2019 Schedule

Friday, June 21st
Friday, June 21st
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Food, Elixir of Life

Fresh, nutritional foods are much more than one of life’s greatest pleasures, although they are certainly that. The science of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, cancer and multiple sclerosis, increasingly reveals healthy eating to be a primary determinant of health and healing. Research is bringing new rigor to recommendations that we put more whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and veget...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
2019 Health
Health from the Ground Up

Recognizing that health and well-being require far more than just medicine, health systems leaders, local activists and other partners are coming together to consider how to strengthen historically underserved communities. They are talking frankly about the role of race in health care, the health needs of special populations including formerly incarcerated individuals, and the importance of access...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Lunch Session On Campus
2019 Health
And Justice for All: Health Innovators Reveal What’s Missing in Health Care

Remarkable advances in health care technology have extended lives and eradicated diseases. But with commerce driving most health care innovations, many patients are being left behind. How do we foster progress that benefits everyone and reduces widening health care disparities? In four short, provocative talks, members of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship provide a rapid-fire look...

Doerr-Hosier Center, Kaufman Room — Lunch Session On Campus
2019 Health
The Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are getting our children addicted to nicotine and may be dangerous to the developing brain. More young people now use e-cigs than tobacco and there is growing concern that someone who vapes will eventually start smoking conventional cigarettes. So why not just ban e-cigs, or at least regulate them more vigorously? In part, because many researchers believe they are less harmful than to...

Limelight Hotel — Lunch Session On Campus
In town event
2019 Health
Putting the United States on the Path to Universal Coverage: Lessons from Abroad

Universal access to health care means many things in many nations. Taxes support a single-payer system in the United Kingdom, and health care providers are reimbursed directly by the government; patients pay nothing at the point of service. In the Netherlands, the government defines a basic benefit package and regulates private insurers; everyone is required to buy coverage, and generally to pay p...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Lunch Session On Campus
1:20pm–02:40pm MDT
2019 Health
Deep Dive: Rebuilding the Patient Experience

Patient-centered care is defined by the National Academy of Medicine as “providing care that respects and responds to individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensures that patient values guide all clinical decisions.” Designed to place patients at the heart of the system, the approach is built around well-coordinated, quality care, including physical comfort and emotional support, and...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Deep Dive
2019 Health
Deep Dive: Artificial Intelligence on the Rise

Artificial intelligence is an increasingly valuable coin of the realm in medicine. It is already playing a role in disease diagnosis, drug development, surgery, maternal and child health, and even depression treatment, and some analysts believe that by 2026, AI could reduce annual health care costs in the United States by $150 billion. After a slow start, it is also gaining attention in lower-inco...

Koch Tent — Deep Dive
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Reinventing the Pediatrician Visit

Brain development during a child’s first five years forms the basis for lifelong learning and physical health, making enriched environments critical to success. Hospitals and clinics represent an untapped opportunity to contribute in this pivotal period. From a newborn’s first day of life to the many subsequent well-child and sick-care visits, the health care milieu offers knowledge, equipment, an...

Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion — Breakout
2019 Health
Failure Is Not an Option: When Patients Become Advocates

A devastating diagnosis is enough to make anyone despair, but some hardy individuals respond by propelling themselves into action. While many diseases have support groups for exchanging information and referrals, some have also spawned patient-led movements that focus primarily on finding treatments and cures. Determined patients are getting clinical studies funded, using data platforms to share m...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Breakout
2019 Health
BlueCross BlueShield Association Presents: Beyond Fitbit®

The wearable device market is expected to double by 2022 and become worth more than $27 billion. Already there are more than 25 million active Fitbit wearers alone, a number that’s expected to grow as technology improves. Portable tools and other technologies of the future can transform patient care –- for example, by promoting better chronic disease management, improving medication adherence and...

Koch Building, Booz Allen Hamilton Room — Breakout
2019 Health
Healthier Living through Innovation

Once inventions work their way into widespread use –- the Internet and the cell phone, the X-ray machine and the CT scanner –- we stop thinking about them as novelties, and start considering them inevitable. Today, the possibilities for health-related innovations seem greater than ever, as massive amounts of data and lightning-speed computers are coupled with evermore sophisticated scientific and...

Koch Tent — Breakout
2019 Health
Creative Tensions: Our Bodies, Our Politics, and Ourselves: Making Space for Healthy Conversations

Gun rights versus gun control. Pro-choice versus pro-life. Welfare versus social protection. Whatever the topic, the language we use influences how we understand values behind it. Too often, lines are drawn before we even begin a dialogue. Conversations around most critical public health issues today are happening from a place that presupposes polarizing camps. And it’s not getting us anywhere. Ho...

Kresge Building, Hines Room — Breakout
2019 Health
Musical Genius and Mental Illness: What’s the Link?

Research supports the idea that creatives of all types are over-represented in the population dealing with mood disorders and other psychiatric challenges. Certainly some of the world’s greatest musical masterpieces were composed by musicians who struggled with mental illness. Was it a source of inspiration for their creativity, or did they turn to art to help them heal? Richard Kogan, a psychiatr...

Paepcke Auditorium — Breakout
4:10pm–05:00pm MDT
2019 Health
The Secret to Life: Genomics, CRISPR, and the Future

Six decades after the discovery of the DNA double helix, basic gene sequencing is becoming increasingly accessible to consumers, and start-up companies are hurtling into the real-world applications of this remarkable science. Is genomics becoming more democratized? What are the barriers to applying and accessing the new technologies? Hear from leaders who share insights on genomics discoveries, th...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
2019 Health
Advancing the Right to Health

The right to health has been affirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the constitution of the World Health Organization, and codified in numerous national constitutions and policy statements. On Native American lands and African villages, in the offices of global think tanks and international aid groups, activists are creating the conditions to widen access to care. But not everyo...

Koch Building, Lauder Room — Plenary Session
2019 Health
Rebuilding Patient Trust

Almost two-thirds of Americans don’t trust the medical system, according to a recent Gallup poll. The United States also ranked toward the bottom among survey respondents who agreed that “all things considered, doctors [in your country] can be trusted.” Rapid shifts in scientific knowledge, surprise billing, and broader suspicion of societal institutions have eroded consumer confidence, underminin...

Koch Tent — Plenary Session
5:30pm–06:30pm MDT
2019 Health
Undaunted: Stories from the Frontlines

As our planet warms and we face an acrimonious fight over resources of all kinds, how do the global health movement's most impassioned advocates take care of themselves and others? In this dynamic evening of short, personal stories, hear doctors, farmers, scientists, educators, and activists from all over the world zero in on why precariousness is only properly met with communities that care for o...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
2019 Health
Our Children Are in Trouble

From academic pressures to classroom shootings, economic uncertainty to climate change, young people are facing more stressors than ever, and it’s surfacing in some terrible ways. In the past 12 months, 62 percent of college students said they had felt overwhelming anxiety at some point, 41 percent were so depressed that it was difficult to function, and 11 percent had seriously considered suicide...

Wheeler Opera House Bar — Evening Session
In town event
7:00pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
Ask Dr. Ruth (Film and Discussion)

Almost everyone knows America’s most famous sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, now past 90. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex education, Dr. Ruth has transformed both public and private conversations around sexuality. Fewer people know about her early years as a Holocaust survivor and then a machine gunner in the Israeli army. Following a film screeni...

Paepcke Auditorium — Evening Session
8:00pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
'Terrible, Thanks for Asking' LIVE

The question is commonplace, the answer routine. Just about every day, someone will ask, “How are you?” And your rote response is almost sure to be, “Fine, thanks” — even if you’re totally dying inside. Not on this show. In a live performance, "Terrible, Thanks for Asking" takes just the opposite tack as Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings — sometimes sad,...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
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