...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Evening Session
2019 Health
Dear Evan Hansen: Broadway and Mental Health

Can a Broadway musical actually help destigmatize and further the mental health conversation in our culture? The Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen has proven that the answer is yes – doing just that through sensitive storytelling on stage and the cast and crew's work with mental health not-for-profits off stage. In this panel, Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president and medical director of the C...

Paepcke Auditorium — Evening Session
8:30pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
CBD: Hype or Hope?

Suddenly, CBD is everywhere – it’s being sold in major drugstore chains and showing up in skin lotion, smoothies, baked goods, lozenges, pet food, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Some people swear by CBD to treat inflammation, anxiety, pain, sleep disorders, epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and just about everything else. Derived from the cannabis plant, it is part of a class that also includ...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
Friday, June 21st
6:45am–09:00am MDT
2019 Health
Maroon Bells Exploration: Guided Walk through Aspen’s Wilderness Gateway (Bus Loads at the Limelight Hotel at 6:45 AM)

Follow local naturalists on a gentle walk along the pristine lake beneath the famous Maroon Bells peaks. Observe massive avalanche debris from an historic Colorado winter. Learn about the plants and animals that call this home and the secrets to their success in the wilderness. First come, first served for the first 50 participants. Dress warm!

Maroon Bells Amphitheatre — Sunrise Session
In town event
7:00am–07:45am MDT
2019 Health

Yoga mats provided.

Anderson Park — Sunrise Session
8:00am–08:50am MDT
2019 Health
Philanthropy Charts the Future

Fueled by a sense of mission and the recognition that neither government nor the private sector alone can set society on an optimal course, foundations play a unique role in propelling change. Philanthropy’s power comes from its willingness to test new ideas, measure outcomes, and accept that failure can sometimes be the price of experimentation. Above all, it comes from the recognition that the h...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Breakfast Talk
2019 Health
Is Immortality the Goal?

Can aging be cured? Hypothesizing that damage to the body accumulates over time, in fairly random ways, researchers and venture capitalists are investigating the mechanisms involved and searching for therapies to prevent or reverse the harms. If their breakthroughs don’t bring true immortality, they could at least vastly extend the healthy years of human life. Other pioneers focus more on a public...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Breakfast Talk
In town event
2019 Health
Reproductive Rights: Still a Battleground

Women have made health strides in recent years as attitudes toward domestic violence and sexual harassment evolve, but access to reproductive services remains an ideological lightning rod. Partisans still argue over a fundamental question: Who gets to control women’s bodies? Research shows that girls are more likely to stay in school when family planning programs are available, and that women who...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Breakfast Talk
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
The Business Case for Health: View from the C-Suite

About 40 percent of GDP in the United States is spent on either the health or financial industries, yet workers themselves are in increasingly dire health and financial straits. The plight of a large segment of the American public should be a siren call to sector leaders to align their business goals with actions that enhance household well-being and healthy communities. Fortunately, many industri...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
2019 Health
Aspen Lecture: Understanding the Immune System

Few drugs are as powerful as the human immune system. By generating an acute inflammatory response, it allows the body to defend against microbial invaders, cancer-causing cells, and environmental toxins, and helps heal injuries and infections. But there are also cracks in the system that can turn the body against itself, triggering autoimmune diseases. How do we tamp down on “bad” inflammation wh...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
2019 Health
The Influence of Housing on Health

Improved housing offers a tremendous opportunity to boost health. Some of the links between substandard housing and poor health are obvious, if alarming – pests and mold promote asthma, lead poisoning irreversibly damages the brains of developing children, inadequate heating and ventilation increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Less immediately visible is the impact of unaffordable housing,...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Plenary Session
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2019 Health
PhRMA Presents: How Can Medicines Be More Affordable?

No one should have to go without their medicines, but that is happening too often as patients are increasingly asked to pay more out-of-pocket for them. Now is the time for creative solutions to ensure wider access to life-enhancing and lifesaving treatments and cures. State and federal policymakers, advocates, payers, and the biopharmaceutical industry all have ideas for making cutting-edge treat...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Breakout
2019 Health
How is Big Data Changing Health?

Digital systems make it possible to identify patterns and trends in global and domestic health that foster better clinical decision-making and ultimately improve outcomes. Simply put: more biological data adds up to more diagnostic and treatment information. To use these effectively, we need to scale up our capacity to aggregate data and build predictive models that allow for inclusive, custom-tai...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Breakout
2019 Health
Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Inflammation in the gut has been identified as one of the culprits in a long list of chronic illnesses, including colorectal cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease. Cutting-edge research is also revealing a pathway between the gut and the brain, suggesting a possible explanation for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and a host of mood disorders. Investigators are diggi...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Breakout
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