2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, June 20th
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
Friday, June 21st
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
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
3:00pm–03:50pm MDT
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
4:10pm–05:00pm MDT
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
Saturday, June 22nd
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
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
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
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
5:30pm–06:30pm MDT
2019 Health
How Do We Measure the Value of Health?

Who decides what something is worth? The price of health care doesn’t follow many of the rules of other commodities because it is so inelastic — people value restorative treatment and will almost always try to pay for it. And what happens when we confuse price with value? Care ends up being undervalued and things like medication end up being more expensive. Rather than generating treatment breakth...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
7:00pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
At the Heart of Gold (Film and Discussion)

For more than two decades, Dr. Larry Nassar was the physician for the US women’s Olympic gymnastics team – and a serial sexual abuser who chalked up hundreds of victims. Director Erin Lee Carr’s powerful documentary, with its brave testimonials from athletes at the center of the story, reveals a dangerous system that prioritizes winning above all. Based on years of research and interviews with doz...

Paepcke Auditorium — Evening Session
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