2019 Schedule

Saturday, June 22nd
Saturday, June 22nd
8:00am–08:50am MDT
2019 Health
KHN's 'What the Health' Podcast: The Politics of Health Care (Live Taping)

Despite the ferocious partisanship that too often characterizes health policy discussions in the United States, temperate experts on both sides of the political aisle are thinking about what needs to happen, how it can get done, and where they can forge effective partnerships. Health is likely to be a central part of the 2020 election season as Democrats and Republicans refine their positions on M...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Breakfast Talk
In town event
2019 Health
Taking the Lead on Global Health

Although new technologies and public and private financial commitments have powered tremendous advances in global health in recent years, insufficient human capital and the lack of strong institutional systems limit progress. Countries that have done the most to improve the health of their people have benefited from determined political leaders who set aspirational goals, mobilize resources, and i...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Breakfast Talk
2019 Health
Immunotherapy: Supporting the Body's Fight Against Cancer

It’s no secret that chemotherapy is a brutal and all-too-often unsuccessful way to treat cancer, one that harms healthy cells even as it tries to ferret out malignant ones. The search for alternatives is leading researchers deep into the human immune system, seeking ways to exploit the body’s extraordinary drive to heal. They are going to the frontlines of science to understand the pathways that r...

Limelight Hotel — Breakfast Talk
In town event
9:10am–10:00am MDT
2019 Health
Eliminating HIV: Progress, Possibilities, and Roadblocks

Can we end the HIV epidemic in the next five years? President Trump pledged in February to do just that, but it will take vigorous research, aggressive outreach, new global commitments, better access to evidence-based treatment, attitude changes — and resources. Although the viral infection has drawn less attention in recent years, some 37 million people still live with HIV/AIDS, including one mil...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
2019 Health
Aspen Lecture: An Atlas of Human Cells

When it is complete, the Human Cell Atlas will be a comprehensive searchable map of our cells — a “Google map for the human body.” By combining elegant science and painstaking work in the trenches, the Atlas will portray the basic unit of life in all its staggering diversity, including every cellular subtype, how one type of cell can become another type, which genes are switched on by which cells,...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
2019 Health
A Living Wage Buys Health

Health care or child care? Food or gas? Rent or electric bill? Tens of millions of US households face those impossible choices every month because they don’t earn enough money to pay for basic needs. The federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour won’t allow a worker to afford the average price of a modest one-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country. Little wonder that activists have shifted their empha...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Plenary Session
10:20am–11:10am MDT
2019 Health
Should We Overhaul the Drug Development and Pricing System?

The high cost of pharmaceuticals gets a lot of public attention, but that is only the endpoint of a long pipeline that moves drugs from the laboratory, to clinical testing, to approval, and into the marketplace. In the era of precision medicine, we urgently need a system that supports the development of innovative therapies at every step — but just as urgently, we need strategies that allow consum...

Koch Tent — Breakout
2019 Health
The Digital Revolution: Putting Patients in Control

When a consumer turns over a food package, a well-designed label provides some core facts about the ingredients inside. In a car lot, every vehicle posts key data in the window, allowing for fast and easy comparisons. No such thing exists in health care to simplify decision-making. Indeed, the explosion of medical knowledge, the increasing specialization of the field, and the expanding volume of a...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Breakout
2019 Health
Pathways to Universal Health Coverage

More than half the world’s population does not have adequate access to some of the essential health services they need, and 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty every year by health care spending. The global move toward universal health coverage, one of the UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030, would give everyone access to quality services without financial hardship. Reaching...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Breakout
10:30am–11:30am MDT
2019 Health
The Roaring Fork Valley’s Affordable Housing Crisis: What Does it Mean for Health?

Aspen Ideas: Health Engaging Local Issues Series: The Roaring Fork Valley isn’t meeting the demand for affordable housing, not only for low-income residents, but for households earning well over the region’s average median income. It’s a problem that echoes across the country, as the feds cut funding for affordable housing and gentrification and displacement becomes commonplace. Housing instabilit...

Pitkin County Public Library, Dunaway Room — Misc
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Beyond the Science: Where Are the Safeguards in Gene Editing?

No argument against genomic editing is going to halt that advancing science, given the remarkable potential of CRISPR and other disruptive technologies to treat or cure disease. But the pace of knowledge has come at breakneck speed, outpacing dialogue about the ethics and safety of altering human DNA. The announcement last November that a Chinese researcher had created the first genetically edited...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
2019 Health
Change of Heart: New Findings in Cardiology

Conventional wisdom about heart disease was upended twice within a few short months this year. First, the longstanding recommendation urging just about everyone over 50 to take a daily low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks was tossed out. Then, we discovered that many people who need to have a heart valve replaced can avoid the rigors of open-heart surgery in favor of a much less invasive tech...

Limelight Hotel — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
2019 Health
Reimagining Emergency Care

Almost 137 million Americans visit emergency departments every year, which is an extremely costly route to health care. Overcrowding is a widespread problem, yet a high percentage of people seek out urgent care for nonurgent needs because they have no other place to go. At the same time, telemedicine — such as telephone apps that can provide ultrasound — allows some patients to be treated without...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Lunch Session On Campus
2019 Health
In Conversation with Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC

On any given day, dedicated scientists at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are promoting childhood vaccines, advancing disease prevention, tamping down on food-borne illnesses, tracking microbial outbreaks around the globe, collecting data on drug overdoses and tobacco use, and conducting research in 200 laboratories. In March 2018, after 20 years in the US Army Medical...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Lunch Session On Campus
2019 Health
Listen Up: Musicians Talk about Healing

No one knows the restorative power of music better than the musicians who make it (although brain scientists keep learning more). In collaboration with Jazz Aspen Snowmass, well-known artists performing at the June festival talk about the history and origin of the music they perform, share personal stories about their own relationship to music, and riff on its link to health and healing.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass VIP Tent — Lunch Session In Town
2019 Health
The Geography of Longevity

Travel just seven miles from the Loop in central Chicago to the city’s West Side, and the life expectancy of residents drops by a shocking 16 years. Cross the border from Algeria, where residents average 76 years of life, to Mali, where it falls to 61 years. Persisting and preventable inequities by location, race, and socioeconomic status are a global phenomenon that can strangle family and commun...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Lunch Session On Campus
1:20pm–02:40pm MDT
2019 Health
Deep Dive: The Microbiome around the World

The human microbiome—those trillions of microbes that occupy the gut and many other parts of the body—plays a complex and intricate role in inflammatory diseases. One intriguing clue about its role is that place matters—the microbiome looks very different from one part of the world to another. Emigration and globalization reduce that diversity, with implications for biological systems that we don’...

Koch Tent — Deep Dive
2019 Health
Harnessing the Momentum of #MeToo

After the #MeToo movement exploded into popular view, groups of determined women recognized that it was not enough to call out bad behavior. As revelations of harassment became common knowledge, they turned their energies toward changing it — promoting the training and mindset shifts necessary to stop abuse, make it harder to hide, and hold perpetrators accountable. Helping young people understand...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Deep Dive
2:00pm–03:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Mental Health and Our First Responders

Aspen Ideas: Health Goes Engaging Local Issues Series: Colorado’s first responders are three times more likely to die by suicide than injuries incurred on duty. With a higher than average suicide rate, natural disasters, and back-country fatalities, the idyllic landscape we call home sometimes masks treachery that takes a toll on the mental health of emergency responders. As an added dynamic, fron...

Pitkin County Public Library, Dunaway Room — Misc
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Ethical Artificial Intelligence: Oxymoron or Possibility?

The algorithms used in machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence are remarkable in the speed at which they can analyze vast quantities of data to identify patterns and detect disease. But because they capture historical trends, those same algorithms can mirror human bias and perpetuate the disparities that already plague health care. As the use of AI expands, questions need to be...

Koch Tent — Breakout
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