2022 Schedule

Wednesday, June 22nd
Wednesday, June 22nd
3:30pm–04:30pm MT
2022 Health
After COVID: Preventing the Next Pandemic

For decades, public health experts warned of a coming pandemic and developed recommendations to prepare—yet when it arrived, the response was a catastrophic failure. With better surveillance, perhaps we could have slowed the worldwide spread of the virus. Had the threat become less politically charged, a consensus-driven strategy might have slowed it down. Certainly, stronger global governance and...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
Thursday, June 23rd
11:10am–12:00pm MT
2022 Health
Ensuring COVID Vaccinations for All

Eighteen months after a COVID-19 vaccine became available, high-income countries had administered more than 200 doses per 100 people; in low-income countries, the figure was almost 90 percent less. Access to diagnostics and therapies has been likewise constricted, underscoring the imperative of new approaches to global health equity. Investing in local manufacturing and scientific capacity, bolste...

Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room — Plenary Session
2:50pm–03:40pm MT
2022 Health
Best Friends: How Animals Bolster Human Health

Anyone who has ever had a pet understands how deeply connected human beings are to the animals who serve as our companions, lessen our stress, and perhaps offer a buffer against cognitive decline. Puppy play date, anyone? Honeybees help to protect our food supply, vision-impaired people rely not only on seeing-eye dogs but also on seeing-eye horses, and animal research has informed vaccine develop...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
Friday, June 24th
10:00am–10:50am MT
2022 Health
Hacked! Medical Systems at Risk

A cyberattack can disrupt a hospital’s oxygen supply, disable cancer-fighting radiation therapy, divert emergency vehicles, and force surgeries to be canceled. While data security has received a lot of attention, the risk that hackers will hold basic healthcare services hostage has far greater implications for patient safety. Ransomware attacks have already struck hundreds of hospitals and are ris...

East Lawn Tent — Plenary Session
2022 Health
CDC Foundation Presents: Feeling the Heat: The Climate and Health Challenge

The impact of climate change is dire: floods, drought, fire, hurricanes, deforestation, degraded water systems, agricultural devastation, and refugee crises. No one will escape the health effects, as respiratory, cardiovascular, and infectious disease rates rise, water and food shortages widen, and mental health harms escalate. But communities with weak infrastructure, fragile housing, and resourc...

Greenwald Pavilion — Plenary Session
11:10am–12:00pm MT
2022 Health
Novavax Presents: The Last Mile: Coming Together to Make Vaccines Make a Difference

While vaccine development was swift to combat COVID-19, just 60% of the global population has been fully immunized and viral variants remain a deadly threat, underscoring the importance of strengthening the “last mile” in vaccination. Ensuring equitable access to vaccines, overcoming structural obstacles to distribution, and combatting vaccine hesitancy will require cross-sector collaboration and...

East Lawn Tent — Plenary Session
12:30pm–01:20pm MT
2022 Health
Can We Put the Pandemic Behind Us?

Sixty percent of American adults, and 75 percent of children, have been infected with SARS-CoV2. Coupled with immunity-boosting vaccines and medical progress, rates of severe disease, hospitalization, and death are all falling dramatically. Can we declare victory and move on? Or do the threats still facing vulnerable populations require continued precautions? The prospect of more infectious or mor...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
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