2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, June 20th
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
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
8:00am–08:50am MDT
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
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
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
5:30pm–06:30pm MDT
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
8:00pm–09:00pm MDT
2019 Health
How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations

As medicine and public health make it possible for us to stay healthy well into our eighties, nineties, and beyond, we are challenged to find purpose in the gift of those extra years. Marc Freedman, president and CEO of Encore.org, believes that dedicating ourselves to the greater good is the pathway to fulfillment. In his new book, How to Live Forever, he reflects on the value of knitting the gen...

Wheeler Opera House Bar — Evening Session
In town event
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
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
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
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
5:30pm–06:30pm MDT
2019 Health
Wiped Out: Medical Debt in America

Medical debt is the number one reason people go bankrupt in the United States. Seventy-nine million Americans, including seven million elderly people on Medicare, are either paying off medical bills or struggling with costs they can’t cover. Worse, this often triggers a cascading financial catastrophe, as unpaid bills move through a credit-damaging collections process. Absent a societal consensus...

Limelight Hotel — Evening Session
In town event
2019 Health
Brigham Health Presents: Overhauling Health Care

Leveraging Innovation and Technology is certain to transform both the health care industry and the patient experience, with tools like artificial intelligence disrupting all aspects of care across the life span. Also, new technology like fast healthcare interoperability resources — FHIR — will give rise to new business models as patients decide what data to share with providers, health advocates,...

Wheeler Opera House Bar — 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
8:00pm–09:00pm MDT
2019 Health
The US Health Care Agenda: Top Journalists Explore the Issues

Once again, health care is bubbling to the surface of public and policy conversations. The phrase “Medicare for All” is on everyone’s lips — in the halls of Congress, on the political campaign trail, in the offices of activists and academics. But there is no agreement about what such a plan would actually look like, beyond offering some kind of public health care benefit to individuals under age 6...

Wheeler Opera House Bar — Evening Session
In town event
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