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
10:00am–10:50am MT
2022 Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Presents: All Mothers Deserve to Live: Combating Maternal Health Inequity

The blood clots that nearly killed tennis star Serena Williams shortly after she gave birth were a grim reminder that neither resources nor fame offer full protection from the risk of giving birth while Black. “No one was really listening,” wrote Williams, describing her frantic effort to get medical attention. Maternal and infant mortality rates are far higher in the US than in any other wealthy...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
11:10am–12:00pm MT
2022 Health
Why Work in Healthcare?

Schools of nursing, medicine, and public health are attracting applicants in record numbers and admiration for these professionals has never been higher. At the same time, many workers—burned out, burdened by debt, and facing mental health challenges—are fleeing the field. Given the appeal, the stress, and the vital nature of healthcare jobs, we need to understand how best to recruit, motivate, an...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
12:30pm–01:20pm MT
2022 Health
Book Talk: The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness

Bouncing from doctor to specialist to alternative health practitioner and back again, millions of ailing people are offered a battery of tests and a medicine cabinet of therapies—and still find no respite from their symptoms. To have a chronic illness that the medical system can not diagnose and does not understand is to take a journey with experts who are at once bewildered and skeptical of patie...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
1:40pm–02:30pm MT
2022 Health
Microbes, Diet, and Immunity Dancing Together

Knowledge about the human microbiome, those trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that inhabit our bodies, is revolutionizing medicine just as mapping the human genome continues to do. Indeed, what we are learning could take us even further because the microbiome can be altered by diet, exercise, and stress control. Computational biology, DNA sequencing, and other analytical technique...

North Star Tent — 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
4:00pm–04:50pm MT
2022 Health
Partnering with Patients Strengthens Science

Patients, and the networks of people who support them, already play a powerful role in sharpening our understanding of disease, but much more can be done to center their experiences in the design of biomedical research. With encouragement from the scientific, medical, consumer, and philanthropic communities, patients facing a broad range of medical challenges can grow their impact by forging cross...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
Friday, June 24th
10:00am–10:50am MT
2022 Health
Supporting Parents, Nurturing Kids

Being a parent is more challenging than ever. Workplace demands, the shortage of affordable daycare and paid leave policies, and the complexities of social media all put enormous strains on families. Yet parents have been left largely on their own to navigate the systems and build the structures their children need to thrive and often feel isolated and exhausted. Given the role that early childhoo...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
11:10am–12:00pm MT
2022 Health
Countering Racial Bias with Empathy

No doctor awakens in the morning determined to discriminate against patients of color, yet their daily clinical decisions too often have that result. Implicit bias—unconscious assumptions and stereotypes—often cause the harm. The failure to ask the right questions, listen closely and reserve judgment can sabotage communication in any patient/physician encounter, but it worsens when racial differen...

North Star 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
1:40pm–02:30pm MT
2022 Health
Finding Healthcare at Your Laundromat, Grocery Store, or Barber Shop

In some communities, the laundromat has become a place to get a mammogram, a blood test, or a skin cancer screening. Mental health counseling is being offered at churches, health insurance sign-ups are taking place in libraries and parks, and barbers are raising awareness of hypertension and the risk of colorectal cancer as they snip and shave. When the doctor’s office is an intimidating space or...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
2:50pm–03:40pm MT
2022 Health
The Reckoning: Opioids and the Pursuit of Justice

Sometimes the underdog prevails. Acting on principle, with sparse resources and limited support from regulators and legislators, a few determined individuals took on the industry behind the opioid epidemic and found a semblance of justice for those it had harmed. Although Purdue Pharma gained particular notoriety for its deceptive marketing strategies, it did not act alone. To expose the culprits...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
4:00pm–04:50pm MT
2022 Health
The War on Misinformation

COVID-19 vastly accelerated vaccine skepticism, such that even routine childhood immunizations, including shots that had largely eliminated measles, are now being questioned. Misinformation can be as contagious as disease, undermining faith in institutions, jeopardizing public health and safety, and distorting clinical decision making. Come watch a live demonstration that reveals how viral spread...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
Saturday, June 25th
9:00am–09:50am MT
2022 Health
Reducing Food Waste and Feeding the Hungry

Almost 110 billion pounds of food, roughly 40% of the nation’s total food supply, go to waste in the United States every year, yet more than 38 million Americans lack reliable access to affordable, nutritious meals. Can we create a win-win-win that bridges the gap between waste and hunger while supporting struggling local restaurants that are often community mainstays? Rethink Food is proving that...

North Star Tent — Plenary Session
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